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evolveEA Adopts Architecture 2030 Challenge
October 08, 2012

evolve Among Pittsburgh’s Earliest Adopters

Architecture 2030 Challenge

In our continuing commitment to sustainability and triple-bottom-line thinking, evolveEA has adopted The 2030 Challenge, an initiative of Architecture 2030. evolveEA uses design, education and facilitation strategies to promote sustainability and address environmental concerns and The 2030 Challenge is another tool for us to help achieve our clients’ increasingly ambitious sustainability goals. evolveEA already has a track record with its contributions to projects and has had a major impact on the greater Pittsburgh region. Several high-profile sustainability consulting projects, including the Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes and the David Lawrence Convention Center’s operations study, which led to Platinum LEED Existing Building Operations & Maintenance certification, as well as ongoing relationships with Carnegie Mellon University, UPMC, Point Park University, Giant Eagle and regional architects, engineers and contractors have positioned the firm at the forefront of both the regional and national green building community.

Architecture 2030 is a non-profit, independent organization established in response to dramatic climate change by architect Edward Mazria in 2002. Its mission is to rapidly transform the U.S. building sector from the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to becoming a central part of the solution to the climate change, energy consumption, and associated economic crises. The 2030 Challenge is the organization’s premiere initiative, which asks the architecture and building industry to adopt aggressive incremental targets designed to slow the increase of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from buildings the year 2030.

Members of the evolveEA team are also leading the design and building community in other ways that will support The 2030 Challenge. Principal Marc Mondor, AIA, LEED Faculty was recently chosen to Chair the American Institute of Architects Pittsburgh’s Committee on the Environment, which is being resurrected for the first time since the 1990s in order to lead and support regional sustainability initiatives. And Principal Christine Mondor, AIA, LEED AP is Vice-President of the Green Building Alliance Board of Directors.

The 2030 Challenge has been adopted and supported by numerous professional organizations and design firms. evolveEA is the third Pittsburgh-based firm to adopt the Challenge. By putting forward designs that meet and exceed 2030 Challenge targets, these firms are providing clients with the best-performing buildings possible. Adopters are also able to take advantage of federal, state and local incentives for projects that achieve the 2030 Challenge targets, as well as lead the profession as national legislation is implemented that incorporates these targets into building codes.

evolveEA Speaking Engagements & Appearances: Fall 2012
September 14, 2012

September 19, 26, & October 3 at Point Park University
with Green Building Alliance

  • 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    LEED GA Exam Prep Course [BD+C 251]
    Marc Mondor, evolveEA Principal, AIA, LEED Faculty
    Register through the GBA; 3 sessions
    Point Park University, Pittsburgh PA

October 11 GBA INSPIRE Speaker Series at
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

  • 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Green Building Alliance INSPIRE Kickoff
    Christine Mondor, evolveEA Principal, AIA, LEED AP
    George Bandy Jr., Vice-President of Interface
    Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes,
    One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA

October 24 at Master Builder’s Association of Western Pennsylvania
Green Builders Committee Half Day of Green Education

  • 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
    LEED for Healthcare – What You Need To Know
    Marc Mondor, evolveEA Principal, AIA, LEED Faculty
    MBA Headquarters Lower Level Conference Center, 631 Iron City Drive, Pittsburgh, PA

November 12 at Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference 

  • 10:45 am –12:15 pm
    Ecodistricts: Powered by Community Capacity [1B – Engaging Diverse Communities in Behavior Change]
    Christine Mondor, evolveEA Principal, AIA, LEED AP
    Hyatt Regency Sacramento, Regency-D, 1209 L Street, Sacramento CA

November 14 at Greenbuild 2012 Internationl Conference & Expo 

  • 3:00 pm –4:00 pm
    Beyond Post Occupancy Evaluation: Building the Business Case [B02]
    Christine Mondor, evolveEA Principal, AIA, LEED AP
    Angelica Ciranni, Sustainability Coordinator, Sports & Exhibition Authority
    Aurora Sharrard, Vice President of Innovation, Green Building Alliance
    Moscone Center: 747 Howard Street, San Francisco CA

December 10 at Landmarks Housing Resource Center
with Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

  • 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    LEED Certification in Building Construction
    Marc Mondor, evolveEA Principal, AIA, LEED Faculty
    744 Rebecca Ave, Wilkinsburg PA 15221


Steve Hockley Joins Conservation Consultants Inc. Board of Directors
September 07, 2012

Steve Hockley, Sustainable Process Manager at evolvEA, was recently named to the Board of Directors of Conservation Consultants Inc. (CCI), a prominent organization that has catalyzed the sustainability movement in Western PA. A graduate of Duquesne University’s MBA with a Focus in Sustainability program, and a LEED AP with a specialization in Existing Buildings, Steve’s extensive sustainability and green building consulting experience will be valuable to CCI as it continues to pursue its mission of promoting responsible energy and resource use in homes and buildings.

Marc Mondor Joins AIA Pittsburgh Board of Directors as Chair of Committee on the Environment
September 04, 2012

AIA Pittsburgh Board MeetingevolveEA Principal, Marc Mondor, AIA, was inaugurated last week to the Board of Directors for the American Institute of Architects (AIA Pittsburgh). Marc will also serve as Chair of the Committee on the Environment, which is being resurrected for the first time since the 1990s. Marc’s extensive green building and facilitation experience will be valuable as the Committee undertakes sustainability initiatives such as the 2030 challenge. evolveEA’s tradition of professional and civic involvement is an extension of our mission to promote sustainability through design. Marc has been instrumental in programming and delivering the AIA’s BuildPittsburgh conferences and serves as USGBC LEED Faculty.

Phipps Production Greenhouse earns LEED Platinum Certification in the Existing Buildings Category
June 29, 2012

Thanks to a multi-year effort by a distinguished project team led by evolveEA, Phipps Conservatory’s Production Greenhouse has earned LEED EBOM Platinum Certification illustrating the potential for existing buildings to reduce their environmental impact. The certification—USGBC’s highest rating—represents the culmination of intense efforts to fully integrate sustainable operations within the organization. The historic campus in Pittsburgh’s Schenley park contains some of the most technologically advanced green building systems, tools to monitor them, and comprehensive green operations and maintenance practices in the region. As part of this effort, the conservatory and Production greenhouse team led efforts to:

  • Conduct a historical and peer group energy benchmarking study to better understand the relative efficiency and unique operating characteristics found across the country’s greenhouses.
  • Install campus-wide energy and water monitoring equipment which allows for real-time monitoring of resource usage in each campus building.
  • Commission and audit all of the buildings on campus to ensure they were operating efficiently and effectively. 
  • Instill organizational goals toward achieving a zero waste, and environmentally sensitive campus and culture.
evolveEA Selected for Downtown Pittsburgh Revitalization Project Team
June 19, 2012

“The Gardens,” will be a mixed use project on Market Square that will make up the next phase of a long-term revitalization plan. evolveEA was part of theteam for the phase one Market at Fifth project that initiated the downtown square’s improvement, restoring historic façades while providing modern LEED certified residences and retail spaces. “The Gardens” project team will include evolveEA as sustainability, energy and modeling, and LEED consultants. The new 20-story tower will contain classic office space, a hotel, destination retail space, and parking. The project team features globally renowned Arquitectonica, Emcor, and is being developed by Millcraft Industries.

evolveEA Speaking Engagements & Appearances: Summer 2012
June 18, 2012

June 21 at 2012 ACSA International Conference:
CHANGE, Architecture, Education, Practices

June 26 at Green Building Alliance 

  • 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
    Lunch & Learn Traveler’s Passport: Green Building in Korea
    Cole Williams, evolveEA consultant
    Green Building Alliance, River Walk Corporate Centre, 333 East Carson Street, Suite 331, Pittsburgh
    [Cole and the three other participants of a Rotary Club sponsored exchange program for Pittsburgh sustainability professionals discuss their observations from a month-long stay in South Korea.]
evolveEA to Help Green Point Park University’s New Building
June 11, 2012

evolveEA will perform LEED management and sustainability consulting for Point Park University’s newest project. The 101 Wood Street building in downtown Pittsburgh will act as the University’s front door, welcoming new students and faculty. We will provide a suite of consulting services to help minimize environmental impact, set and manage sustainability goals, and achieve LEED certification. The project includes a panoramic view of the Point Park University campus, including the plaza across the street—another evolveEA consulting project. The project team is being led by EDGEstudio and HF Lenz.

Winchester Thurston School Engages evolveEA
June 06, 2012

evolveEA was selected as part of a project team to establish energy efficiency goals for Pittsburgh’s renowned pre-K through 12 school, Winchester Thurston. We will start the process by leading a stakeholder charrette to ascertain overall sustainability goals. Comprising the project team along with evolveEA are Building Performance Architecture, Fourth Economy, and Performance Systems Development. Winchester Thurston School is a prestigious addition to our growing list of clients within the schools sector, which also includes Shady Side Academy, A.L. Wilson Elementary School, and others.

evolveEA Study Culminates in LEED EB Platinum Certification at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center
May 10, 2012

The region’s investment in a green convention center is paying off. Pittsburgh-based consulting firm, evolveEA performed a ground-breaking study to evaluate the David L. Lawrence Convention Center’s (DLCC) operations, marking the first time a prominent LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified building has undergone a comprehensive evaluation for green operations, which has culminated in the facility becoming the first LEED Platinum convention center certified under the Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance rating system.

Christine Mondor, Principal at evolveEA says “This study illustrates that the DLCC, one of the greenest convention centers in the world, is an excellent example of a building whose smart design leverages efficient operations. It is also a great story of what can be achieved by an operations team that looks for constant improvement.”

evolveEA and its team investigated the convention center’s performance, not only as a physical building, but as a functioning organization. To do this, the team benchmarked the DLCC against other convention centers, and provided recommendations to improve operations and leverage marketing opportunities. The study highlighted that over $12 million in DLCC revenues from 2006 to 2010 came from green-seeking events. These same events brought approximately $144 million in direct spending to the Pittsburgh region. In addition to added business, the convention center’s design and how it has been operated has allowed it to save over $2-million in energy costs since 2005, compared to a conventional venue of its size.

LEED Platinum Announcement

As evidenced by the approximately 50 facilities that have achieved or are pursuing LEED certification, convention centers and event destinations are prioritizing sustainability as they begin to understand the marketing and cost saving implications of sustainable operations.  In 2003, the DLCC catalyzed the green building movement in the convention industry, becoming the first LEED Gold Convention Center. Now, as a result of this study, the DLCC has reaffirmed its leadership after nearly a decade of operations.

Selected from a field of 25 national firms, evolveEA led a project team comprised of CJL Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics, and Civil and Environmental Consultants. By analyzing energy consumption, water use, airflow, purchasing, waste management, transportation, marketing, and occupant behavior and satisfaction, the team identified opportunities to make improvements that will continue to generate financial savings, marketing value, and business growth.

Stephen Hockley, evolveEA project manager says “This study represents a truly compelling business case for pursuing sustainability. It shows that no matter the business model, an organization can do well by doing good.”

To learn more about the project and evolveEA’s role, visit

Upcoming evolveEA Speaking Engagements & Appearances
April 24, 2012

April 17 at Build Pittsburgh Annual AIA Pittsburgh Conference

  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Integrative Process and Verified Performance: The Expanded Focus of LEED 2012
    Moderator: Marc Mondor, AIA, LEED Faculty, Principal, evolveEA
    Panelists: Joseph Nagy, RA, LEED AP, Building Systems Ratings Manager, evolveEA, and Stephen Hockley, LEED AP, Sustainability Process Manager, evolveEA

April 25 at GMIC’s 2012 Sustainable Meetings Conference, Montreal Canada

  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am
    Breakout Session on the Building in Operation Study of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center
    Christine Mondor, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, evolveEA; Mark Leahy, Convention Center General Manager, SMG; Angelica Ciranni, Project Development Specialist, Sports & Exhibition Authority

April 27 at Purdue University, West Lafayette IN

  • 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
    Building as Organism: An Approach to the Living Building Challenge
    Christine Mondor, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, evolveEA
    Location: Pfendler Hall, Dean’s Auditorium

May 16 at 2012 AIA National Convention, Washington DC

  • 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
    Preconvention Workshop – BD+C 301: Implementing the Building Design + Construction LEED Rating System
    Marc Mondor, AIA, LEED Faculty, Principal, evolveEA
    Program Code: WE201  |  Event Type: Preconvention Workshops
    Location: Washington Convention Center, Room 144AB
    Learning Units: 7.50 LU\HSW\SD  |  Cost: $310.00

May 18 at USGBC’s 2012 Annual Greening the Heartland Conference, Indianapolis

  • 8:00 am – 9:15 am
    Breakout Session – Ecodistricts: The Future of Sustainable Communities
    David Deal, LEED AP, evolveEA
The Greening of Meetings—Event Venues Get Sustainable
March 16, 2012

Newsbrief from Environmental Building News

According to consulting firm evolveEA, planners of conventions, trade shows, and other large meetings increasingly demand greener facilities, whose share of the market has increased 4.5% per year since 2004. In 2010, there were 19 LEED-certified convention centers across the country—up from 11 in 2009—and many more pursuing certification.

With this in mind, evolveEA, the Heinz Endowments, and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh conducted a survey of convention centers to better understand how they are addressing the demand for greener venues. Looking at convention centers’ business models, “Event Venue Benchmarking” identifies key market drivers and industry best practices (such as energy benchmarking, monitoring greenhouse gas emissions, and sustainable purchasing), as well as opportunities for improvement.

For example, the waste stream at convention centers can be particularly large, and while all facilities surveyed claimed to recycle to some extent, waste varied by facility from under two to more than eight pounds per visitor. While a given facility recycled a higher percentage of its waste, another produced less waste per visitor to begin with by choices made in purchasing. To learn more, visit

By Erin Weaver, March 1, 2012

Winter Gala at Art Institute Features Panel with Marc Mondor
February 23, 2012

Last week, the Interior Design Student Professional Alliance held their annual Winter Gala at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. The event featured a presentation about the Living Building Challenge process at the Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes, led by a panel from the project team. evolveEA’s Marc Mondor was accompanied by Chris Minnerly of The Design Alliance architects, Executive Director of Phipps Conservatory Richard Piacentini, and Alan Traugott of CJL Engineering. They covered the Whats Whys and Hows of this unprecedented net zero energy water and waste building project from their own unique perspectives as team leaders.

Phipps Conservatory is a global leader in sustainability and a historical Pittsburgh treasure. evolve’s experience as LEED and Living Building Challenge consultants continues to add knowledge and value to our work every day, and we are thrilled to be able to share this with young designers and the local community.

Roshek Building Earns LEED Platinum Certification
February 17, 2012


The historic Roshek Building, centerpiece of downtown Dubuque, Iowa’s sustainable redevelopment, recently received the US Green Building Council’s highest LEED Platinum Certification.

evolveEA, coordinated the project team’s approach that combined sustainable development, green building and historic preservation to galvanize redevelopment in historic downtown Dubuque. Having successfully managed over 30 LEED certifications, The Roshek Building is our first platinum project and also the first platinum certification in the Dubuque—a city increasingly known for its strong commitment to sustainability since 2006.

The first Platinum Historic Rehabilitation project in Iowa, the Roshek Building is the fifth building in Iowa to achieve platinum. Only a handful of Historic Rehabilitation projects in the nation have received Platinum certification, a rare and significant accomplishment.

This project shows how effective public private partnership focused on sustainable redevelopment can dramatically turn around declining small towns and cities…even during a national recession. Over 30 organizations spearheaded by the Roshek Building nonprofit owner Dubuque Initiative, developer contractor Gronen Properties, and major tenant IBM Corporation have demonstrated how sustainable redevelopment can dramatically improve employment opportunities, repair historic town fabric, and reduce our environmental footprint while breathing new life into both a town and the surrounding region.

— evolveEA principal, Marc Mondor AIA, USGBC LEED Faculty

The project leveraged the City of Dubuque’s commitment to sustainability to convince IBM to locate a new Technology Services Delivery Center into the underutilized Roshek Department Store Building. In addition, Dubuque became the first North American demonstration city for IBM’s Smart Cities Initiative. The historic restoration of the nine story tower upgraded the energy efficiency of the building walls, windows, roof and mechanical systems while preserving the character and detailed facade of the landmark structure. Interior spaces were upgraded to maximize daylight, views, thermal comfort, ventilation and the use of healthy green materials. Over 130,00 SF of high quality office space was provided for IBM.  In addition 10,000 SF of ground floor commercial space and 63,000 SF of office space, some of which is leased to non-profit and start-up businesses at below market rates, was renovated. The project cost is $45 million and generated 2540 new jobs with an anticipated regional impact of over $1.6 billion in business growth over the first 10 years of operation.

The Roshek Building LEED Platinum Certification demonstrates that sustainable projects pursuing triple bottom line approaches that simultaneously improve economy, equity and environment are succeeding to revitalize our communities, protect our environment and restore our economy.

To learn more about the project, please visit our project pages for The Roshek Building and the IBM Technology Service Center.

evolveEA Receives WBE Certifications
February 02, 2012

We are pleased to announce that evolveEA was recently certified as a Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

Masters of Sustainability Students Engage in A Tale of Two Cities: Sustainable Community Analysis
January 26, 2012

evolveEA is leading a team of graduate students (MS3) in a semester long inquiry exploring two of our region’s communities as they transition toward a more sustainable and (hopefully) prosperous future. Similar to evolveEA’s approach to Buildings in Operation and benchmarking investigations, evolveEA and the Slippery Rock University team will perform a deep analysis of each community’s demographics and sustainability initiatives; while gauging progress across a number of metrics and indicators. This Community engagement study will explore the potential for sustainable development in Oberlin OH, and Pittsburgh PA; two communities which differ greatly, but are pursuing paths toward a more sustainable future. We’ll try to uncover how a metropolis of three million and college town of eight thousand might learn from each other as each faces unique challenges and opportunities.

Cole Williams to Attend Seoul Green Building Exchange Program
January 10, 2012

We are proud to announce that evolveEA’s Cole Williams was chosen to participate in a Green Building Group Study Exchange Program this coming May in Seoul, South Korea. The program, organized and funded by the Rotary Foundation, brings a team of architects and designers from Seoul to Pittsburgh and then participants from Pittsburgh will focus on green building and development while in Seoul.

Cole thanks the McCandless Rotary Club, who will sponsor his trip to Seoul. He looks forward to this opportunity to share green building knowledge with peers and learn about Seoul’s advancements in green building firsthand. We are excited to hear all about his experience!

White House Council Environmental Quality Chair Visits Pittsburgh
November 23, 2011

Last weekend representatives from evolveEA met with Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Ms. Sutley is principal environmental policy advisor to the President and was in Pittsburgh to learn about the successes and challenges facing the state of green building in our region. We described Pittsburgh’s role as an early green building leader and challenges discussed ranged from combined sewer overflow to incentives for renewable energy.

We learned that the Obama Administration has repeatedly tried to get all G-8 and G-20 nations to eliminate their own fossil fuel subsidies to no avail. The Federal Government has begun awarding energy service contracts, which reward efficiency over consumption. The Department of Defense has been providing leadership on energy and emissions; most of the logistics chain in Afganistan, for instance, is related to the transfer of energy. DOE Secretary Chu is performing long term planning in his quadrennial review of the DOE. Clean air was discussed, as the EPA is implementing mercury standards for power plants and related air quality, as the the average plant in the US is 43 years old.

Efficiency programs on the residential and commercial side were described, with programs such as Recovery to Retrofit, Energy Star, Better Buildings Initiative, Sunshine Initiative, Smart Communities and Executive Order 13514. Research for clean energy, renewable energy and smart communities are being worked on by DOT, HUD and DOE.  Fuel economy standards have been developed and adopted with the cooperation of the auto makers. Combined sewer overflow in Southwest PA will be a $5-10B problem, but the EPA has not been supporting green infrastructure as a sole solution; Milwaukee exists as a successful case study.

The meeting was hosted by the Green Building Alliance in Pittsburgh. Other attendees included Davitt Woodwell (Pennsylvania Environmental Council), Bill Bates (Chair of the Green Building Alliance), Malik Bankston (Kingsley Center), Marijke Hecht (Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy), Ashton Giles (City of Pittsburgh) and Joy Braunstein (Rachel Carson Homestead).

David L. Lawrence Conv. Center Progress Report
November 10, 2011

evolveEA’s Christine Mondor will speak at a Green Building Alliance event addressing the DLCC’s green features, performance, and operations, past, present, and future. evolveEA led the project team that analyzed the convention center’s performance as an innovative green building. Christine will highlight the challenges and triumphs in this effort that’s sure to have significant implications for the Pittsburgh region and for the convention center industry.

Pre-registration for this event is recommended. Time and location are as follows:
Hall A
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
November 10, 2011
7:30 am – 10:00 am

See the Green Building Alliance event page for registration and more information.

Daniel Klein joins evolveEA as Communication Designer
November 02, 2011

Daniel Klein has joined evolveEA as Communication Designer and will be leading the firm’s emphasis on visualizing information to help companies and communities make better decisions for their future. Daniel has developed a savvy, conceptual design methodology working in fields from fine arts to corporate consulting and his creating thinking, technical skill and leadership experience will inform projects across the full spectrum of media. His key areas of focus are information graphics, brand development, environmental graphics, publication design and social media.

Daniel is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s Communication Design program and has over ten years of experience in the United States and abroad. As the creative lead for a DC based futures consulting firm, Daniel strengthened the firm’s global presence, developing its in-house design studio in Tel Aviv. While in Israel, he also used his talents to benefit the community as a founding member of BreakOn, an urban art collective that reclaimed unused spaces as exhibition venues for emerging artists.

“Daniel’s talents and strategic thinking will help our clients tell their stories and analyze their data at a new level. His experience with future’s thinking and collaborative creativity will enable a new level to the sustainability dialogue and help make strategic thinking easier and more accessible,” said Christine Mondor, AIA and Principal of evolveEA.

To demonstrate the value of infographics, Daniel has published an example as part of his first blog post on the evolveEA website.

evolveEA Receives AIA Pittsburgh’s Honor Award in Urban Design
October 28, 2011

Praising our Living City Masterplan project, AIA Pittsburgh presented evolveEA with an Urban Design Honor Award at its 2011 Design Pittsburgh Gala. While the masterplan addresses issues that many post-industrial communities are facing, direct community engagement helped us shape the plan in ways that build upon the local culture and uniqueness of the Larimer and Homewood neighborhoods. In collaboration with each community, evolveEA articulated an ecodistrict design method where energy independence, net zero water use, and localized food economies create a new vision for more resilient neighborhoods that attract and sustain development.

The  project outlines an inspiring combination of innovative ideas and practical steps along a timeline to measure progress. The recognition from AIA demonstrates the value that strategic urban planning can offer to communities and cities nationwide. Most of the principles outlined in our plan can be applied in communities everywhere; evolveEA is helping them imagine their potential and fulfill it with practical short- and long-term goals.

Press Release: PennFuture Award
October 03, 2011

evolveEA is proud to announce that Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) will be officially honoring us with a Green Power:  Turn It On! Award!

The award, which is part of the larger Green Power:  Turn It On! Campaign, is meant to recognize individuals and organizations for their work in promoting the clean energy economy in Pennsylvania.  The Green Power:  Turn It On! Campaign is a multifaceted, multiyear campaign aimed at building the renewable energy market in PA.

We are receiving the award because of our commitment to sustainability, the reduction of our carbon pollution, and the purchase of 100% wind electricity for our office.  As a mission driven firm, we find every opportunity to reduce our activities’ impacts on the future health of our environment.  To evaluate the impact of our operations, we performed a carbon inventory for 2009 as a base year (see for more info), which has led us to take steps reduce our energy usage and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as much as possible, purchase 100% renewable electricity, and buy carbon offsets for all remaining GHG emissions.  We have made an ongoing commitment to carbon neutrality.  We can do it, and so can you.

The luncheon and awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 27 from 12 – 2 p.m. at the Fairmont Pittsburgh.  For more information, please see PennFuture’s web link.

Community Charrettes for Frick Park
April 20, 2011

We’re beginning a community design process with Pittsburgh Parks to design a new treehouse in Pittsburgh’s largest park, Frick Park. We are hosting public charrettes, and we need community members and children to help us generate ideas.

Sign up here:

Kid-Centric Meeting
Thursday April 28 5:30 – 7:30p

Colfax Elementary School, 2332 Beechwood Boulevard

The Parks Conservancy is developing design concepts for the first of Frick Park’s outdoor learning spaces. We need your input! This session is all about kids. We invite children, parents, and teachers to join us for a fun, hands-on session where we’ll learn what kids would love to see in the park. Space is limited, and a light dinner will be provided.

Site Visit at Frick Park
Thursday June 2 5:30 – 7:30p

Frick Environmental Center, 2005 Beechwood Boulevard

Everyone is welcome at this outdoor session, where we’ll be visiting the location of the treehouse and asking everyone for their ideas. Following this activity, the project team will begin to develop design concepts.

Design Concept and Feedback
Thursday, July 28, 5:30 – 7:30p

Location TBD

At this public meeting, the project team will unveil a preliminary design for the treehouse, and community members can provide feedback. We’ll have an activity room for kids while the parents attend the meeting.

Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Sustainability Conferences
March 22, 2011

We’ll be participating in a few great upcoming conferences. Almost the whole office will be participating! Hope to see you there.

March 25-27
Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon: Biodiversity and Environmental Justice

Living Cities
Presentation by Christine Mondor.

April 3
PennFuture’s 2011 SW Pennsylvania Global Warming Conference

Presentation by Christine Mondor.

April 7
Build Pittsburgh

The Pros and Cons of Pro Bono: How to Make It Work for You
Presented by Christine Mondor.

The Future of Sustainability Rating Systems
Moderated by Marc Mondor, with Joseph Nagy as a panelist.

How Well Should Your Building Perform?
Moderated by David Deal.

Getting to Net-Zero Energy
Moderated by Marc Mondor.

April 10-12
Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation’s Engineering Sustainability Conference

Situating Place within Organizational Sustainability: Why Buildings Matter – or don’t
Presented by Steve Hockley and David Deal.

Building Up to Organizational Sustainability
Presented by Christine Mondor.
April 12
Delaware Valley Green Building Council LEED Course

Implementing the Interior Design + Construction LEED Rating System
Presented by Marc Mondor.

Columns Feature: “Habitat”
March 18, 2011

This month, we are featured in the Pittsburgh AIA’s Columns Magazine. They did a great profile of our office space and our interest in co-location, mobile technology, collaboration, carbon neutrality, and the great neighborhood of Friendship.

Thanks Columns!

Habitat, Columns Magazine [PDF]