Jenna Cramer 2019 Living Hero Award

GBA Executive Director Jenna Cramer Wins 2019 Living Future Hero Award

GBA is excited to announce that Jenna Cramer has been awarded a 2019 Living Future Hero Award by The International Living Future Institute (ILFI). The award recognizes individuals in the fields of regenerative design who have advanced the Living Future programs and broader mission. The ten award winners go above and beyond expectations in environmental […]

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The Ever Shifting Line

Change is constantly happening around us. In nature as in building, we continually evolve, shaping our choices to the contours of an ever-shifting world. At Green Building Alliance, our work moves with the communities we support. We are constantly rethinking how we create, reconfiguring and redesigning the multitude of pieces that create our vision of […]

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Be My Neighbor – Building Equity in the Steel City

“Mister Rogers Neighborhood” debuted in 1966 to a Pittsburgh that was about to embark on a total economic overhaul. Its foundation as the world’s mecca of steel manufacturing was shaken by a shifting world economy that would send Pittsburgh into economic upheaval. While Mr. Rogers began asking, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” neighborhoods throughout the […]

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What Happened to Pittsburgh’s Glass Recycling?

On January 1st, 2019, Pittsburgh area recycling bins were rocked by a tremendous scandal. As they waited patiently for curbside pick-up, they were struck by the uncanny notion that something was missing.  As of January 1st, that something was glass. Many residents in the greater Pittsburgh area have by now received notification that glass is […]

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Tami Dixon and the Art of Storytelling

For Tami Dixon, the world is her theatre. As the Principal Creative and Co-Founder of Bricolage Production Company in Pittsburgh, she’s brought countless stories of quirk to Pittsburgh audiences, in addition to acting, writing, and directing virtually any sort of interactive experience. We discuss how she fell in love with the arts, her critically acclaimed […]

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Pennsylvania’s Parks Are Recharging…Themselves

Nationwide, cities have become the rock stars of climate change. With few exceptions, America’s largest metropolises have set the most progressive standards for carbon reduction, including aggressive renewable energy targets, mandatory building benchmarking, and clean energy tax credits. But among the New Yorks and Seattles of the race is an unlikely contender—the Pennsylvania Department of […]

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I Can’t Think When It Rains

One month ago, every community in Pittsburgh experienced a life-altering trauma.  For some, the Tree of Life shooting directly touched their family. For others, the events triggered the memory of an equally horrifying experience. But much like the attacks on the World Trade Center, every one of us will remember where we were on the […]

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Books for Sustainability Nerds Volume II

A Review of Richard Rhodes’ Energy: A Human History How do we make energy for all? Well, Science Historian Richard Rhodes’ Energy: A Human History attempts to answer that question by looking at the past 500 years of European and North American history. More of a read for policy wonks than technocrats, Energy won’t bring […]

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