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Energy efficiency upgrades planned for USW headquarters

GBA’s Sean Luther joined representatives from The Efficiency Network (TEN) and Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald in helping United Steelworks (USW) kick off a major water and energy efficiency upgrade at its Five Gateway Center headquarters in Downtown Pittsburgh. Planned renovations include solar water heating, lighting retrofits, HVAC upgrades, and elevator systems. TEN estimates […]

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Member-Only Green Building River Cruise

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Pittsburgh river dawn

Hop aboard the Pittsburgh Water Limo Fantasy Cruise Boat for an evening of food, drink, and mingling!

We’ll start the cruise at Southside Works and loop around Point State Park and the North Shore before we make our way back, with spectacular views the whole way!  Enjoy dinner and dessert with green building experts including our own CEO Mike Schiller and see from a new angle the exciting progress of the 2030 District and other sustainability initiatives taking place along our rivers.  Celebrate the ways your membership is making a difference in our region!  You won’t want to miss this!

Member tickets are $40, and members can bring a guest for only $30!  If you’re not a member yet, $115 will get you both a ticket and a year of membership.

Pick-up is at 6 p.m. and the cruise will begin at 6:30.  Dinner will be catered by Bluebird Kitchen.

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Pittsburgh Sweeps National Awards for Energy Efficient Buildings

Pittsburgh Sweeps National Awards for Energy Efficient Buildings The EBie Awards Recognize Three Pittsburgh 2030 District Partners   June 13, 2014 – (New York) More than 100 people gathered at the Hard Rock Café in Manhattan’s Times Square on Monday night to celebrate the people behind our country’s most efficient existing buildings.  Urban Green Council […]

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PWSA Approves Green Infrastructure Grant Program

Pittsburgh, PA – The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) board approved a resolution to establish a Green Infrastructure Grant Program, which will incentivize private property owners and community organizations to implement projects that manage stormwater with green infrastructure (GI). The Green Infrastructure Grant Program aligns with PWSA’s Wet Weather Feasibility Study to fund projects […]

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Living Product Expo

Join the International Living Future Institute at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for its inaugural trade show and conference on revolutionizing the product industry.







The Living Product unExpo is a groundbreaking new event that will bring together leading minds in the product industry and ignite a revolution in the way materials are designed, manufactured and delivered. Sustainability directors from the world’s leading design firms, prominent manufacturers, and sustainability consultants will gather to learn about game-changing innovations in product design.

To register, click here.

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Pittsburgh #20 on ACEEE’s 2015 City Scorecard

Just in — Pittsburgh is #20 on ACEEE’s 2015 City Scorecard.  This is a jump up from our #25 ranking on the 2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard (the last year the scorecard was updated) — and the shift up 5 spots even comes even as the comparison field broadened (including 51 cities for 2015, whereas […]

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Evolution E-Cycling: Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Electronics Recycling

Have you ever wondered if recycling plants are really keeping waste out of the landfill? Learn more about the recycling process at GBA’s tour of Evolution E-Cycling, a local electronics recycling and data destruction company that walks the recycling talk.

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Evolution E-Cycling is a small business in Pittsburgh’s Southside that processes three kinds of waste: electronics recyclables, electronic data that need to be safely destroyed, and universal waste. After networking over snacks and beverages with Pittsburgh professionals, our afternoon event will begin with a presentation on Evolution E-Cycling’s founding and development as a company that meets a demand for electronics recycling in Pittsburgh. We will receive an overview of the categories of waste that Evolution E-Cycling processes and the amount of waste diverted from landfills each year. We will then tour the recycling plant and see firsthand the streamlined recycling processes designed to limit energy consumption within the facilities.


1. Learn about the amount of waste diverted from landfills by Evolution E-Cycling each year.

2. Understand how a streamlined recycling process models energy efficiency best practices through reliable monitoring, similar to LEED O&M prerequisites.

3. Explore ways that organizations could include Evolution E-Cycling in their ongoing waste policies according to LEED O&M standards.

4. Brainstorm ways that organizations could utilize Evolution E-Cycling’s services to help reduce durable waste by 75%, according to the LEED O&M Solid Waste Management credit.

GBCI CMP LEED AP O&M  AIA logo This event is approved for 1.5 GBCI LEED-specific AP O&M CEUs and 1.5 AIA HSW credits.

Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits.  Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.

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Grant Funds Provided to Upgrade Construction Equipment in Allegheny County

Air quality in Pittsburgh, relative to the rest of Allegheny County, has been consistently poor throughout the last decade. Many factors contribute to this, including the detrimental health effects from diesel fumes.  Construction sites produce large amounts of soot emissions by using older-model diesel construction equipment. Purchasing newer, more efficient equipment is a large expense […]

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Unique Commuter Survey Reveals Complexity of the 2015 Pittsburgh Commuter

Mayor William Peduto, in partnership with Green Building Alliance (GBA) and Envision Downtown, today announced initial results of the Make My Trip Count commuter survey, offering a glance at the complexity of the 2015 Pittsburgh commuter. The survey, conducted last fall by GBA and a dozen partners, asked where commuters travel from and to, and […]

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