Did You Know?
The City of Pittsburgh has stated the following goals for its city government-owned facilities, fleet, and infrastructure by the year 2030. They include:
- 100% Renewable Energy Supply
- 50% Energy Consumption Reduction
- 50% Water Use Reduction
- 100% Fossil Fuel Free Fleet
- 100% Diversion from Landfill
- 50% Citywide Transportation Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction
- Creating a Fossil Fuel Divestment Strategy for City of Pittsburgh Funds
These goals are integrated into the third version of the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, which embraces the above goals by 2030 — and sets an 80% greenhouse gas reduction goal by 2050. The City’s OnePGH Resilience Plan outlines the city’s collaborative approach to build a resilient and inclusive city for everyone.
Pittsburgh has over 2,000 acres of parkland across 5 city parks — and that doesn’t count the rivers state park within city limits.
In terms of green buildings, here’s where Pittsburgh stands:
- 370 LEED certified projects in Western Pennsylvania
- 560 buildings committed to Pittsburgh 2030 District goals of 50% reductions in energy, water, and transportation emissions by 2030, totaling 86.6 million square feet (the largest of 19 international 2030 Districts)
- 6 AIA COTE Top 10 Award Winners
- 2 Living Buildings certified (of less than 30 nationally), with 1 more Net Zero Energy certified.
- 4 Passive House certified structures (10 pre-certified) and a growing Passive House community
- 1 Sustainable Sites certified building (of 52 nationally)
- 4 WELL certified buildings and 35 more having achieved the WELL Health-Safety rating
- 3 established ecodistricts (Millvale, Uptown, & Triboro), with 2 emerging
Pittsburgh is also home to many national green building firsts, including:
- First LEED Food Bank – Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank
- First LEED Financial Institution – PNC Firstside Center
- First LEED Convention Center – David L. Lawrence Convention Center, now TRIPLE LEED certified!
- First LEED University Dormitory – Carnegie Mellon University Stever House
- First LEED Public Arts Facility – Pittsburgh Glass Center
- First LEED Welcome Center in a Public Garden – Phipps Conservatory Welcome Center
- First LEED Smithsonian Property – Senator John Heinz History Center
- First LEED Radio Station – WYEP Radio Station
- First LEED University Dance Studio – Point Park University Dance Complex
Check out more Pittsburgh green building stats via Green Building Information Gateway.