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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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Here’s What’s New: LEED Certified Buildings in Pittsburgh

When it comes to green buildings, Pittsburgh finished 2016 with a bang, and we’re off to a strong start this year! A plethora of projects have been certified with LEED or ENERGY STAR® ratings. We’ve highlighted some of these projects below. In Larimer, three single-family homes have been LEED Platinum certified, at 241, 247, and 249 […]

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Finding An Eco-Friendly Apartment

Homeowners can make great strides to change the carbon footprint of their homes through weatherization, the installation of insulation and using alternative energy sources. But as a renter, your hands are tied. So if you’re hoping to keep your housing eco-friendly and save on your utilities bill, you’ll want to make sure the building meets […]

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We LOVE Our Members!

Really, we do. We are inspired by your dedication to creating a sustainable future for Western Pennsylvania that is socially just, economically viable, and environmentally responsible. Thanks to our members and supporters, we are making positive, measurable change in our region — dramatically reducing energy use, water use, and carbon emissions throughout Pittsburgh; nurturing a […]

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Performance Measures for Downtown Development Plus Local & Regional Mobility

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, a civic educational, entertainment, and economic powerhouse for over three decades, hosted Pittsburgh 2030 District Partners for the January Partner Meeting. Trust employees shared their principles for the development of the 8th Street block as they continue to lead the transformation of Downtown’s Cultural District. Attendees also got a sneak peek […]

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Greenwashing* is Bad, but Green Drying is Good

We often discuss ways to help make our homes and offices more energy efficient, such as using air barriers, insulation, and triple-pane windows. But what are some of the loads that you can reduce yourself without a major cash outlay or disruption to your home? Recently, I investigated getting some drying racks for my own home […]

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To Advance Ambitions for Sustainability, Pittsburgh Can Look to Seattle for Inspiration.

With its vast array of innovative sustainable projects, Pittsburgh is often touted as a green leader.  But to truly innovate, Pittsburgh must look beyond the city limits for inspiration as it continues on its path toward healthy, high performing sustainable design and construction. One such source is King County in the Greater Seattle area. This jurisdiction […]

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