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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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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 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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GHSA K-12 Virtual Happy Hour: Climate Change Education for All!

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Green & Healthy Schools Academy K-12 Virtual Happy Hour  

Climate Change Education for All!

 

The science is in–the climate is changing and as educators, we need to prepare our students to be future leaders. However, many of us find it difficult to teach about climate change. The reasons are varied: the politicized nature of the topic, feeling unqualified in the content area, lack of resources or time. The truth is that informing our students about climate change is more than teaching them the science—it’s teaching them the range of solutions!  

GBA’s Teacher Cohorts are designed so every teacher of any subject area can take on the challenge of climate educationCome learn from a panel of this year’s participants about their journey designing for climate in their lessons and how to join our Pittsburgh and West Virginia cohorts next year!  The Zoom link will be sent upon registering. Contact Ellen Conrad (ellenc@gbapgh.org) with any questions.

 

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This event encompasses United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action and Goal 4: Quality Education.

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GHSA K-12 Virtual Happy Hour: Intersections of Climate Change and COVID-19

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Green & Healthy Schools Academy K-12 Virtual Happy Hour  

Intersections of Climate Change and COVID-19

 

During the COVID-19 quarantines, it feels like everything has been put on hold, including public displays of climate activism. Based on what we know from previous global pandemics, massive recessions, and world wars, what can we anticipate for climate action after COVID-19? Our discussion will be based on Rebecca Solnit’s article, “’The impossible has already happened’: what coronavirus can teach us about hope,” and how although we can’t anticipate everything, there is some promise moving forward.

Read Rebecca Solnit’s article “‘The impossible has already happened’: What coronavirus can teach us about hope” HERE: 

 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/07/what-coronavirus-can-teach-us-about-hope-rebecca-solnit? 

 

The first 15 minutes of each Happy Hour will be a brief presentation on the topic, which will lead into a guided discussion. There will be a summary of the reading, so don’t feel like you need to read it to participate in the conversation. The Zoom link will be sent upon registering. Contact Ellen Conrad (ellenc@gbapgh.org) with any questions.

 

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This event encompasses United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action.

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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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CANCELLED: Frick Environmental Center Tour featuring Women+ in Green

Out of concern for our staff, community, and overall public health during the spread of COVID-19, Green Building Alliance will be suspending events in the month of March and will evaluate all future events on a case-by-case basis. We apologize for any inconvenience!

 

Frick Environmental Center Tour featuring Women+ in Green

The Frick Environmental Center is one of the greenest buildings in the world – one of only 25 buildings across the globe to achieve full Living Building certification. It operates at net positive energy and water, utilizes only the healthiest building materials, and provides an inclusive and welcoming space for anyone who wants to explore Pittsburgh’s Frick Park. Not only that, but it was made possible by a majority female-led project team from the owners to the designers and contractors.

 

Come and tour this beautiful building and gain some perspective from some of the female leads on the project. Participants will learn about material selection, using the park as design inspiration, finding creative solutions to meet an incredibly difficult building standard, and specific insights from the female leads.

 

This tour has been designed for GBA’s Women+ in Green network and the Pittsburgh Living Future Collaborative, but all are welcome. Please join us!

 

About Our Speakers:

Patty Culley is a Senior Associate with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, an award-winning national architecture firm. Her approach to architecture centers on the balance between thoughtful design and environmental consciousness, creating buildings representative of their unique program and place.

Committed to advancing dialogue within the industry, she volunteers her time locally and nationally on issues related to design, sustainability, biophilia, and equity.

 

 

 

 

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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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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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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