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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 the 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 standards… 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 female-led project team? The owner, project manager, architect, and contractor on this project were 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 The Stacks, a three story structure made of rope woven around the former library’s steel bookshelves. You’ll also see the Make Lab where children can build their own wood shop creations and enter the virtual reality of the Tech Lab. 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 all the children who use it.

 

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 7: 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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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.

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 7: 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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WIG 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 Zinna Scott. Zinna is a fixture in her community and an active volunteer with Operation Better Block, Grounded Strategies, and several other organizations. Zinna will be hosting this dinner at 7800 Susquehanna Street in Homewood. Registered participants will receive an email in advance of the dinner with additional location and parking details, and everyone will be asked to bring a pot-luck item if possible. Join the conversation!

 

 

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Women+ in Green Book Club Author Discussion

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

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 7: 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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Creating Collaborative Project Teams

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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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Mold, Radon, and Lead in Schools Workshop

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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. 

Breakfast and coffee will be provided. 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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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.  Speakers Kara Magoolaghan and Leslie Montgomery will present on the JUST, GEN, BCorp, ISO 26000, and other growing trends in the industry and the role corporate responsibility plays in our sustainable future.  We will also hear from local organizations that have pursued these labels.

 

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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LEED GA Prep Course

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LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course 

Experience 

This one-day workshop teaches participants the core concepts within the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED certification program, and help participants effectively navigate multiple documents referenced by LEED rating systems.  Through interactive learning and project examples, participants will be prepared to successfully pass the LEED v4 Green Associate exam.  Our approach to teaching addresses adult education and follows up with effective study guides and exam prep material. 

In preparation to successfully sit for the USGBC’s LEED v4 Green Associate exam, you will learn about the LEED application process, synergistic opportunities within the rating system, and all of the updated credit categories. 

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has created the LEED Green Associate credential, which denotes basic knowledge and understanding of green design, construction, and operations.  The LEED Green Associate examination is designed to test general knowledge of green building practices and how to support other professionals working on LEED projects.  The Green Associate credential also serves as the first step for professionals pursuing a LEED AP Specialization. 

Value for the Attendee: 

  • The LEED Green Associate is designed to be of interest and value for all personnel – accountants to planners and contractors to facility managers – with responsibilities for the success of any green building project. 
  • Credentialed staff will feel empowered to oversee and manage consultants who are hired to guide the LEED certification process. 
  • Be one of the first wave of professionals to demonstrate basic knowledge of the newest version of LEED. 

Learning Objectives 

  • The participant will learn the core concepts within the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED certification program. 
  • The participant will be prepared to successfully pass the LEED v4 Green Associate Exam. 
  • The participant will acquire knowledge and understanding of green design, construction, and operations. 
  • The participant will explore the LEED application process, synergistic opportunities within the rating system, and the LEED v4 credit categories. 

This event is approved for 8.0 AIA HSW hours. 

Partnering with AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits. Please provide your AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events). 

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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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