Did You Know?
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 (in development), which will update 2009 and 2012 versions, embraces many of the above goals by 2030, and sets an 80% greenhouse gas reduction goal by 2050.
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 2.2 miles of protected bike lanes within City limits and nearly 70 miles of on-street bike lanes and sharrows have been installed.
In terms of green buildings, here’s where Pittsburgh stands(as of May 2018):
- 370 LEED certified projects in the Pittsburgh MSA, totaling over 37.5 million square feet
- 506 buildings committed to Pittsburgh 2030 District goals of 50% reductions in energy, water, and transportation emissions by 2030, totaling 81.7 million square feet (the largest of 19 international 2030 Districts)
- 6 AIA COTE Top 10 Award Winners
- 2 Living Buildings certified (of only 21 nationally), with 1 more Net Zero Energy certified.
- 4 Passive House certified structures (10 pre-certified)
- 1 Sustainable Sites certified building
- 1 WELL certified building (of only 93 nationally)
- 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.
Pittsburgh’s Downtown is home to strong economic development across many industries:
- From January 2008-April 2018 investments in downtown totaled $8,499,702,552, view map here
- In 2017, building permit issuances have increased across the city in the Central Business District, North Shore, Strip District, South Shore, and Bluff
- 2030 District Performance Metrics 2017: 17.5% reduction in energy consumption, 18.5% reduction in water consumption, and 9.3M commercial SF certified to LEED and Energy Star Standards
- In 2017, The Port Authority reported 53M riders