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Local Innovation to National Leadership: Pittsburgh 2030 District Progress Report for 2016

The Pittsburgh 2030 District, a strategic initiative of Green Building Alliance, published its annual Progress Report on Tuesday, celebrating four years of rigorous reductions in energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions. More than doubling in area and quadrupling from 81 to 491 committed properties since founding, Pittsburgh leads all 17 established 2030 Districts in committed […]

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Environmental Justice & Civic Conversation

“I believe we can change the world if we start listening to one another again.  Simple, honest, human conversation.  Not mediation, negotiation, problem-solving, debate, or public meetings.  Simple, truthful conversation where we each have a chance to speak, we each feel heard, and we each listen well.”  — Margaret Wheatley On January 17, 1971, John […]

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The Greenest Building could be the one you’ve already built

By Breana Wheeler, director of operations, BREEAM USA Existing Buildings Matter According to the Department of Energy, there are currently 5.6 million commercial buildings in the United States, representing approximately 87.1 billion square feet of floor space[1].  Since 2003, 14% of that space was built new, leading to a flurry of building certifications (LEED, Well, […]

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Dollars for Decreases: Enroll in a Demand Response Program Today

ATTENTION PROPERTY OWNERS AND MANAGERS: GET PAID TO REDUCE YOUR ENERGY USE THIS SUMMER. Our energy grid is highly reliable, however there are times when it experiences significant stress, like that hot day when everyone is blasting the AC. The significant peak in usage generally has one of two undesirable results.  Power companies could be forced to […]

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Does the answer to renewable energy lie in our humble utility rate codes?

This is a guest blog by environmental legal expert Ted Robinson Most environmentally conscious consumers know about the benefits of promoting renewable energy sources as well as energy efficiency and conservation programs.[1] However, there is another aspect of utility services that also has a significant impact on the environment, utility rate structure. The Pennsylvania Public […]

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Updating Pennsylvania Building Codes

So. Building Codes. There it is, a title as unvarnished as its subject. There’s no dressing up building codes. They can’t be set to plucky music. So why are they worthy of your attention? Well to start, Pennsylvania’s inability to adopt up-to-date codes is costing you money. And I don’t just mean if you live […]

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Member Spotlight: Jennifer Szczesniak

As a Project Manager and Designer at Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel, Jennifer Szczesniak integrates sustainability into every aspect of the projects in which she’s involved. When she joined Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel (PWWG) in 2015, Jennifer Szczesniak also became a member of GBA through PWWG’s corporate membership. Jennifer holds a LEED AP BD+C credential and […]

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The New Forest Hills Borough Building – A Net-Zero Energy Solution

The following guest blog post by Patricia DeMarco, a member of the Forest Hills Borough Council, describes the process the borough undertook to arrive at a sound decision for their community members: a new net-zero borough building.   Forest Hills Borough, a community of about 6,500 people located seven miles east of Pittsburgh, is approaching its […]

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Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Passive House Education for All Levels!

Hello! Whether you’re new to the topic of Passive House design or you want to further hone your technical professional Passive House skills, GBA has partnered with Passive House Western PA (PHWPA) to make a variety of Passive House related topics available throughout the year. Check out the events below – each one specifies how […]

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Achieving Deep Carbon Reductions: Paths for Pennsylvania’s Electricity Future

By guest blogger Eleanora Kaloyeropoulou, Climate and Energy Fellow at Pennsylvania Environmental Council On March 15-16, 2017 the Pennsylvania Environmental Council is convening Achieving Deep Carbon Reductions: Paths for Pennsylvania’s Electricity Future in Pittsburgh. This conference will bring together prominent thought-leaders in clean energy and climate protection for an open and honest discussion around the […]

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