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.
There are over 23 miles of protected bike lanes within City limits and 35 miles of trails along the riverfront.
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.