Fast Facts

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The City of Pittsburgh has stated COP21 goals covering 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 in the process of being integrated into the third Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan,which will update 2009 and 2012 versions.

Here’s where Pittsburgh stands in green building (as of February 2017):

  • 274 LEED certified projects in Western Pennsylvania, totaling nearly 30 million square feet
  • 483 buildings committed to Pittsburgh 2030 District goals of 50% reductions in energy, water, and transportation emissions by 2030, totaling 76.3 million square feet (the largest of 15 2030 Districts in the world)
  • 5 AIA COTE Top 10 Award Winners
  • 1 Living Building certified (of only 12 nationally)
  • 1 Sustainable Sites certified building
  • 1 WELL certified building (of only 16 nationally)

Pittsburgh is 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 DOUBLE 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.