From grey to green. How pittsburgh is leading the green revolution.

  • LEED Architecture 
  • Responsive building systems
  • Energy and resource management 
  • Sustainable construction management

Architecture is no longer a self-indulgent, object-oriented profession. In the 21st century, architects are faced with the challenge of positioning their architecture as part of a larger ecological network- creating strong, contextual ties to the environment in which they build and developing novel means of managing resource consumption and waste production.  Evolving from an infamously bleak and barren industrial city into an international icon of green innovation, Pittsburgh is helping to reinvent what it means to design for a more sustainable future.

The Sustainability Track will be moving through the city, exploring dynamic infrastructural initiatives and different scales of architecture. Participants will be starting in Downtown Pittsburgh, touring large commercial buildings like the David Lawrence Convention Center and the New PNC Tower. Proud to be the first “green” convention center in the world, the David Lawrence Convention Center has made a public promise, g1(greenfirst), to continue its effort to maintain environmental sustainability. PNC has been a leader in green real estate development, owning more than 200 LEED certified buildings. The newly finished PNC Tower is one of them and has been crowned the "greenest skyrise in the world." On the way out of downtown, we will be looking at smaller scale projects such as the Passive Housing Units and Carnegie Mellon’s very own Intelligent Workplace. From there, we will be exploring the Phipps Botanical Gardens and Frick Environmental Center. Phipps Botanical Gardens is one of the most popular cultural institutions in the city and has been integrating innovative, sustainable architecture into their iconic Victorian greenhouse for over a decade with additions like the Welcome Center, Center for Sustainable Landscapes, and the Tropical Forest Conservatory. Like the Center for Sustainable Landscapes, The Frick Environmental Center was designed to meet the standards of the Living Building Challenge and LEED certification. The last destination will be gtech.(Growth Through Energy + Community Health). Like its name suggests, it focuses on bringing green economic opportunities to communities throughout the city to promote economic, social and environmental health and activism.