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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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Vivian Loftness is Design, Quantified

With a career spanning more than four decades, Dr. Vivian Loftness is an internationally renowned expert in environmental and climactic design. This is not in question. She has worked from Canada to Finland to Greece as a researcher, professor, and designer, with a brief break to create the United States’ first PhD program in building […]

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DMI is Manufacturing Sustainability in the Mon Valley

Formerly the heart of steel country, the Mon Valley has seen some of the worst economic decline in Western Pennsylvania. Its once bustling main streets fell dormant as factories, companies, and residents left. The hearty soul of the Mon Valley outlasted the factories, and the same spirit of innovation that smelted the steel that built […]

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Malik Bankston’s Lifelong Love of Larimer

As a young Malik Bankston trekked along Larimer Avenue on his way to the East End Library, he’d walk through the smells of fresh bread and cigar smoke in the then bustling Italian American neighborhood. More than a literary education, Mr. Bankston discovered the fabric that holds communities together. Mr. Bankston’s life is his calling, […]

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MuseumLab Carves Space for Radical Reinvention

Tucked beneath the stately granite entrance to the world’s first Carnegie Library, an unassuming sign marks a new kind of place. Neither an exhumed monument nor a flashy modernist sculpture, MuseumLabTM makes art from decay, sculpting its history into a breathtaking demonstration of innovation and ingenuity. MuseumLab is GBA’s 2019 Vanguard award winner, and true […]

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Announcing GBA’s 2019 Emerald Evening Awardees

GBA is honored to present our 5 awardees for the 2019 Emerald Evening Gala, in addition to inaugurating Pittsburgh’s UN Center of Excellence on High Performance Building. After an extensive and exhaustive selection process, GBA is honoring 5 people and projects that have transformed communities across the region, demonstrating boldness of leadership and ingenuity of […]

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