Fast Facts

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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 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:

  • 370 LEED certified projects in the Pittsburgh MSA, totaling over 37.5 million square feet
  • 556 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 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
  • 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.