Museums Taking Leadership Position in Climate Change

Museums can – and are – taking a leadership position in demonstrating that climate change solutions are within reach.  This is evidenced by the recent formation of the 2030 Districts Network’s Museum Best Practices Working Group Cohort and empowered by the Frankenthaler Climate Initiative. 2030 Districts Network The vision of the 2030 Districts Network is […]

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What We Learned at Greenbuild 2021

GBA team members attended Greenbuild both in-person and online this year. They will share specific take-aways about what they learned in the coming weeks but here, we explore some trends they identified. This year’s Greenbuild returned to its traditional in-person format, with an option to attend virtually as well. No doubt those industry veterans who […]

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GBA’s Jenna Cramer Recognized for Key Contributions to United Nations Sustainable Energy Initiative

Jenna Cramer, Executive Director of Green Building Alliance (GBA), joined international partners in receiving an award for outstanding impact on behalf of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Sustainable Energy Subprogramme. The award – which honored the group for catalyzing the High Performance Buildings Initiative, drafting the framework guidelines for energy efficiency standards […]

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Reflecting on Emerald Evening 2021

Emerald Evening 2021 was certainly a celebration to remember. This was our first fully outdoor fundraising gala – planned as such to ensure the safest possible environment for guests – and the weather cooperated to provide a lovely evening for us to spend time together (an afternoon downpour and fickle weather forecast had us nervous […]

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Honoring Homewood Children’s Village – 2021 Emerald Evening Beacon Award Winner

With a mission to improve the lives of Homewood’s children and simultaneously reweave the fabric of the community in which they live, Homewood Children’s Village has become a true beacon of hope!  A beacon for its children and all community members to grow in, thrive in, stay in, and to return to. Homewood Children’s Village […]

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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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What We Learned on Our Tour of the Roundhouse

The Roundhouse at Hazelwood Green is an incredibly unique project that combines sustainability, adaptive reuse, and support of local artisans. Green Building Alliance and Monmade enjoyed a tour of the space recently, and Monmade’s sustainability consultant, Shayna Bodi, shares her highlights from the tour below. Here is what we learned about the building that will […]

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Honoring Highmark Health – 2021 Emerald Evening Vanguard Awardee

In the 1990s, Highmark Inc., a subsidiary of Highmark Health located their Pittsburgh offices in Penn Avenue Place.  These offices were designed and renovated based upon green building principles before there was a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system.  The turn-of-the-century department store building was renovated as opposed to being torn down […]

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Meet Dr. Allison Robinson – 2021 Emerald Evening Luminary Awardee

It’s no wonder Dr. Allison Robinson became System Program Director for Environmental Sustainability and Health at UPMC, one of the largest employers in Pittsburgh, PA, and world-renowned integrated health care provider.  Her passion and curiosity for the balance of human life and the environment began at an early age. The Beginning Dr. Robinson’s earliest childhood […]

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Green Buildings Take Center Stage as World Counts Down to COP26: An Interview with United Nations’ Scott Foster

Today marks 100 days to COP26, a global summit hosted by the United Nations to discuss how countries are tackling climate change. COP stands for the Conference of Parties, and the COP summits are attended by countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1994. This year’s summit is the 26th […]

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