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Michael Carnahan

Remembering and Honoring Michael Carnahan, Scalo Solar Solutions – 2021 Emerald Evening Legacy Award

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. Mike Carnahan was not afraid of challenge and controversy, especially when it came to his passionate advocacy for sustainable transformation and dedication to […]

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Triboro EcoDistrict Millvale

Pittsburgh River Towns Unite to Create Triboro EcoDistrict

Environmental issues do not observe political boundaries. As rivers and valleys tie regions together, they equally bind diverse communities to a shared future. In Pittsburgh, the three river towns of Millvale, Etna, and Sharpsburg are forging their own connections, and the newly launched Triboro EcoDistrict promises to be a model for neighborhoods around the country. […]

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A Googolplex of Renewable Energy

As of December 1st, Google became the single largest corporate purchaser of renewable power in the world, joining 116 other companies that have committed to ‘going 100% renewable.’  It’s tempting to see corporate renewable pledges as a balm to otherwise bleak predictions. But what does ‘going renewable’ actually entail? Are companies like Apple and Amazon […]

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Going Solar: “Solarize Oakland-Uptown” Launches with Workshop for Commercial Property Owners

Registration is requested for this event–please REGISTER HERE. Thanks!


Calling all commercial property owners in Oakland and Uptown! As partners in the Solarize Allegheny campaign, the Green Building Alliance’s Pittsburgh 2030 District – along with Oakland Planning and Development Corporation (OPDC), Oakland Business Improvement District (OBID), and Uptown Partners – invites you to join the launch of “Solarize Oakland-Uptown” to learn how solar can work for your business.


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Solar energy is the fastest growing energy source in the world. While the Pittsburgh region has many cloudy days, we receive much more sun than Germany – the leading solar energy nation! Solar energy works well in Pennsylvania and there are already nearly 8,000 solar installations in Pennsylvania.

With the steep drop in solar costs, the 30% federal tax credit, and the accelerated depreciation schedule for which 60% of the cost of the system can be claimed during the first year, solar has become a wise financial investment for commercial property owners.

Solarize Oakland-Uptown is a 16-week campaign managed by non-profit organization SmartPower and funded by the Heinz Endowments to help residents and commercial property owners consider the benefits of solar energy. At this informational session, we will provide an overview of solar energy and discussion about financing. You will also meet the two local, pre-screened solar installers and have the ability to request a free quote for your building through the program.

Walk, bike or take public transportation. Paid parking is available in the garage under the Hall.

Visit the Solarize Allegheny website at www.SolarizeAllegheny.org for more information about the project.

Have questions about Going Solar Workshop for Commercial Property Owners? Contact SmartPower and the Solarize Allegheny Campaign.



8:15am-Registration, coffee, light refreshments


10:00am-Event Wrap-Up


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Energy Experts: Solar Power – Installation, ROI, and Incentives

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Solar energy is an ever-growing industry in the United States.  In fact, more solar power capacity has been installed over the last 18 months than in the previous 30 years!  In the first quarter of 2014, solar power production from residences exceeded that from the commercial sector (non-utility) for the first time.

With that in mind, it’s the perfect time to learn something new about solar power!  Hear Fred Kraybill of the Solar Unified Network of Western Pennsylvania (SUNWPA) elaborate on residential solar installations, incentives and the diminishing cost of solar power, and the science behind solar.  

SUNWPA works to promote solar power in our region.  Learn more here.

GBA will provide coffee and snacks, but remember to bring your lunch!

Can’t join us in person? Catch a live-stream of this lunch and learn. Details here:

Meeting Wall: https://www.startmeeting.com/wall/712-852-722
US Toll Number: (530) 881-1212
MeetingID: 712-852-722

Instructions: At the scheduled date and time of the meeting, dial into the conference line. When prompted, enter the meeting ID, followed by the pound key. To join the online meeting, click on the meeting link listed above, then press “Join”. On the next page, complete your name and email address, then press “Submit”. The system will guide you through the process of downloading the meeting dashboard to participate in the online meeting.

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