Pittsburgh’s Green Print
The Department of City Planning, in partnership with the Urban Land Institute Pittsburgh, invites you to join us on Tuesday, March 13 for a program focusing on how Building Benchmark compliance will impact your organization. Come learn about how to comply with the benchmarking legislation and how tracking energy performance can add value to your property. Beginning at 4:30pm, enjoy Happy Hour including hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer followed by a panel presentation featuring keynote Flore Marion at 5:15pm.
Members of all partnering organizations will be registered with the member pricing.
Meet the Panelists:
Billy Grayson, an expert in sustainability program development for companies and organizations, has been selected by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to serve as the executive director of its Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance. ULI is a global, multidisciplinary, member-driven real estate organization dedicated to responsible land use and building thriving, sustainable communities. Grayson joined the Institute’s staff on May 30.
Grayson has ten years of experience in developing and directing sustainability strategies. Most recently, he served as founder and principal of Bent Branch Strategies in Washington, D.C., which aids in supporting sustainability program development and managing sustainability reporting for clients in real estate, health care, consumer products and electronics.
Prior to founding Bent Branch, Grayson was director of corporate sustainability at Liberty Property Trust in Malvern, Pennsylvania, where he oversaw Liberty’s sustainability strategy for more than 700 buildings in 14 markets, including standards for sustainability in development, property management, and sustainability reporting and communications efforts. He worked with city managers and building tenants to accelerate investment in onsite renewable energy projects, and provided a “playbook” for tenants to support their energy efficiency efforts and pursue their own onsite renewable energy projects.
Grayson also served as vice president for social and environmental sustainability at the Electric Industry Citizenship Coalition in Washington, D.C., where he managed a global social compliance program and led initiatives to address e-waste, workers’ rights, and industry alignment with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Grayson also served as the first director of corporate sustainability at WESCO in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he managed a sustainable operations program and launched a sustainable product marketing initiative. Prior to WESCO, Grayson was a senior associate at ICF International in Washington, D.C., where he managed clients’ climate and energy projects.
Dr. Aurora Sharrard is the Executive Director of Green Building Alliance (GBA), a nonprofit organization that advances innovation in the built environment by empowering people to create environmentally, economically, and socially vibrant places. Founded in 1993, GBA is one of the oldest regional green building organizations in the United States, proudly serving Pittsburgh and the 26 counties of Western Pennsylvania, with stakeholders across the Mid-Atlantic, United States, and world.
As GBA’s Executive Director, Dr. Aurora Sharrard leads the organization in achieving its mission while setting strategy & future visions. A nationally recognized green building expert, Dr. Sharrard has served GBA since 2007 under several titles, always providing innovative solutions, strategic thinking, and real world application. Dr. Aurora Sharrard holds a Master’s and PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering with an emphasis in Green Design from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Tulane University.