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MuseumLab Tour featuring Women+ in Green

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MuseumLab Tour featuring Women+ in Green

 

MuseumLab is the newest addition to Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and it’s an example of great synergies of building performance, historic preservation, occupant health, and accessibility. The building was designed to meet LEED, WELL, 2030 Goals, and Universal Design standard, all while preserving the magnificent historic details of what was once the Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny. Did we mention this was all done by a women-led project team? The owner, project manager, architect, and contractor on this project are all women.

 

Our tour will be led by Museumlab project director Chris Cieslak and construction project manager Christi Saunders. The pair will share a behind-the-scenes, exclusive look into the construction and design of the renovation. You’ll get a look at Gymlacium in the Stacks, a three-story interactive artwork featuring woven rope sections integrated throughout the steel bookshelves of this former library, where you can climb, slide, swing and hang out. You’ll also see the Make Lab, a makerspace with tools and materials for working with wood, fiber, recycled materials and more; Studio Lab, featuring rotating artwork and activities related to an artist or theme; and Tech Lab, with augmented and virtual reality projects, a mobile recording studio and interactive artwork.  

Chris and Christi will provide details about the revitalization of much of the original structure of the 1890 Carnegie Free Library, and the multiple green building guidelines they have followed to ensure a sustainable and healthy space for everyone who uses it, including the students and staff of an embedded middle school.

 

This tour was designed for GBA’s Women+ in Green network but all are welcome. Please join us!

 

Learning Objectives:

1) Understand the requirements of LEED, WELL, the 2030 Challenge, and Universal Design.

2) Gain insights from a female-led project team including unique benefits or challenges.

3) Understand how the mission of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh aligns with the goals of green buildings.

4) Gain an understanding of how historic preservation aligns with green building but can also create challenges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This event is currently pending approval for 1.5 GBCI CEUs

 

 

Scholarships for this event are available upon request. Please contact Leslie Montgomery at lesliem@gbapgh.org for more details.

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Women+ in Green Book Club Author Discussion

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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.

These book club discussions will be pot-luck style and you’ll be asked to contribute a food or drink item if possible.

 

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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GBA Member Event: Virtual Green Building Trivia Night

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Register for our Virtual Green Building Trivia Night!

 

Trivia Night! – Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce

 

Looking for a way to test your knowledge with a little friendly competition during your quarantine? Join us for Green Building Alliance’s Virtual Green Building Trivia Night! We will gather from near and far to test our green building expertise, challenge ourselves, and learn together. Now might be the time to refresh your memory on facts you’ve learned at our events and tours, or maybe even do some research to sharpen up. You never know what will score you some points…

 

Think you have what it takes? Game on, we’ll see you there!

 

 

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Sustainability for You: COVID-19 Listening Party

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Part 1
Sustainability for You: COVID-19 Listening Party

The first event in our series is a listening tour that will provide individuals the opportunity to discuss their lived experiences throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as they relate to Climate Change, Healthy, and Social Equity. Anyone is welcome to join this event and we’d love to hear your stories and experiences. Some questions might include:

  • How is COVID-19 impacting you?
  • What needs are you facing that are specific to both human health or your surrounding environment?
  • How are the intersections of climate, equity, and health experienced by you right now – and what solutions do you need that could heal both people and the planet/

 

GBA’s Sustainable Communities program seeks to integrate social, environmental, and economic impacts across neighborhood scales. In working with other community partners, information gathered through this listening party will help us identify how to best support our communities moving forward.

 

Part 2 of this series will present Sustainability for Us as we gain insight from community leaders around the region as they describe their successes, challenges, lessons learned, and next steps in pursuit of sustainable and equitable community development. They’ll share advice for other advocates who are attempting to implement sustainable community frameworks at the local scale.

 

Part 3 of this series will present Sustainability for All where we’ll explore green buildings as a Civil Rights issue and explore efforts aimed at catalyzing new norms in the building industry and ensuring application of equity principles within the sustainability sector.

 

Stay tuned for additional details about Part 2 and Part 3 of this series!

 

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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.

If you would like to further support our work towards that vision, consider making a donation here.


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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Mold, Radon, and Lead in Schools Webinar

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This event was rescheduled from March 10th, 2020 and is now available online.

Join Women for a Healthy Environment and Green Building Alliance for technical guidance on addressing mold, lead and radon in your school building.  Participants will learn best practices around preventing moisture & mold issues in their buildings and will learn how to investigate, evaluate, and remediate moisture & mold problems in their building.  Participants will receive technical guidance on the environmental hazards of lead and radon, understand the steps and nuances of testing and remediation and learn more about the resources available to assist in the process.  

This workshop is presented in collaboration with the 1000 Hours a Year Project, which is committed to helping improve the environments where children learn to keep kids safe, healthy and learning. The 1000 Hours a Year Project was made possible through generous funding from The Heinz Endowments and talented staff from Women for a Healthy Environment¹s Healthy Schools PA and Green Building Alliance’s Green and Healthy Schools Academy. 

This workshop is offered via Zoom. Please register to receive the Zoom link. For more information on the Healthy Schools Workshop series and other GHSA programming, contact Green and Healthy Schools Director, Katie Lockley. 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

Identify common facility interest areas, pain points, and foci that relate to the experience of facility personnel.  

Share best practices and common misunderstandings  

Establish connections with other people in their field that are having similar experiences for increased support  

Develop a series of action steps upon the end of the workshop to apply in their own school settings.  

 

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Emerging Professionals Happy Hour

 

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Emerging Professionals Happy Hour

 

Green Building Alliance’s Emerging Professionals (EPs) are the energetic and dynamic leaders of tomorrow’s green building movement. GBA’s Emerging Professionals committee enables individuals early in their sustainability careers to be a force for progress within their communities by providing a forum for networking and education.

Emerging Professionals are in the early stage of their careers and interested in or already working in the green building industry (generally under 35 years of age). Graduate students are encouraged to become involved, while undergraduate students are encouraged to engage with existing green building and sustainability networks at their college or university.

Whether you’re already a GBA Emerging Professional or if you’re interested in joining the group, join us for this casual happy hour where you can meet new friends and professional connections, and learn how you can get involved with GBA. Registration is free (but please register in advance) and participants purchase their own food and drinks.

 

 

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CANCELLED: Creating Collaborative Project Teams

This event has been cancelled and will be re-scheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience!

 

Join Green Building Alliance for a deep dive into creating collaborative project teams for high-performance buildings. Speakers from the design and construction fields will share insights and lessons learned about why collaboration is necessary for achieving health and sustainability goals; tips and qualities that contribute to collaboration; and real-life examples. Participants will also engage in discussions and activities that will help foster collaboration on future projects.

 

This event has been designed for those working in architecture, construction, or engineering and can also be beneficial to project managers and building owners or operators. If you are currently working on a high-performance building project and would like to attend with other members of your project team, please inquire about a group registration.

 

Leslie Montgomery

Leslie is responsible for the development of all of GBA’s educational events. She conceptualizes different learning models, while tracking the most relevant  innovations in sustainable buildings.  Leslie also partners with companies throughout the region to deliver high-quality, informative programming. Leslie holds a Masters of Science in Sustainable Systems from Slippery Rock University, and a Bachelors of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from Winthrop University.

 

Noah Shaltes

Noah joined PJ Dick as a project manager in 2009 after 11 years in the construction industry. His project management skills include project budgeting, schedule development and monitoring, and team leadership. He is also adept at interfacing and coordinating work efforts with both client and subcontractor personnel. Project experience includes electrical and plumbing work for the 17th floor condominium at 3 PNC Plaza, the renovation/restoration of Bethany College’s Cochran Hall, and construction of the School of Business at Robert Morris University and the Frick Environmental Center.

 

Kirsten Clemens

Kirsten is a strong designer with the ability to create a visual story to relate her designs to a wide variety of populations. A common thread carried throughout her work is creating long-lasting sustainable communities, continuing to deepen clarity for good design and ecologically restorative buildings. She has led sustainable design initiatives as a core member to internal research groups and designed the 2015 award-winning entry for the Architecture at Zero Net Zero Energy Student Housing project on the UCSF Mission Bay campus.

 

 

 

 

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