Women+ in Green Calendar of Events

Green Building Alliance’s Women+ in Green network fosters a supportive and celebratory community of women and femmes working in sustainability throughout our region. Take a look at our variety of engagement opportunities in 2020 and follow each link to learn more about each individual event and register for those that interest you.

While we had originally planned for all of these events to be hosted in-person, we have shifted to hosting all events online for the remainder of 2020. We were able to re-format some previously planned events, but others – like our Women+ in Green Dinner Discussions – will be on hold until it is safe to meet in person again.

Some of the events listed below (noted as “Women+ in Green Event”) have been designed specifically for women, femmes, and non-binary individuals in mind (but remain open to all), while others have been planned for the broader public but we included them here because we thought they would also appeal to this group.

November 13, 2020: Women+ in Green Breakfast
presented by Duquesne Light Company

photo/Carey Wagner

This event was originally planned to be hosted in the atrium of the Wintergarden downtown, but now we will be connecting with each other from the safety of our own homes. As GBA has pivoted all of its events to an online format due to COVID-19, we have been delighted to find that deep connections can absolutely still be made in an online atmosphere. In fact, we need to connect with others now more than ever. It is those connections that we plan to nurture during this morning of inspiration, celebration, and yes – breakfast!

We’ll share breakfast recipes in advance for those of you who want to prepare something special to eat during the event, and we will all show off our morning meals while we talk, listen, and learn. Families and children are welcome to join in this event.

Our keynote speaker is Leah Lizarondo,  CEO and co-founder of 412 Food Rescue, a tech nonprofit that aims to fight hunger and promote sustainability by preventing perfectly good food from entering the waste stream and redirecting it to organizations that serve those who are food insecure.

The cost for this virtual event has been deeply reduced from its in-person price. You provide critical support for the continuation of GBA’s education programs and help us grow our ability to provide scholarships for events and in-depth trainings for those who need them. Additional donations are made possible during the registration process if you wish to contribute. There is an option to add a suggested contribution to your registration. If you wish to contribute any other amount, you are welcome to do so on our Donations page. Any contribution helps advance community’s work to create healthy and sustainable places where everyone can thrive.

Women+ in Green 2020 Calendar of Events 

Ongoing Opportunity: Women+ in Green Book Club featuring Pathways to our Sustainable Future
(Women+ in Green Event)

Local researcher Patricia DeMarco wrote this year’s book club selection, and she has offered to guide us through an ongoing book club and author discussions. We will meet three times throughout the year, and you can choose to join in on any of the discussions that interest you. The book can be purchased here. See below for discussion topics and links to register for each one. For now, these author discussions will be hosted virtually, as we are not able to meet in person.

April 29 Author Discussion: Women’s Role in Preserving Culture

July 8 Author Discussion: Climate Solutions Relating to Infrastructure and the Built Environment

September 30 Author Discussion: A Just and Equitable Transition into a Green Economy


September 1: Women+ in Green Coffee Talks Mentoring Series
(Women+ in Green Event)

Start your morning off with an inspiring Women+ in Green conversation and mentoring opportunity! Hear from an established woman professional in our Pittsburgh green building community. Then move into breakout rooms to continue a small group conversation around mentoring and moving in your sustainability career as a woman or gender minority. Learn more and register here.

September 9, 2020: Sustainability for All: Reimagining the Future of Black Communities

Hosted in the spirit of our Inspire Speakers Series, this event concludes a 3-part summer mini-series called Sustainability for You, for Us, for All and will feature Jacqui Patterson, senior director of Climate & Environmental Justice for the NAACP. Learn more and register here.

October 13: Virtual Green Manufacturing Tour of Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring

This virtual field trip focuses on a family-run operation in Emlenton, PA, but one of our main tour guides is Jessica Hickman Fresch, who will introduce us to the FSC-certified forest, sawmill, and flooring plant her family has run for three generations. Learn more and register here.

October 21, 2020: MuseumLab Tour featuring Women+ in Green
(Women+ in Green Event)

MuseumLab is the newest addition to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, and it is an example of great synergies of building performance, historic preservation, occupant health, and accessibility. Come get a behind-the-scenes look at this special space on a tour with members of the female-led project team including Chris Cieslak (former Women+ in Green panelist and now GBA team member) and Christi Saunders (Mascaro Construction). Learn more and register here.

October 27: Virtual Green Building Construction Tour of Pitt’s Hillman Library

Led by architect Anne Chen and University of Pittsburgh’s Adrienne Spallone (with added commentary by Aurora Sharrard), this virtual tour features a preview of University of Pittsburgh’s re-imagination of one of the most important parts of Pitt’s campus. Learn more and register here.


Partner Events

October 17: Women & Non-Binary Bike Summit
Hosted by BikePGH and presented by Dollar Bank. Learn more and register here.