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Environmental Charter School Transforms Vacant Building into Sustainable Middle School

Current and former students of The Environmental Charter School (ECS) joined community members and Mayor Bill Peduto to unveil their new middle school, built out of the historic James E. Rogers Building in Garfield. The school is centered around sustainability for both students and environment, meaning the building, completed in 1914, required extensive reconstruction to […]

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Welcoming New Pittsburgh 2030 District Director Isaac Smith

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the departure of Angelica Ciranni, GBA’s longest tenured 2030 District Director. Under her leadership, the Pittsburgh 2030 District   set national standards for performance, fueled by a dedicated network of partners across Western Pennsylvania. Angelica has left an indelible mark on GBA, but we are equally excited as […]

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GHSA Emerging Youth Visit the Center for Sustainable Landscapes

Yesterday, our Green and Healthy Schools Academy took their Emerging Youth Program students to one of 17 living buildings in the world, Phipps Conservatory’s Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL). Phipps’ Meghan Scanlon joined the students to talk about the importance of green buildings and the synergistic nature between the natural world and high-performing buildings. Check […]

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Teaching the Next Generation of Climate Leaders

Young people are grabbing the mic from adults on climate change, evidenced by the numerous young people around the globe mobilizing for swift climate action. The Global Youth Climate Strike on September 20th, 2019 and the weekly Fridays for the Future protests (from noon-4pm at the City-County Building on Grant St.) are just a couple […]

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A Growing Opportunity: Green Roofs in Erie

Students at Gannon University complete GIS mapping research of green roof potential in the Erie Emerging 2030 District What exists between 19th Street, Presque Isle Bay, Cranberry Street, and Parade Street? Nearly 300 commercial buildings that have roofs favorable for green infrastructure! In a recent study by Gannon University students Stephanie Majewski, Leah Achille, and […]

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The Art of Advocating with Mel Chin

Mel Chin has been creating art for decades, spanning the cultural, social, and political environments of each period while leaving his unique, lasting mark. Each piece his own commentary on a moment in time, a lesson on what it means to be human and feel. The recently named MacArthur Genius awardee brought those lessens to […]

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Launching the Next Cohort of the Sustainability Leadership Lab

An architect, a contractor, an energy policy advocate, a mechanical engineer, a landscape architect, a home energy auditor, and a sustainability coordinator: what do these professionals have in common? In 2018, they all joined together in a long-term learning cohort called the Sustainability Leadership Lab, to explore their individual and collective roles in how the […]

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Mel Chin Illustrates the Value of a Life

Art is typically described as an individual pursuit. It’s a creative vision, a personal expression with neither bounds nor required process. Science on the other hand is highly regulated, reviewed by peers and evaluated for strict adherence to precedent.  And yet, at this unusual intersection stands one of the most influential artists of our generation […]

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An Evening of Emerald Memories

Between the carved arches of the stunningly restored MuseumLab, a community of colleagues found a moment to stand still. Schedules and to do lists were put to bed, smart watches (mostly) tucked away. And what was left was the sheer joy of a family getting back together. On September 19th, more than 350 of our […]

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Erie’s Sustainable Evolution

The shores of Lake Erie were lined with people, all looking out for a glimpse of the Tall Ships. It’s a yearly occurrence that attracts residents and onlookers from around the region, giving the whole town an economic jolt. The ships’ visit are a constant in a city that is rapidly changing, both in infrastructure […]

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