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Pittsburgh’s Green Print

On Tuesday, March 13 members and friends of ULI, CoreNet, BOMA, GBA, and the Department of City Planning gathered at The Embassy Suites for an informative program unpacking what the new Building Benchmark Ordinance is, resources that make it accessible, and what we can learn from this initiative. Beginning with Happy Hour and networking, the program featured presentations from Flore Marion, Energy Advisor for the City of Pittsburgh; Aurora Sharrard, Executive Director of Green Building Alliance; and Billy Grayson, Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance.

Marion highlighted that the Pittsburgh Building Benchmark Ordinance was passed with the goal to cut energy waste, boost local economies, and reduce pollution.  By tracking energy and water usage via ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager annually, building owners can use this data in future decision making when servicing their buildings. To learn if the ordinance will impact your organization and access relevant resources, click here.

Sharrard explained the application of the ordinance in GBA’s 2030 District which features buildings that have been voluntarily benchmarking before the implementation of the ordinance.  Grayson emphasized that the goal of benchmarking is to combat climate change and reduce the amount of energy buildings use by approximately $0.10 to $0.20 per square foot. Both speakers highlighted that certain buildings will use more energy than others.

Many thanks to our speakers to making the ordinance more approachable and accessible to attendees.

Thanks to Partnering Organizations:

Curious about upcoming programs | Want to help organize future events | Become a local panelist | Sponsor a future program | Inquire about a leadership role… contact the District Council Office (724) 687-0707 or email: holly.muchnok@uli.org


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