Certification Central at Hazelwood Green. Remake Group will be the project director for the property that is aiming to be a “global model for sustainable development practices.” A public trail and bike- and pedestrian-friendly streets join the plans for the large public green space. The projected certifications include LEED-ND Gold, WELL Community Standards, Living Community Challenge, p4 Performance Measures, and Vision Zero-inspired transportation systems.
Mr. Sun, please shine down on us. Pennsylvania is a huge producer of unsustainable energy, but that may be about to change. Finding Pennsylvania’s Solar Future—a conglomeration of disciplines, interests, and the state government—is setting a noble objective of 10% solar-powered energy by 2030. Quite a jump from the .5% by 2021 target, planned in 2017. The organization, funded by the DEP’s SunShot Initiative, could save the state billions upon billions of dollars.
No car, no bike, no problem. Scoobi, the first scooter-share in Pittsburgh is a new way to travel short distances in Pittsburgh for a low cost. Mastering the electric scooters involves a registration process through the app, some video training, and a few tries, but riders won’t need motorcycle licenses. Bonus: Free parking, due to a deal the company worked out with the City and the Parking Authority.
On the road again. The world just keeps turnin’ Uber’s way. Just a few weeks after the company pulled its autonomous cars off the road and eliminated 100 jobs, they’re back. But for now, they’ll be staying in manual mode, meaning actual drivers are in control. Uber is adhering to low speed limits and administering tough consequences for distracted drivers.
Together we can go far. The Neighborhood Allies and the Forbes Fund are teaming up to align nonprofits, organizations, and residents with the intention to rebuild neighborhoods that goal of rebuilding neighborhoods that will be safe and full of equitable opportunities. In a “techy” and “eds and meds” city, the partnership intends to building a strong community-centric service sector—and keep the talent here.
Bringing an “EcoInnovation District” to Pittsburgh—under some conditions. UPMC plans to expand Mercy Hospital for the start of an “EcoInnovation District” spanning from Uptown to Oakland. While the $2 billion project gained the support of Mayor Peduto, it’s going to take more to convince the public—many are calling for minimum wages above $15 for employees, the right for workers to form a union, and a UPMC benefits agreement for accessible healthcare for all. St. Clair Hospital is also expanding by 280,000 square feet, a result of rapid patient increase in the last decade. The expansion should bring 150 more jobs to the South Hills.
A new generation of sustainability leaders is rising up. GBA’s Sustainability Leadership Lab will help empower green-minded professionals to lead the next wave of healthy and high-performing buildings. Lucky you—there’s still time to apply.