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Books for Sustainability Nerds

Looking to cozy up with a good book this fall? Do you identify as a sustainability wonk, an armchair scientist, or a full-blown climate nerd? Here are a few page turners to educate, inspire, and put it all in perspective. Full disclosure: The books listed here are ones I’ve read for my personal (read: nerdy) […]

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Amazon’s HQ2 Makes a Compelling Case for Urban Sustainability

In early September, America’s ubiquitous e-retailer dangled an enormous carrot in front of all city governments — $5 billion in investment, 50,000 high paying jobs, and a boost to every horizontal industry needed to support the largest company in the U.S.  Amazon’s HQ2 request is unusually transparent, and their anyone-can-play narrative has cities coughing up […]

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The Curious Case of EcoDistricts in Pittsburgh

There’s something special about EcoDistricts in Pittsburgh. Every time I talk with local leaders, there seems to be yet another neighborhood that’s organizing around this new standard for equitable and sustainable neighborhood development. As part of the national non-profit advancing the EcoDistricts approach, I’m excited and inspired each time I connect with Pittsburgh. The city […]

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Does the answer to renewable energy lie in our humble utility rate codes?

This is a guest blog by environmental legal expert Ted Robinson Most environmentally conscious consumers know about the benefits of promoting renewable energy sources as well as energy efficiency and conservation programs.[1] However, there is another aspect of utility services that also has a significant impact on the environment, utility rate structure. The Pennsylvania Public […]

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Sneak Peek: GBA’s Events and Tours in 2017

A new year means new educational opportunities through Green Building Alliance! We’re excited to explore several threads and themes with you in 2017, and also look forward to some stellar tours. As our team works to finalize the education calendar, below is a sneak peek of what’s on our radar. The events we’re planning have […]

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Higher Education Cultivates a Sustainable Future

Higher education institutions play an influential role in the health, resilience, and future of our region. Pittsburgh’s universities are sustainability leaders on many levels: ideologically, in the ways they teach; operationally, in the ways they use energy and run their buildings; and locally, in the ways they interact with their communities. Colleges and universities directly […]

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City of Pittsburgh’s Role in a Sustainable and Resilient Economy: The Inside Scoop

The City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Innovation and Performance aims to transform Pittsburgh into a world-class city through the intersection of technology, sustainability, and performance. Grant Ervin, the City’s Chief Resilience Officer, leads the Department and we had the opportunity to pick his brain. How do these three approaches work together? They are mutually supportive. […]

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Pittsburgh 2030 District Recognized with International Downtown Association Award

Touted for building a healthier, higher performing downtown, Pittsburgh on top again. The Pittsburgh 2030 District, a strategic initiative of the Green Building Alliance, today received a prestigious award from the International Downtown Association for its work to significantly reduce energy consumption, water use and transportation emissions in Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland. The “Downtown Merit Award” […]

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Green & Healthy Schools Academy announces FREE green workshops for schools

Join the Green & Healthy Schools Academy for our upcoming workshops, where we will provide school facility and business managers with guidance and strategies to make schools healthier and higher performing with little to no capital investment. These workshops are open to everyone, but are FREE for school personnel! Top Ten Reasons Why We Need […]

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Northwest Brown Bag Inspiration: Sustainable Mercyhurst

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Mercyhurst University Sustainability Officer, Brittany Prischak will be sharing with those in attendance the many and varied ways that Mercyhurst has embraced sustainability throughout the campus and the curriculum.

The event will take place in the Mercyhurst Student Government Chambers, which is on the 2nd floor of the Student Union. You are welcome to bring your lunch.

A tour of campus sustainability features may take place depending on weather, so bring along comfortable shoes.

Free parking is available in the McAuley Lot (the first parking lot to the right after driving through main gated entrance).

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