Tours

Pittsburgh boasts a number of model zero energy and ultra-efficient building projects. As part of the program, we have arranged for several tours of these projects on Tuesday, April 17. Times of the tours vary (see below for details) and transportation is provided. Join us to see first-hand how these buildings and districts, larger-scale developments are achieving high energy performance goals.  Registration is required. Space is limited.

Tuesday, April 17

12 noon to 1:45 p.m.  |  Pittsburgh 2030 District Walking Tour

The Pittsburgh 2030 District is a collaborative, nationally recognized, local community of high performance buildings in Downtown and Oakland that aim to dramatically reduce energy and water consumption, transportation emissions, and improve indoor air quality while increasing competitiveness in the business environment and owner’s returns on investment. Current commitments to the inspirational 50% reduction goals by the year 2030 include 492 buildings, totaling 79.2 million square feet (72.5% of the District’s square footage). The Pittsburgh 2030 District is a strategic initiative of Green Building Alliance. During this walking tour, we will join local leaders from the Downtown district who will share their vision and accomplishments, and take attendees to see first-hand key aspects of this thriving business alliance.  We’ll grab lunch along the way during a short presentation on District’s goals and accomplishments.

Getting there: Meet in the lobby of the Wyndham Grand at 12 noon and walk through the heart of the Downtown District. Will return by 1:45 p.m.

Cost: $25, includes lunch. Register now


 11:45 to 1:45 p.m. |  Hazelwood Green Tour

The 178-acre Hazelwood Green (formerly Almono) redevelopment project serves as a living laboratory and place for experimentation that adapts to fast changing markets and embraces Pittsburgh’s newly evolving innovation economy. The site’s development is working to catalyze investment within its underserved neighborhood of Hazelwood, and draw from the deep history and culture that remains intact through the people and the physical fabric of the neighborhood. There is no site of this scale and potential that is more uniquely situated within the urban context of the Pittsburgh region. This tour will take attendees through the site plan and highlight the thoughtful and collaborative development process and the multi-dimensional opportunities presented at Hazelwood Green and its neighborhood.

Getting there: Meet at the lobby of the Wyndham Grand at  11:45 a.m. to take a bus to the site. We will return by 1:45 p.m.

Cost: $35 includes box lunch  |   Register now


10:30 to 1:45 p.m.  |  Frick Environmental Center + Morningside Crossing Senior Living Center

A project of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and the City of Pittsburgh, the Frick Environmental Center is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum building that is engineered to meet the Living Building Challenge.  The Frick Environmental Center provides families, students, and learners of all ages with a state-of-the-art space for hands-on, experiential environmental education. The Center serves as the classroom base for programming that extends into the surrounding park woodlands, streams, meadows and trails.

Attendees will then visit Morningside Crossing, a whole building renovation of a 1897 elementary school to a new 46-unit affordable senior housing facility in the Morningside neighborhood. The community, made up of older homeowners, has not seen the renaissance that other parts of Pittsburgh have enjoyed. Living in larger homes, the residents find limited options to downsize and stay nearby because no affordable senior housing existed in Morningside until now. Morningside Crossing utilizes Morningside Elementary Schools—a centerpiece of the community for generations, but closed in 2006. The redeveloped project, which will open in spring 2018, is designed to the Passive House standard and is expected to cost less than the average $/sf for other housing projects funded by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. It features a Neighborhood Center (a joint project with Pittsburgh Citiparks Department), a public plaza, and landscape features that will capture all stormwater onsite.

Getting there: Meet at the hotel lobby at 10:30 a.m. for buses to take you to the sites. We will return by 1:45 p.m.

Cost: $35 includes box lunch  |   Register now


 11:00 (note new time) to 1:45 p.m.  |  Chatham University Eden Hall Campus

Located in Richland, Pennsylvania, and home to the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment, Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus boasts a 388-acres supporting sustainability and environmental education and striving to achieve zero energy performance. At Eden Hall, the campus is a living classroom and serves as an international showcase of possibilities and a laboratory where faculty and students collaborate to develop the next-generation tools and processes. This tour will take participate on the short drive to Eden Hall Campus where we will tour the facilities, learn about effort to make the campus carbon neutral, explore sustainable agriculture sites including a working organic farm, and observe natural wastewater treatment systems in action.

Getting there: Meet at the hotel lobby at 11 a.m. (note new time) for a bus to take you to the sites. We will return by 1:45 p.m.

Cost: $35 includes lunch at the campus cafe  |   Register now