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

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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. 

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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Frick Environmental Center Tour featuring Women+ in Green

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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.

 

 

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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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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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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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