Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

  As we seek to create a future where every building and every community is sustainable so that every person can thrive, GBA looks to the teachings of Dr. King to inspire courage and clarity in our work. Early on, Dr. King identified connections between racial equity, human health, and environmental justice – connections that […]

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Health and Environmental Concerns of Artificial Turf Fields

This is the first in a two-part series about safer options for athletic fields by guest authors Susan Kaplan and Rachel Massey of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Schools, universities, and municipalities often face the need to make a choice between natural grass athletic fields and artificial turf. These choices can involve substantial monetary investments. Reasons some cite for choosing artificial turf can include an […]

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The Connection Between Climate Change & Mental Health

Photo by Anthony Tori on Unsplash   Much has been said about how human-induced climate change is impacting our physical environment. Research consistently shows that systems such as housing, food access, and immigration are and will continue to be affected by the changing climate. As climate change has a wide sphere of influence, it may not come as a […]

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What We Have Learned About Mass Timber

Mass timber construction uses multiple layers of wood mechanically combined to create a sturdy and robust building panel. The individual wood layers can be merged using nails, dowels, or glue.  It may seem like an up-and-coming construction innovation, but the building material has been used in Europe since the 1990s. The material is starting to gain some traction in the United States, with numerous mass timber projects […]

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At GBA, We are Thankful for our Members

At Green Building Alliance, we are so thankful for our members and supporters of our cause. If you are not yet a member of GBA, please consider joining our community. Here, we spotlight some of our members, partners and supporters:   Spotlight on: Lars Lange Supervisor, West Bethlehem Township | Attorney, The Law Office of […]

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GBA Heads to International Climate Conference

  Green Building Alliance (GBA) team members will represent Western Pennsylvania along with a local contingent of participants at COP26, the upcoming international climate summit. GBA’s team will join representatives from Carnegie Mellon University, Sister Cities Association of Pittsburgh, and Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens in addition to Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Grant Ervin, […]

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Minimizing Carbon Emissions from Grid Electricity

It’s All About Timing: How to Minimize Carbon Emissions from Grid Electricity A Follow-Up from Greenbuild 2021 We all know that using energy produces carbon emissions. But did you know when you use energy is almost as important in reducing carbon? This is the concept explored by “The Future of the Grid and its Impact […]

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GBA + Monmade Pittsburgh Glass Center Tour – September 2021

GBA + Monmade | Pittsburgh Glass Center Tour| September 2021 A guest post by Shayna Bodi, Monmade Continuing the exploration of artisans intersecting with the built environment series, the Green Building Alliance and Monmade teamed up again for an expert tour of the Pittsburgh Glass Center on September 30th, 2021. Unlike the recent Roundhouse tour, […]

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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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