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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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A Community of Boundary-Pushers

I cannot recall exactly when I became what some may lovingly call a treehugger. Maybe it was passed down from my nature-loving father, who rainwater harvested at our creaky old Carrick home before rainwater harvesting was a thing. Maybe it was during the endless hours of studying for my LEED exam right after graduating from […]

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The Powerful Women Behind Pittsburgh’s Sustainability Movement

Pittsburgh’s transformation is being led by a powerful network of women, femme, and non-binary bosses. Large parts of the city are being reinvented thanks to a group of boundary pushers. Green Building Alliance invites you to celebrate those that have had an outsize impact, but a voice less heard.  Through lectures, panel discussions, and table […]

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Pittsburgh 2030 District Surpasses 2020 Goals

Here at Green Building Alliance, spring is data season. While others are watching the world come to life, the GBA office is teeming with blooming…excel sheets.  This year, we are proud to announce the results of those calculations. As of 2018, the Pittsburgh 2030 District has surpassed its 2020 goals for energy and transportation reductions […]

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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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