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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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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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Zero Waste Events: Tips & Tools

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Join Green Building Alliance for an introduction to Zero Waste event hosting.  GBA’s Leslie Montgomery will present details on how GBA aligns its facility operations and event management with its values, share tools and resources, and offer anecdotal examples for how GBA executes Zero Waste Events. Pennsylvania Resources Council will also share their tips, along with local resources that can help you host zero-waste events, too. Participants will also discuss ideas for aligning their waste policies with organizational goals and values. 

We invite event participants to bring their own questions, challenges, and insights regarding event-related waste. Please join us!








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Green Manufacturer Spotlight: Limelight Tile

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Join GBA for a green building tour of Limelight Tile, a sustainable manufacturer right in our backyard!  A Monmade producer and recipient of the International Living Future Institute’s Declare Label, Limelight prioritizes sustainability, transparency, and health throughout their operations.  This tour will include an insider’s look at the manufacturing floor, insight into the Declare process, and audience engagement.  

In the heart of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Limelight’s 25,000+ square foot facility is home to our production and showroom, where they turn raw materials from nearby sources into thousands of square feet of tile, architectural and decorative elements such as sinks, planters, signage, and sculptures for interior or exterior installations in any pattern, size, or color  

This tour will be led by Don Cella, a Pittsburgh native and owner of Limelight Tile. 

Don was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and is a proud supporter of products made in the USA, therefore he prides himself in the fact that all of Limelight’s supplies, products and production materials are from the Greater Pittsburgh area or just over the state line in Ohio.




CEUs: Pending approval, this event should be worth 1.5 AIA LSW and GBCI CEUs.  Participants will receive self-reporting instructions or auto-reporting details following the event. 

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