Women in Green: We’ve All Been There

A group of 180 women and female allies gathered last Friday, and we’re all a little speechless. Every woman had a story to share, of defeats and challenges and hopes and victories. And though we each arrived by our own winding path, there was this quiet understanding that yes, we have all been there. The […]

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Community Solar Conquers Pittsburgh Shade

This is part one of a two-part series.  Rooftop solar is growing across Western Pennsylvania, with Allegheny County now boasting the second-highest number of solar installations in the state at almost 1,800, according to the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission. Once considered a specialty product, solar is becoming a decidedly mainstream investment—even in a cloudy state like […]

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Updated Buildings Codes in Pennsylvania

Exciting news for Pennsylvania: 2015 ICC Codes will be effective (in almost their entirety) on October 1, 2018! There were certainly some compromises made, but compared to the stalemate that has plagued PA building codes, this is amazing! Well, what do we mean in almost their entirety? This is a document of the Review and […]

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Before I Die, I Want to Create Places that Matter

Pittsburgh is a city of places. Every cobbled alley has witnessed life, each precariously perched house somehow forming a part of our collective memory. It is tempting to understand the built environment as the realization of urban plans and architectural schematics. And in many ways, stones and concrete shape how we interact with space, where […]

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Green and Healthy Schools Across the Nation

In the multidisciplinary world of healthy schools, there is a dizzying number of webinars, classes, and conferences to sharpen your impact. Of course, making the time to sort through that wealth of knowledge can be a project in and of itself, and educators often have the hardest time prioritizing their own development. So we took […]

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Updates on Pennsylvania Building Codes and Solar Borders

A brief update on Pennsylvania Building Code and Solar Borders policies this week as a couple good things have been happening. Building Codes: On Tuesday the Review and Advisory Council voted on the last section of the 2015 codes for adoption – the International Energy Conservation Code, the most contentious section.  Fortunately, I was able […]

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Five Reports, Five Hundred+ Buildings: Pittsburgh 2030 District Progress Report

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 […]

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Tying the Knot on Material Reuse

Read the full version of this article in TrimTab. In the wide world of material reuse, sometimes a solution is born from a chance meeting between conference sessions. It’s not the most magical stumble-upon-a-soul-mate encounter, but the real world dictates a more practical timetable. And that is how a bowtie entrepreneur and an office furniture […]

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Comments to Adopt Energy Efficiency Codes Submitted to the State of Pennsylvania

First: A huge thank you!  The participation in the commenting process on building codes was outstanding: there were over 50 comments submitted commenting on the 2015 ICC Codes in General and over 160 comments submitted concerning the International Energy Conservation Codes. What did all of these comments say?  Well, since you took the time to […]

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A Conversation on Handprinting and Social Equity

This article first appeared in Trim Tab.  This is the story of potential. It’s about social equity and environmental healing, it’s about collaboration, and most of all, it’s about a transformational moment. You will hear three different sides of the story,  each with a particular yet universal experience.  Our cast of characters includes Dr. Chuck Herring, […]

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