Tag Archives | Sustainability

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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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The Punch List – 6/1/18

GBA’s Punch List is a weekly collection of the latest news in green buildings and sustainability. Celebrating a remarkable achievement in green building. Frick Environmental Center joins only 20 other buildings with Living Building Certification – the highest green building standard demanding extensive performance requirements like net zero water and energy. The project is only the second in PA to achieve […]

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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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