Mail Icon Facebook Icon Twitter Icon Share
NEWS & EVENTS Subscribe to rss news feed  

After 12 months of intense competition, Southwest Pennsylvania will soon know who the leaders are in green business practice and be able to celebrate their remarkable achievements. The winners of Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Green Workplace Challenge will be announced October 18 at a Leadership Recognition and Awards Ceremony to be held at Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

 

Over the past year, more than 50 forward-thinking businesses and organizations in our region took actions that resulted in improved energy efficiencies, water use and emissions reductions as part of the Green Workplace Challenge. Participants were required to measure and provide verification of their actions, earning points along the way. Actions cover a variety of topics, such as reducing energy and water use to working with employees to incorporate more carpooling or bike riding in their daily commutes.

 

In July, bonus actions were added to the Green Workplace Challenge in support of the Breathe Project to highlight the important role that reductions in energy use play in improving the region’s air quality. Companies received bonus points for joining the Breathe Project coalition, pledging to reduce their energy use by a specific percentage goal, and having their employees commit to our individual action pledges.

 

Next week’s ceremony will feature talks from challenge leaders sharing their inspirational stories of what is possible for energy savings and innovation. Speakers also will include Bill Flanagan, executive vice president of corporate relations for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and Caren Glotfelty, senior program director of The Heinz Endowments’ Environment Program. The keynote talk will be given by Victor Olgyay, principal architect of the Built Environment Team at the Rocky Mountain Institute, who will present “Taking Energy Efficiency to Scale: The Empire State Building.”

 

In addition, attendees will be able to see how much energy has been conserved as a result of the competition and what that means in terms of bottom line business rewards. The proof is in the numbers. From September 2011 to July 2012, Green Workplace Challenge participants had already saved 43,953,285 kWh of energy on an annual basis, the equivalent of roughly 3,823 U.S. households’ annual electricity use. This is more than the amount of energy used each year by homes in East Allegheny, Friendship, Polish Hill and Regent Square combined. They also reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 15,710 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent and saved more than 56.4 million gallons of water on an annual basis.

 

The event also will provide a glimpse of what’s on tap for the Green Workplace Challenge in 2013, as well as the unveiling of the Sustainable Business Compact, a commitment and certification platform that will provide a credible and rigorous pathway for businesses to advance and publicly demonstrate their corporate sustainability achievements.

 

For more information and to register, click here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

events
May 22, 2017
Green City Remix Explores Social Change through Air Quality and Art   Celebrate the first youth designed exhibit at the Senator John Heinz History Center. The Opening Celebration will showcase an art installation crafted by cohorts of high school learners from seven area schools. The students spent several months exploring the … Learn More
May 3, 2017
Physical Activity, Air Pollution and Asthma in the Urban Environment   Making the Connection Series: Physical Activity, Air Pollution and Asthma in the Urban Environment.   Dr. Stephanie Lovinsky-Desir will discuss her research and afterwards there will be a panel of health and community experts to respond to her presentation. … Learn More
April 27, 2017
The People’s Climate March Pittsburgh   The People’s Climate March Pittsburgh will take place in tandem with the march on Washington D.C. from 10 a.m. to noon. Join fellow Pittsburghers in marching for our air, water and land along with clean energy jobs and climate … Learn More
April 25, 2017
Pittsburgh 2030 District Progress Report Reception   Learn about the Green Building Association’s progress in Downtown and Oakland toward achieving emission reduction goals.   April 25, 2017 4-7:00 pm Heinz History Center   Registration required. Learn More
April 25, 2017
Clearing the Air in Clairton   Join Clean Air Council and others for a strategy and goal-setting workshop to identify shared goals in protecting families and children against the risks of industrial pollution.   April 25, 2017 6:30 pm City of Clairton Municipal Building Learn More
April 21, 2017
THRIVE: Sustainable Economy Summit   Learn more about renewable energy, energy efficiency and other aspects of the sustainable economy and help other communities plan sustainable development.   April 21, 2017 9:00 – 4:00 Rustic Lodge Indiana, PA   More information. Learn More
April 20, 2017
Inspire Speaker Series – Dr. John Francis   Inspire Series presents Dr. John Francis, Planetwalker, an environmental justice and civic conversation   April 20, 2017 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium at Hill House Association.   More Information. Learn More
April 20, 2017
Living Downwind: Personal Stories of Those Harmed by Air Pollution from Neville Island “Living Downwind: Personal Stories of Those Harmed by Air Pollution from Neville Island,” Anchor& Anvil   Join members of ACCAN and community leaders and hear the stories behind the recently released book. More information   Thursday, April 20, 2017 6:30 … Learn More
See all events
latest on facebook

  • Fatal error: Uncaught OAuthException: Error validating application. Application has been deleted. thrown in /nfs/c09/h05/mnt/133684/domains/breatheproject.org/html/wp-content/plugins/facebook-feed-grabber/facebook-sdk/base_facebook.php on line 1254