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The Punch List – 11/14/18

Changes in the Political Ecosystem. Tuesday’s midterms made great changes in both the national and regional political ecosystem. This change includes local candidates such as Sara Innamorato and Summer Lee who have made national news for their climate change activism. House Call.  The Pittsburgh Regional Tenants’ Union is making a city-wide house call to action. […]

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Pittsburgh River Towns Unite to Create Triboro EcoDistrict

Environmental issues do not observe political boundaries. As rivers and valleys tie regions together, they equally bind diverse communities to a shared future. In Pittsburgh, the three river towns of Millvale, Etna, and Sharpsburg are forging their own connections, and the newly launched Triboro EcoDistrict promises to be a model for neighborhoods around the country. […]

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We Stand in Unity

On behalf of Green Building Alliance, we are heartbroken by the recent tragedy at Tree of Life Congregation. We are deeply troubled by the rhetorical and physical acts of violence that have taken place across our nation and now in our own community.  We believe that an injustice to any of us is an injustice […]

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The Punch List – 10/26/18

Pittsburgh-area murder scene. A group of crows is called a murder, and right now, there’s a murder on the lose on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus—and it’s growing. An annual occurrence, this serial murder can create quite a slipping hazard. Pitt’s maintenance staff are finding ways to spook the crows to “quoth, ‘Nevermore.’” Spook strategies […]

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The Punch List – 10/22/18

Destination: Jobs. For the second year in a row, Pittsburgh ranked #1 for jobs on Glassdoor’s Best Cities for Jobs 2018.  A job search and recruiting website, Glassdoor’s ranking was equally based on cost of living, the potential for getting hired, and job satisfaction. What’s Pittsburgh doing to top the list? Well, some think that […]

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Considerations for Post-Occupancy Evaluations

In the early stages of a project’s development, criteria are established for the space’s programming and environmental characteristics, generating a basis-of-design from which the building elements and systems are developed. Once a project is completed, however, the larger question of how the design team and building owners evaluate the project’s success begs consideration. The answer may […]

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Going with the Flow: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Builds First Passive House Certified Library in North America

The Carrick Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) will be the first Passive House certified library in North America. This significant green building achievement tells the story of Pittsburgh: a community for all, where everyone has access to learning opportunities and has access to healthy, safe spaces. What’s the coolest feature of the […]

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When Art Creates Community

Urban landscapes represent both the unique ecological challenges of the built environment and the identities of the communities that shape those spaces. Redesigning this landscape to incorporate the natural world not only improves the sustainability of the urban area, but it can also help strengthen the communities that live and work in those spaces. Three […]

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The Punch List – 10/15/18

Talk about self-driven. Pittsburgh-based startup Aurora Innovation, Co. just received the first ever official (but still voluntary) state authorization to test self-driving cars in Pittsburgh and surrounding municipalities. In April, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Authority urged self-driving car companies to make testing #official, a process which includes filing a safety plan, mapping routes, and […]

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Breathe Easier with Indoor Air Quality Monitoring

Indoor air quality is one of the many emerging topics of environmental health and green building.  Humans spend more time indoors than out, therefore the air we are breathing while inside is critically important to our health.   As we become more aware of the health impacts of not having a clean breathing environment, products are emerging […]

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