Office of Sustainability
Green Events

Greenbuild 2014 Call for Proposals
Date: January 10, 2014 · Time: - 4:59 pm
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana ()
Event Description: Green Build International Conference and Expo is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. If you're interested in sustainable building, this is the annual conference you wont want to miss.

If your organization has a great project to share with the world, consider presenting at Green Build 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Proposals are due 4:59 PM EST January 10, 2014.
Event Host: Green Build International Conference and Expo
Phone: (800) 795-1747 · Email:
Carnegie Trees 2013: Embracing the Art of Play
Date: January 12, 2014 · Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: 4400 Forbes Avenue. Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (Central Oakland)
Event Description: Enjoy the sights and smells of six 20-foot Colorado spruce trees lining the Hall of Architecture. Each tree is adorned with handcrafted ornaments that celebrate the holiday season and art of play. Exhibit open December 5, 2013 through January 12, 2014.
Event Host: Carnegie Museum of Art
Phone: (412) 622-3131 · Email:
Passive House Alliance of Western PA: PHAUS Midtown Passive House
Date: January 14, 2014 · Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: 33 Terminal Way. Suite 331 Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (South Shore)
Event Description: In this meeting of the Passive House Alliance Western Pennsylvania Chapter, Nathan St.Germain will present on the design of Colorado’s first Certified Passive House.

Passive House is both a building energy performance standard and a set of design and construction principles used to achieve that standard. This standard is the most stringent building energy standard in the world: buildings that meet the standard use 80 percent less energy than conventional equivalent buildings. Houses are designed to maintain near constant indoor temperature without adding much energy for heating and cooling. Continuous mechanical ventilation of fresh filtered air assures superb air quality and comfort. The standard has emerged from Germany and is now used in more than 65,000 buildings throughout Europe.

Nathan St.Germain, Principal of Studio St.Germain, is a Certified Passive House Consultant and serves on the Board of Directors for the Western Pennsylvania Passive House Alliance Chapter.
Event Host: Green Building Alliance
Phone: (412) 431-0709 · Email:
Green Talk Tuesdays at the EECO Center
Date: January 14, 2014 · Time: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: 200 Larimer Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15206 (Larimer)
Event Description: Get in on the conversation at the Environment and Energy Community Outreach (EECO) Center's Green Talk Tuesdays.

Talks are hosted by Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc. each Tuesday from 12:30 - 2:30 PM.
Event Host: Pittsburgh Community Services Inc.
Phone: (412) 661-0576 · Email:
Emerging Professionals Tour of Fairmont Hotel
Date: January 15, 2014 · Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: 510 Market St. Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States (Central Business District)
Event Description: In 2014, resolve to make new friends in the green building industry!

Join GBA’s Emerging Professionals for a behind-the-scenes tour of the LEED Gold certified Fairmont Hotel.

Learn about the hotel’s green initiatives and The Fairmont Green Partnership program, which focuses on improvements in waste management, sustainability, and energy and water conservation. After the tour we’ll walk to Andys Wine Bar (located in the Fairmont) for further networking and conversation about what the Emerging professionals have planned in 2014!
Event Host: Green Building Alliance
Phone: (412) 773-8800 · Email:
GBA/ Phipps Conservatory: Inspire Speakers Series
Date: January 16, 2014 · Time: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Phipps’ Center for Sustainable Landscapes: One Schenley Park Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (North Oakland)
Event Description: Second Thursday of every month, November 2013 – May 2014, except where noted

>>Thursday, January 16

National Guest: David Sobel, Faculty, Antioch University

Local Guest: Jane Werner, Executive Director, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

David Sobel is the “father of place-based education” and shares insight into ways that we can all find inspiration from place and by keeping our “feet in the clouds.” David demonstrates how we can all learn from our surroundings.

David will be joined by Jane Werner, executive director of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh!

>> Thursday, March 13

National Guest: Bob Berkebile, Principal, BNIM Architects

Bob is a pioneer in regenerative design and in green building. A founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council and of AIA’s Committee on the Environment, Bob has been recognized by the Heinz Foundation for his role in promoting green building practices.

Stay tuned to find out which local speaker will be joining Bob in March!

>> Thursday, April 10

National Guest: Dr. John Francis, Author, Planetwalker: 22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence.

John Francis spent more than 20 years walking and sailing around the world to spread a message of sustainability – for 17 of those years, he didn’t speak a word! Now he is using his words to inspire change as well as his actions, and we have a chance to listen!

Stay tuned to find out which local speaker will be joining John in April!

>> Thursday, May 15

National Guest: Col. Mark Mykleby, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation

Local Guest: Bill Peduto, Councilman, Pittsburgh City Council

Mark Mykleby is a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Now a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, he is working towards a “grand strategy of sustainability” for our nation in the 21st century.

Mark will be joined by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto!
Event Host: Green Building Alliance and Phipps Conservatory
Phone: (412) 431-0709 · Email:
Business Opportunities in Green Buildings
Date: January 22, 2014 · Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: 11 Stanwix St. Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States (Central Business District)
Event Description: Whether new or existing, the buildings of today are working hard to reduce their energy costs, improve indoor air quality, and become more comfortable for their occupants – all while reducing costs and increasing triple bottom line impacts.

MIT Enterprise Forum’s panel of building designers, contractors, operators, and entrepreneurs selling into this market will discuss key drivers of the building industry and energy efficiency marketplace — and what it takes to get new products accepted in this dynamic and thought-leading space.

Moderator: Mike Schiller, CEO of Green Building Alliance
Event Host: Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh
Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Awards and Celebration
Date: January 24, 2014 · Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: New Hazlett Theater, Center for Performing Arts: 6 Allegheny Square East. Pittsburgh, PA15212 (Allegheny Center)
Event Description: Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Awards and Celebration commemorates Martin Luther King Jr.’s values-based leadership, embraced by the CoroCenter for Civic Leadership, and honors the individuals and organizations in our region that lead from their values in the service of building a more inclusive democracy.
Event Host: CoroCenter for Civic Leadership
Phone: (412) 201-5772 · Email:
Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Date: February 06, 2014 · Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: One Schenley Park Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (North Oakland)
Event Description: First Thursday of Each Month

Pittsburgh’s new network of creative minds working together to strengthen the bond between people and the natural world.

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Jan. 2, 2014

Silent City: On Listening, Noise, and Nature in Urban Environments

Guest Speaker: Abby Aresty

In the coming months, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes will come alive with a symphony of local, natural sounds. The sounds will evolve throughout the day, change with the seasons, and transform with the elements. In July 2013, sound artist Abby Aresty moved to Pittsburgh to begin work on this project; she has been gathering the sounds of Pittsburgh ever since. In this talk, Aresty will discuss biophilia in terms of sound, silence, and urban listening. In this context, she will share her inspirations for and development of this site-specific sound art installation, Of Earth and Sun.
Event Host: Phipps Conservatory
Phone: (412) 622-6914 · Email:
2014 Landis Lecturer
Date: February 13, 2014 · Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium: 650 Schenley Drive. Pittsburgh, PA 15260 (Central Oakland)
Event Description: Dr. Lawrence Bank will be honored as the 2014 Landis Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering.

His lecture will explore the roles of structural engineers in sustainable development.

Event Host: University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering
Phone: (412) 624-0265 · Email:
EBie Awards - Call for Entries Open
Date: March 20, 2014 · Time: -
Location: New York, NY ()
Event Description: Have you improved environmental performance in an existing building? Urban Green Council is now accepting submissions for the annual EBie Awards, a national juried competition. Winners will walk the Green Carpet at the Hard Rock Café Theatre in NYC on June 9! Submission deadline: March 20.
Event Host: U.S. Green Building Council
Phone: (212) 514-9385 x17 · Email:
Zero Landfill
Date: March 29, 2014 · Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Guardian Self Storage -2839 Liberty Avenue (Strip District)
Event Description: Zero Landfill Pittsburgh is an annual sustainability event. On March 28th and April 4th, local design firms are welcome to bring their outdated samples to Guardian Self Storage, from 12-3pm.
We will sort them and make them available for free to the public from 12-3pm on March 29th & 30th, as well as on April 5th.
For the past two years Zero Landfill Pittsburgh redirected 14,000 pounds of materials from the landfill and into the hands of artists, educators, crafters and individuals.
If you would like more information on this event, or would like to volunteer, please email
Event Host: Guardian Self Storage/Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse/J &J Flooring Group/Desmone and Associates Architects/Construction Junction
Phone: (412) 473-0100 · Email:
Seasonal Camps at Phipps Conservatory (ages 2-9)
Date: December 31, 2014 · Time: 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location: One Schenley Park Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (North Oakland)
Event Description: Phipps' Seasonal Camps, offered year round, connect youth ages 2 - 9 to nature, science and healthy living through fun, participatory environment-based activities—from growing and cooking their own vegetables, crafting with recycled materials, and drawing and photographing nature while exploring the Conservatory and outdoor gardens. Each camp day includes a healthy plant-related snack.

To learn more and register a special child in your life, please call 412/441-4442, ext. 3925.
Event Host: Phipps Conservatory
Phone: (412) 441-4442 x3925 · Email:


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