Office of Sustainability
Benchmarking and Recognition

In an effort to become a more sustainable municipality, the City of Pittsburgh engages in a series of events and participates in programs year-round, which emphasize and reinforce the issue of sustainability.

Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification
The Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification is a voluntary recognition program sponsored by Sustainable Pittsburgh that recognizes local governments in Pennsylvania for deploying the policy and practice of sustainability and to help municipalities achieve their sustainability goals to save money, conserve resources, encourage innovation and take steps to sustainable quality of life over the long term. It also serves as a mechanism for sharing best practices for creating a more sustainable Pennsylvania.

Green Workplace Challenge
The Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge (GWC) is an initiative of Sustainable Pittsburgh, which enables businesses, nonprofits, municipalities, and colleges/universities to actively track and receive credit and verification for their green actions. The Green Workplace Challenge aspires to help participants save money and reduce emissions by using energy more efficiently, thus contributing to the primary goal of the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, which is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the City of Pittsburgh 20% by 2020 (from 2003 levels) and improve our regionís overall air quality.

Carbon Disclosure Project
CDP works to transform the way the world does business to prevent dangerous climate change and protect our natural resources. They see a world where capital is efficiently allocated to create long-term prosperity rather than short-term gain at the expense of our environment.

CDP holds the largest collection globally of self reported climate change, water and forest-risk data. Through their global system companies, investors and cities are better able to mitigate risk, capitalize on opportunities and make investment decisions that drive action towards a more sustainable world.

Pittsburgh reports to CDP on an annual basis using data from our most current greenhouse gas inventories.

Department of Energy Better Buildings Challenge
The Better Buildings Challenge supports commercial and industrial building owners by providing technical assistance and proven solutions to energy efficiency. The program also provides a forum for matching Partners and Allies to enhance collaboration and problem solving in energy efficiency. Both Partners and Allies are publically recognized for their leadership and innovation in energy efficiency.

2030 District
The Pittsburgh 2030 Districts are collaborative, nationally recognized, but local communities of high performance buildings in Downtown and Oakland that aim to dramatically reduce energy and water consumption and transportation emissions, and improve indoor air quality while increasing competitiveness in the business environment and owner's returns on investment. The Pittsburgh 2030 Districts are a strategic initiative of Green Building Alliance, and represent nearly 70% of the total real estate square footage in downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland. ACEEE (American Center for an Energy Efficient Economy)


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