The past week has not been a kind one for the environment, nor for those who care to read about it. Three monumental reports from the US Government, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and a team of independent researchers ripped through news feeds, with dire headlines like ‘UN Says Climate Genocide is Coming. […]
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The Bridge to 2030 educational series invites Pittsburgh to delve into topics integral to 2030 District progress, including energy, water, transportation, indoor air quality, and financing.Register Now
3:00 – 5:00 – Presentations, Panel Discussion, and Q&A
5:00 – 6:00 – Networking Reception
James Stitt, PWSA
How does water get from our rivers to our buildings and why does water efficiency matter? Learn why wasted water is tied to wasted energy and what you can do to help. Also, Save the Date for a tour of PWSA’s water treatment facility on June 7.
Heather Schrock, Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Using renewable energy certificates (RECs) to reach your 2030 Challenge energy goals? Consider Water Restoration Certificates (WRCs) for your water goals.
John Norbut, Highmark
Highmark has seen tremendous reductions in water use on their way to achieving the 2030 Challenge Goals. Learn how they’ve achieved these savings using their faucets and fixtures. You’ll also hear about their water filtration and testing programs.
- Understand why wasted water equals wasted energy.
- Gain insight into how water gets to your building.
- Discover how WRCs can help you meet your 2030 Challenge or LEED goals.
- Learn strategies for increased water efficiency in your building.
This event is pending approval for 2.0 GBCI CEUs and 2.0 AIA HSW hours.
Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits. Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events). Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.
Bridge to 2030: Water is sponsored by:
Interested in sponsoring the Bridge to 2030 Series? Contact Ryan Walsh or call 412-773-6017 to learn about opportunities.
The Pittsburgh 2030 District published its fifth annual Progress Report at a reception celebrating years of encouraging and tracking reductions in energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions, in addition to improving indoor air quality in the built environment. The largest of the 19 established 2030 Districts in North America by committed square feet, the […]
Whether you have kids there, work there, or were recently there yourself: daycares and schools are where we spend a substantial amount of our lives — 1,000 hours for the average child per year to be exact. These places should be safe to spend time in — and free from the risk of lead contaminating the drinking water. In partnership with Women […]
At this point, almost everyone in the building world is familiar (if not intimate) with LEED, with emerging awareness of the Living Building Challenge, WELL Building Standard, and Passiv House. BUT, in Pittsburgh, there is a new framework in town, developed right here. You’ve heard “p4” tossed about as the next frontier of sustainable, urban […]
Join the Penn State Extension for the Green Infrastructure Webinar Series as they explore how green infrastructure can put our communities and landscapes on the road to sustainability. The first in this series will concentrate on introducing green infrastructure and explore maintenance of such systems. Beginning in late summer, the webinars will discuss non-structural topics such as […]
Pittsburgh, PA – The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) board approved a resolution to establish a Green Infrastructure Grant Program, which will incentivize private property owners and community organizations to implement projects that manage stormwater with green infrastructure (GI). The Green Infrastructure Grant Program aligns with PWSA’s Wet Weather Feasibility Study to fund projects […]
What an amazing evening! As the Inspire Speakers Series grows, so does our Twitter community. With over 100 tweets, including images and quotes, we got a great snapshot of how each of us was inspired by the November edition of our series. If you weren’t able to attend the event with national speaker Dr. Wallace J. […]
Online registration closes at 2:00 p.m. on November 13. General admission is available when doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Dr. Wallace “J” Nichols came to fame when he tagged a sea turtle (affectionately called Adelita by his research team) with a GPS transponder and published her coordinates online as she made the long journey across the Pacific Ocean to Japan. Compared to Adelita’s journey, Nichols’ professional career has been anything but direct, but one constant for Nichols is his love of the outdoors; specifically, his love of water. Nichols became enthralled by nature at an early age, and he earned his PhD in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Arizona’s School of Renewable Natural Resources. Yet Nichols’ recent work has made him a pioneer in the green world, combining environmental activism with neuroscience in a field he calls “neuroconservation,” which explores the effect of nature on the human mind. Central to neuroconservation is Nichols’ belief that environmental activism would be most effective if people could draw connections between two great forces: the ocean and the human mind.
Nichols is a gripping speaker (see his TEDtalk here) and a New York Times best-selling author.
Lisa Millspaugh Schroeder is President and Chief Executive Officer of Riverlife: a non-profit organization with the mission to reclaim, restore, and promote Pittsburgh’s riverfronts. Schroeder has been a featured speaker at international conferences in Lisbon, Naples, and Toronto, advocating for the power of sustainable waterfront development to transform cities. She was awarded the AIA Gold Medal in 2012 and was recognized as an Outstanding Woman in Business by the Pittsburgh Business Times (2011). Growing up in Baltimore, Lisa developed a deep love for cities and has worked throughout her career to improve the quality of life through urban planning, preservation and environmental conservation, holding positions at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the New York City Landmarks Commission, the Real Estate Services Group, and Maine Preservation.
Our emcee for the evening will be Dr. Molly Mehling from Chatham University. She will provide an overview of water in our region, introduce the speakers, and facilitate Q&A.
Dr. Molly Mehling grew up on Ohio River just downstream from Pittsburgh. As child of the Appalachian hills, she witnessed the natural beauty of the region and its struggle to transform beyond an industrial identity. Mehling is now an aquatic and landscape research ecologist working to develop and implement well-designed, community-engaged projects that improve the ecosystem of our city for all of its inhabitants. She merges scientific research with visual arts to improve our intertwined land and water systems. Mehling is a professor in the Falk School of Sustainability at Chatham University. She serves on many community organizations and offers workshops for using the visual arts in science and sustainability.
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This event is approved for 2.0 GBCI CEUs and 2.0 AIA HSW hours. Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits. Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events). Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.