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The Punch List – 8/10/18

Inspired home renovation for new artists. The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund granted $50,000 to The August Wilson House, one of the 16 projects they award this summer. The funds will aid in the opening of the late playwright’s home in the Hill District and be dedicated to supporting the community—especially rising artists—rather than […]

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The Punch List – 8/3/18

Plans to keep Pittsburgh’s riverfront beautiful. The Pittsburgh City Council approved the RIV – new legislation for riverfront zoning. The guidelines for the 35 miles of riverfront include restrictions for height and distance from the river for new constructions. Developers can bypass certain restrictions by offering a public feature, like affordable housing, public parks, or […]

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The Punch List – 7/27/18

Certification Central at Hazelwood Green. Remake Group will be the project director for the property that is aiming to be a “global model for sustainable development practices.” A public trail and bike- and pedestrian-friendly streets join the plans for the large public green space. The projected certifications include LEED-ND Gold, WELL Community Standards, Living Community Challenge, p4 Performance Measures, […]

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The Punch List – 7/20/18

We Pittsburghers love our parks. Preservation Pittsburgh, along with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and the City are teaming up to add three Pittsburgh parks to the National Register of Historic Places. Pittsburgh’s largest – Frick Park, Highland Park which houses the Zoo and a vital water reservoir, and 124-year-old Riverview Park are all candidates. The expected one year process […]

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The Punch List – 7/13/18

Let’s get swinging along the riverfront. Izzy Rudolph of McKnight Realty Partners says his company’s renovation project of the Terminal Building (where GBA’s office lives!) is a potential spot for covered public riverfront swings. KDKA’s Ken Rice has been advocating to have these tranquil swings in Pittsburgh after seeing them along the Ohio River in Cincinnati (inspired […]

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The Punch List – 7/6/18

Hyped about faster, cleaner transportation. The first Hyperloop transit route in the U.S. will span from Pittsburgh to Chicago, and its development is quickly progressing. Consultants will soon begin environmental impact and feasibility studies, following this past year of testing in Las Vegas. The transit system is vacuum based with some propulsion, and the projected air and noise pollution is less than […]

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The Punch List – 6/29/18

Good news for the environment and the economy. Pennsylvania employs 86,000 clean energy workers, with clean energy jobs becoming more plentiful in all areas of the state. Allegheny County is topping the state with nearly 12,000 of those jobs. The majority of the clean energy jobs in PA are in energy efficiency, but with many in renewable energy (especially solar) as well. And those workers are making household-sustaining […]

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The Punch List – 6/22/18

PAT is revving up cleaner buses. Port Authority is planning to bring its first electric buses to the fleet: 2 buses costing more than $1 million each. Partially funded by a grant from the Federal Transit Administration and personally tested by ACE Fitzgerald and PAT CEO Katharine Eagan Kelleman, the buses are anticipated to hit the streets of the East End next […]

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The Punch List – 6/15/18

GBA’s Punch List is a weekly collection of the latest green building and sustainability news. The question of how to best deliver Pittsburgh’s water still looms. In February, Peoples Natural Gas pitched a partnership to Pittsburgh Water Sewer Authority involving new water lines and a new treatment facility — and some details have emerged, with People’s proposing a […]

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Jenna Cramer & Dr. Aurora Sharrard Are Taking on New Positions in Sustainability

Sustainability leader Jenna Cramer has been promoted to Executive Director of Green Building Alliance, while the University of Pittsburgh tapped GBA’s Dr. Aurora Sharrard as the first-ever Director of Sustainability. PITTSBURGH, June 7, 2018 – Two of the region’s top sustainability leaders are taking on new positions in Pittsburgh. An established leader in the green […]

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