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25 Years of Green Building History

For more than a quarter of a century, Pittsburgh has been building healthier and more environmentally responsible buildings. In September of 1993, a roomful of volunteers decided that Pittsburgh could do better.  Just a few months earlier, a start-up called the US Green Building Council convened its first meeting, and it would be another five years until […]

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The Punch List – 8/3/18

Plans to keep Pittsburgh’s riverfront beautiful. The Pittsburgh City Council approved the RIV – new legislation for riverfront zoning. The guidelines for the 35 miles of riverfront include restrictions for height and distance from the river for new constructions. Developers can bypass certain restrictions by offering a public feature, like affordable housing, public parks, or […]

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The Punch List – 7/27/18

Certification Central at Hazelwood Green. Remake Group will be the project director for the property that is aiming to be a “global model for sustainable development practices.” A public trail and bike- and pedestrian-friendly streets join the plans for the large public green space. The projected certifications include LEED-ND Gold, WELL Community Standards, Living Community Challenge, p4 Performance Measures, […]

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The Punch List – 7/6/18

Hyped about faster, cleaner transportation. The first Hyperloop transit route in the U.S. will span from Pittsburgh to Chicago, and its development is quickly progressing. Consultants will soon begin environmental impact and feasibility studies, following this past year of testing in Las Vegas. The transit system is vacuum based with some propulsion, and the projected air and noise pollution is less than […]

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The Punch List – 6/22/18

PAT is revving up cleaner buses. Port Authority is planning to bring its first electric buses to the fleet: 2 buses costing more than $1 million each. Partially funded by a grant from the Federal Transit Administration and personally tested by ACE Fitzgerald and PAT CEO Katharine Eagan Kelleman, the buses are anticipated to hit the streets of the East End next […]

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The Punch List – 6/15/18

GBA’s Punch List is a weekly collection of the latest green building and sustainability news. The question of how to best deliver Pittsburgh’s water still looms. In February, Peoples Natural Gas pitched a partnership to Pittsburgh Water Sewer Authority involving new water lines and a new treatment facility — and some details have emerged, with People’s proposing a […]

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The Punch List – 6/1/18

GBA’s Punch List is a weekly collection of the latest news in green buildings and sustainability. Celebrating a remarkable achievement in green building. Frick Environmental Center joins only 20 other buildings with Living Building Certification – the highest green building standard demanding extensive performance requirements like net zero water and energy. The project is only the second in PA to achieve […]

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Check Out These Energy and Sustainability Conferences Coming to Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh gets a lot of national attention for being a great place to live, but many organizations know that it’s also a great place to host a conference. Some conferences of green building and sustainability interest coming to Pittsburgh in 2018 are as follows.  Locals, get inspired; nationals, come visit us!   Getting to Zero National […]

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The Silver Lining: Majestic Lane

“How can people of all races, ages, and backgrounds see Pittsburgh as a city that makes them strong, a city that opens their eyes to global realities, while still being on the ground?” As the City of Pittsburgh’s Deputy Chief of Neighborhood Empowerment, Majestic Lane supports the health and vibrancy of Pittsburgh’s 90 neighborhoods. His […]

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The Curious Case of EcoDistricts in Pittsburgh

There’s something special about EcoDistricts in Pittsburgh. Every time I talk with local leaders, there seems to be yet another neighborhood that’s organizing around this new standard for equitable and sustainable neighborhood development. As part of the national non-profit advancing the EcoDistricts approach, I’m excited and inspired each time I connect with Pittsburgh. The city […]

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