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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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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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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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POSTPONED: Indoor Air Quality in Schools: Best Practices for Makerspaces and Special-Use Classrooms

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Out of concern for our staff, community, and overall public health during the spread of COVID-19, this event will be rescheduled for May 2020 (exact date TBD). Thank you for understanding and stay healthy!


Join Women for a Healthy Environment and Green Building Alliance for a technical training on indoor air quality in schools, led by Director of Facilities at the Children’s Museum Lab Chris Cieslak. More and more schools in our region are embracing hands-on learning and innovative tools to facilitate STEAM education, such as 3-D printers, laser-cutters, and traditional ceramics and woodwork studios. This training considers the best practices to adopt to ensure that these new technologies are used safely, that indoor air quality is protected, and that systems are in place to assure the health and safety of building occupants when these tools are in use. 

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. 


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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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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Handprinting: Creating Healthy, High-Performing, and Engaging School Environments through a Net-Positive Approach

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Born out of research from Harvard and MIT, Handprinting is a response to the concept of carbon footprints, emphasizing how positive actions in our community for sustainability and climate action can be bigger than impact. What role can handprinting play in your classroom or school? Join us as we go through the science on how focusing on the possibilities of our actions can spur action and excitement for climate!   

Featuring handprinting presentations by South Fayette’s Student Diversity Leadership Committee and Rowan Elementary’s Project Bat.

Scholarships are available in an effort to make this program accessible to everyone and are given based on financial need.  Coffee, breakfast and lunch are included in cost. To receive a scholarship to an event or for more information on the School Sustainability Culture Program Workshop series and other GHSA programming, contact Green and Healthy Schools Director, Katie Lockley. 

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Workshop Agenda

8-8:30 Complimentary coffee and breakfast

8:30-9:30 Get to know your Carbon Footprint!

9:3010:30 Handprinting: A Net-Positive Approach 

10:30-10:45 Break 

10:45-11:45 Handprinting with South Fayette’s Student Diversity Leadership Committee

11:45-12:30 Lunch 

12:30-1:30 pm Rowan Elementary’s Project BAT 

1:30-2:30 Measuring handprinting in your school 

2:30-3pm Union Project Tour  (Optional)


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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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