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The Punch List – 7/20/18

We Pittsburghers love our parks. Preservation Pittsburgh, along with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and the City are teaming up to add three Pittsburgh parks to the National Register of Historic Places. Pittsburgh’s largest – Frick Park, Highland Park which houses the Zoo and a vital water reservoir, and 124-year-old Riverview Park are all candidates. The expected one year process […]

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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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Bridge to 2030: Water

The Bridge to 2030 educational series invites Pittsburgh to delve into topics integral to 2030 District progress, including energy, water, transportation, indoor air quality, and financing.

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Agenda:
3:00 – 5:00 – Presentations, Panel Discussion, and Q&A
5:00 – 6:00 – Networking Reception

 

Presenters:

James Stitt, PWSA
How does water get from our rivers to our buildings and why does water efficiency matter? Learn why wasted water is tied to wasted energy and what you can do to help. Also, Save the Date for a tour of PWSA’s water treatment facility on June 7.

Heather Schrock, Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Using renewable energy certificates (RECs) to reach your 2030 Challenge energy goals? Consider Water Restoration Certificates (WRCs) for your water goals.

John Norbut, Highmark
Highmark has seen tremendous reductions in water use on their way to achieving the 2030 Challenge Goals. Learn how they’ve achieved these savings using their faucets and fixtures. You’ll also hear about their water filtration and testing programs.

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand why wasted water equals wasted energy.
  2. Gain insight into how water gets to your building.
  3. Discover how WRCs can help you meet your 2030 Challenge or LEED goals.
  4. Learn strategies for increased water efficiency in your building.

 

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This event is pending approval for 2.0 GBCI CEUs and 2.0 AIA HSW hours.

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.

 

Bridge to 2030: Water is sponsored by:

 

 

Interested in sponsoring the Bridge to 2030 Series? Contact Ryan Walsh or call 412-773-6017 to learn about opportunities.

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Campers enjoy some water play time at a Frick Environmental Center summer camp. Photo: Green Building Alliance

Pennsylvania’s Schools Have A Lead Problem, But There’s a Solution

Whether you have kids there, work there, or were recently there yourself: daycares and schools are where we spend a substantial amount of our lives — 1,000 hours for the average child per year to be exact. These places should be safe to spend time in — and free from the risk of lead contaminating the drinking water. In partnership with Women […]

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Social Change: Refinanced

In the 21st century, industry took a pause. Post-Cold War growth marked capitalism as the most productive economic system, but some of its most fundamental practitioners were beginning to rethink their relationships with the communities they served. Corporations, banks, and private funds responded with initiatives as varied as corporate responsibility offices, sustainable business certifications, and […]

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“City-Wide Green First Plan” Released for Public Comment

On December 2, 2016, the City of Pittsburgh & Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) released their “City-Wide Green First Plan” for public comment.  Those two entities, along with four consulting teams, worked to create both an innovative and cost-effective plan that would meet the Consent Decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to […]

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Proposed Stormwater Management Plan Poised to Create Economic Development Opportunities

Over the past year, the City of Pittsburgh has worked with Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) to develop a scalable and adaptive green infrastructure plan to address wet weather sewage overflows, basement back-ups, and localized flooding. The proposed plan includes job creation and economic development opportunities in city neighborhoods. On September 26, 2016, Mayor William Peduto, his administration, […]

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Four Takeaways from GBA’s Tour of the PWSA Water Treatment Facility

I recently attended GBA’s tour of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) water treatment facility in Aspinwall. Gina Cyprych, Environmental Compliance Coordinator, and James J. Stitt, Manager of Sustainability, led a magnificent tour for an audience of 35 people. Here are four facts I learned on the tour: 1. It takes water about 3 days to make […]

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Behind-the-Scenes Tour: PWSA’s Water Treatment Facility

Join GBA for a tour of the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority’s water treatment facility.

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EXPERIENCE

Ever wonder what it takes to transport water from Pittsburgh’s rivers and into your kitchen sink? Curious about how much energy is required to distribute and treat Pittsburgh’s water supply? Find out on a tour of PWSA’s water treatment facility along the Allegheny River. You’ll get to see PWSA’s historic building exterior full of modern filtration equipment and testing facilities, its unique mosaic map of Pittsburgh, and an on-site demonstration rain garden. Gina Cyprych, Environmental Compliance Coordinator, and James J. Stitt, Manager of Sustainability, will lead our tour, and GBA will provide the bagels and coffee.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

1. Understand Pittsburgh’s demand for water and PWSA’s distribution plan.

2. Discuss the process of treating water from the Allegheny River into potable water and historical developments in water treatment.

3. Explore PWSA’s water testing requirements and common pollutants found in local water sources before treatment.

4. Summarize the need for stormwater management in Pittsburgh and the benefits of green infrastructure, including rain gardens.

 

GBCI CMP AIA logo This event is approved for 1.5 GBCI 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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Pittsburgh 2030 District: 2014 Progress Report

The Pittsburgh 2030 District’s 2014 growth was in both scale and scope, presenting far greater opportunities for impact reduction. The goal of the Pittsburgh 2030 District is to reach 50% reductions in energy use, water use, and transportation emissions by the year 2030. As one of eleven established 2030 Districts in North America, Pittsburgh is also piloting […]

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