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Virtual Women+ in Green Book Club Author Discussion

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Virtual Women+ in Green Book Club Author Discussion: A Just and Equitable Transition into a Green Economy

Please join Green Building Alliance for a year-long Women+ in Green book club featuring discussions led by the author of this year’s book! We will be reading Pathways to our Sustainable Future: A Global Perspective from Pittsburgh, by Patricia DeMarco, PhD. You can purchase a copy of the book here. Patricia will lead us in three book discussions and participants will be have the chance to ask questions, offer their own perspectives, and talk through these topics together.

Each book club discussion will be hosted at the Forest Hills Municipal Building, a net-zero energy building that Dr. DeMarco helped make possible as a Forest Hills borough council member.

Please sign up for each book club discussion that you would like to participate in. You can either sign up for all three, or just select the ones you are most interested in. Discussions are designed specifically with women and femmes in mind.

While each book club discussion was planned to be hosted at the Forest Hills Municipal Building, a net-zero building that Dr. DeMarco helped make possible as a Forest Hills borough council member, all of our events have been transitioned to online until further notice.

 

This Year’s Book Club Discussion Topics:

April 29:  Women’s Role in Preserving Culture

July 8: Climate Solutions Relating to Infrastructure and the Built Environment

September 30: A Just and Equitable Transition into a Green Economy

 

About the Author:

Patricia M. DeMarco is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. with a doctorate in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh. She has spent a thirty -year career in energy and environmental policy in both private and public sector positions.  She is a Rachel Carson Scholar and served as  Executive Director of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association and Director of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University. She holds the office of Vice President of the Forest Hills Borough Council. She sits as Secretary on the Board of Trustees for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

 

Her  book, titled “Pathways to Our Sustainable Future – A Global Perspective from Pittsburgh”  explores positive pathways toward sustainability, based on 28 case studies in Pittsburgh. Inspired by Rachel Carson’s environmental ethic, the book was funded by the W. Clyde and Ida Mae Thurman Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.  It was published by The University of Pittsburgh Press in 2017.

 

She is the Executive Producer of a documentary film with Mark E. Dixon, “The Power of One Voice- A 50 Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson” and has served as technical advisor for a video series with Kirsi Jansa titled “Sustainability Pioneers.” Learn more about Dr. DeMarco here.

 

 

 

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Sustainability for Us: Sustainable Community Case Studies

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This is Part 2 of our three-part series on “Sustainability for You, for Us, for All” which is being presented in the spirit of our Inspire Speakers Series. Various communities throughout our region have attempted equitable, sustainable development over the years. On this Zoom session, we will learn about some of these communities and their strategies and ask: Where are they now? What successes, challenges, and lessons learned can they share with other community leaders and advocates who are attempting to implement sustainable community frameworks and achieve sustainable and equitable development on a local scale? We will hear about communities at different stages in their journeys and hear about their experiences, as well as how the intersections of climate, equity and health are being felt within their neighborhoods.

Community members who will share their experiences, successes, lessons learned and help guide the conversation will include:

  • Donna Jackson, Larimer
  • Zaheen Hussain, Millvale
  • Brittany Reno, Sharpsburg
  • Daniel Rossi-Keen, Beaver County

 

We will host this session during lunchtime and are offering a complementary lunch delivery (by a local restaurant) to the first 10 people who sign up for this event! Please bring your own questions, experiences and ideas to the conversation. 

 

This event will be hosted over Zoom, and we will send event details and the Zoom link to registered participants prior to the event.

 

We hope to see you there! Stay tuned for Part 3 of this series!

 

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Women+ in Green Book Club Author Discussion

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Women+ in Green Book Club Author Discussion: Climate Solutions Relating to Infrastructure and the Built Environment

Please join Green Building Alliance for a year-long Women+ in Green book club featuring discussions led by the author of this year’s book! We will be reading Pathways to our Sustainable Future: A Global Perspective from Pittsburgh, by Patricia DeMarco, PhD. You can purchase a copy of the book here. Patricia will lead us in three book discussions and participants will be have the chance to ask questions, offer their own perspectives, and talk through these topics together. 

While each book club discussion was planned to be hosted at the Forest Hills Municipal Building, a net-zero building that Dr. DeMarco helped make possible as a Forest Hills borough council member, all of our events have been transitioned to online until further notice.

Please sign up for each book club discussion that you would like to participate in. You can either sign up for all three, or just select the ones you are most interested in. Discussions are specifically designed with women and femmes in mind.

All registered participants receive a Zoom invitation prior to the meet-up.

 

This Year’s Book Club Discussion Topics:

April 29:  Women’s Role in Preserving Culture

July 8: Climate Solutions Relating to Infrastructure and the Built Environment

September 30: A Just and Equitable Transition into a Green Economy

 

About the Author:

Patricia M. DeMarco is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. with a doctorate in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh. She has spent a thirty -year career in energy and environmental policy in both private and public sector positions.  She is a Rachel Carson Scholar and served as  Executive Director of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association and Director of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University. She holds the office of Vice President of the Forest Hills Borough Council. She sits as Secretary on the Board of Trustees for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Her  book, titled “Pathways to Our Sustainable Future – A Global Perspective from Pittsburgh”  explores positive pathways toward sustainability, based on 28 case studies in Pittsburgh. Inspired by Rachel Carson’s environmental ethic, the book was funded by the W. Clyde and Ida Mae Thurman Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.  It was published by The University of Pittsburgh Press in 2017.

She is the Executive Producer of a documentary film with Mark E. Dixon, “The Power of One Voice- A 50 Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson” and has served as technical advisor for a video series with Kirsi Jansa titled “Sustainability Pioneers.” Learn more about Dr. DeMarco here.

 

 

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Virtual Women+ in Green Book Club Author Discussion

Virtual Women+ in Green Book Club Author Discussion: Women’s Role in Preserving Culture

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Please join Green Building Alliance for a year-long Women+ in Green book club featuring discussions led by the author of this year’s book! We will be reading Pathways to our Sustainable Future: A Global Perspective from Pittsburgh, by Patricia DeMarco, PhD. You can purchase a copy of the book here. Patricia will lead us in three book discussions and participants will be have the chance to ask questions, offer their own perspectives, and talk through these topics together.

While each book club discussion was planned to be hosted at the Forest Hills Municipal Building, a net-zero energy building that Dr. DeMarco helped make possible as a Forest Hills borough council member, all of our events have been transitioned to online until further notice.

Please sign up for each book club discussion that you would like to participate in. You can either sign up for all three, or just select the ones you are most interested in. Discussions are designed specifically with women and femmes in mind.

All registered participants will receive a Zoom invitation prior to the meet-up.

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A note:

At Green Building Alliance, we envision a future where every building and community is sustainable so that every person can thrive. We count on our members to make this vision a reality and we are eternally grateful for the important work that you do each and every day.

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This Year’s Book Club Discussion Topics:

April 29:  Women’s Role in Preserving Culture

July 8: Climate Solutions Relating to Infrastructure and the Built Environment

September 30: A Just and Equitable Transition into a Green Economy

About the Author:

Patricia M. DeMarco is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. with a doctorate in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh. She has spent a thirty -year career in energy and environmental policy in both private and public sector positions.  She is a Rachel Carson Scholar and served as  Executive Director of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association and Director of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University. She holds the office of Vice President of the Forest Hills Borough Council. She sits as Secretary on the Board of Trustees for Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Her  book, titled “Pathways to Our Sustainable Future – A Global Perspective from Pittsburgh”  explores positive pathways toward sustainability, based on 28 case studies in Pittsburgh. Inspired by Rachel Carson’s environmental ethic, the book was funded by the W. Clyde and Ida Mae Thurman Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.  It was published by The University of Pittsburgh Press in 2017.

She is the Executive Producer of a documentary film with Mark E. Dixon, “The Power of One Voice- A 50 Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson” and has served as technical advisor for a video series with Kirsi Jansa titled “Sustainability Pioneers.” Learn more about Dr. DeMarco here.

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Corporate Responsibility Frameworks 101

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Join Green Building Alliance staff for an introduction to corporate social responsibility frameworks and rating systems, specifically relating to measuring equity in the workplace and operations.  GBA’s Leslie Montgomery will present on the JUST, GEN, BCorp, and other growing trends in the industry and the role corporate responsibility plays in our sustainable future.  We will also hear from International Living Future Institute’s Benson Gabler, Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Gina Johnson, and 3R Sustainability’s Jana Lake for additional information and perspective.

 

Agenda Overview:

  • What is Corporate Social Responsibility?
  • Introduction to Frameworks
  • Local Case Study
  • Q&A

 

Our Speakers:

Leslie Montgomery

Leslie Montgomery is responsible for the development, planning, and implementation of all of GBA’s education, training, and networking. Leslie also facilitates the Pittsburgh Living Future Collaborative and GBA’s Sustainability Leadership Lab and is an instructor for GBA’s LEED Green Associate and GPRO trainings. She holds a Master of Science in Sustainable Systems, a GPRO Operations & Maintenance credential, and a LEED AP for Building Design & Construction.

 

Jana Lake

Jana Lake is the President of 3R Sustainability and Chief Sustainability Officer of SRI Quality System Registrar.  Jana helps clients realize the value of sustainability in their organization by defining the right strategy, goals and metrics, combined with the best action plan to achieve them.  As CSO for SRI, Jana led the work to become a B Corporation, for which the company was recognized as a Best for the World honoree for its positive impact on its employees.  Jana has spent more than 25 years in consulting, several with Accenture leading its global internal change team and aligning its people, processes, and tools to achieve the company’s strategy.

 

This event is appropriate for all levels of learning.

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Women+ in Green Dinner Discussion

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Green Building Alliance’s Women+ in Green network fosters a supportive and celebratory community of women and femmes working in sustainability throughout our region. Sharing a meaningful conversation over a meal is one of our favorite ways to build this network of women because we must nourish ourselves in order to sustain the work we all do. Women+ in Green Dinner Discussions are intimate pot-luck style dinners hosted by volunteers who open their homes to other Women+ in Green. Groups are kept relatively small and the dinner hosts also volunteer to facilitate discussion around a certain topic. It is a casual evening and you never know where the conversation will take you or what relationships you will build over the dinner table.

 

This Women+ in Green Dinner Discussion is hosted by GBA’s Relationship & Development Director Elisabeth Udyawar. Registered participants will receive an email in advance of the dinner with Elisabeth’s home address and transportation/parking details, and everyone will be asked to bring a pot-luck item if possible. Join the conversation!

 

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