The Punch List 9/18

Google Tracks Your Searches, Now It Can Track Pittsburgh’s Carbon Footprint: Pittsburgh is one of the first five cities to beta-test Google’s Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE). Although not totally comprehensive, EIE uses Google’s mapping, earth engine, and cloud data, as well as third-party information, to create cost- and time-efficient estimates and projections of Pittsburgh’s greenhouse gas emissions from buildings and transportation. Climate-nerd-out over Pittsburgh’s stats here.    Too Cool for School: The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s museumlab is beginning its final phase of construction. Planning for LEED and WELL certifications (to name a few), the project will operate as a STEM and creative makerspace for children on the […]

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Make Your Trip Count

With the advent of new technologies (we see you electric scooters), transportation is changing. Even gone are the days of needing to be in a physical office—telecommuting is quickly becoming a viable option for many. The Make My Trip Count regional commuter survey launched this week as part of Pittsburgh’s effort to capture these changing […]

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The Punch List 9/7/18

Bee Watch: Point Park University and Allegheny Land Trust’s Project Bee Watch just finished its first survey of Allegheny County. To help locals make their gardens more bee-friendly, seven citizen scientists volunteered to collect data about native bee’s favorite pollinators (spoiler: native milkweed). In unrelated bee watch news, South Side’s beloved Beehive Coffeehouse is shutting […]

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Vivian Loftness on the Future of Architecture

Surrounded by a blooming garden, renowned researcher, author, and educator Professor Vivian Loftness illuminates the future of 21st century building. With a more than 30 year career spanning environmental design, advanced building systems integration, climate and regionalism in architecture, and indoor environmental health, Dr. Loftness has dedicated her life to ensuring that everyone has access […]

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The Punch List 8/31/18

Life, Liberty Ave. and the Pursuit of Walkability: Prepare to walk in style. Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s Envisioning Downtown Initiative is envisioning a new streetscape project on the 900 block of Liberty Avenue, near Point Park University and the August Wilson Center. The “Life on Liberty Streetscape Project” will extend the sidewalk for one year and feature street art, urban […]

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Good Design is Design for All

Sustainability is a relative measurement. As a guiding principle, its pursuit is defined by what was built, and what can ultimately be maintained.  It’s a threshold with an ever changing target, a point of compromise between our heritage and our values. Sustainability is a conversation, and its conflicting priorities are foundational to advancing ever higher […]

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The Punch List 8/24/18

#PittsburghProud: Ready to feel great about Pittsburgh? The city of bridges was named the second most livable city in the U.S. by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Second only to Honolulu and 32nd in the world, Pittsburgh’s ranking was based on stability, healthcare, culture & environment, education, and infrastructure. Smart Kids Need Smart Parks: Ever wanted […]

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25 Years of Green Building History

For more than a quarter of a century, Pittsburgh has been building healthier and more environmentally responsible buildings. In September of 1993, a roomful of volunteers decided that Pittsburgh could do better.  Just a few months earlier, a start-up called the US Green Building Council convened its first meeting, and it would be another five years until […]

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Welcome to the Lean, Green GBA Team!

Green Building Alliance has had a busy summer. Not only did we welcome Jenna Crammer as our new executive director, but we also hired three new employees, Brian Brown, Paige Colao, and Sarah Owen. Get to know them a little and make sure to say hello at the next GBA event! Brian Brown, Learning Coordinator […]

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The Punch List – 8/17/18

  Supporting the arts in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has seen an upturn in recent years of artists relocating here due to the thriving arts community and various local grants to assist artists. On that point, a local developer is moving forward with plans to bring 37 low income housing units for local artists in Braddock’s Ohringer building. Funding […]

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