Pittsburgh 2030 District Exceeds Energy Reduction Goals

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PITTSBURGH, PA, April 28, 2016 – The Pittsburgh 2030 District, a strategic initiative of Green Building Alliance, announced today that the District has met and exceeded all 2015 reduction targets  in energy, water, and transportation emissions. The Pittsburgh 2030 District has reduced its total energy and water consumption by 12.5 percent and 10.3 percent, respectively, surpassing its 2015 goal of 10 percent. It also reported a reduction in transportation emissions by 24.2 percent, exceeding its 2020 goal of a 20 percent reduction – five years before the target achievement date of 2030.

The full 2015 Pittsburgh 2030 District Progress Report can be accessed here.

Pittsburgh 2030 District is an internationally recognized, voluntary initiative that encourages business owners and facility managers in Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland to work collaboratively toward aggressive 50 percent reductions in energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions (below baseline) by the year 2030 to save money and to increase each building’s operational efficiency.

Part of an international 2030 Districts Network committed to achieving the measured building performance goals of the international 2030 Challenge, Pittsburgh 2030 District represents 438 buildings and over 68.2 million square feet of commercial real estate, and is a public-private partnership convened by Green Building Alliance.  The Pittsburgh 2030 District is the largest of 13 North American 2030 Districts and is the first to report that the incremental goals have been achieved and surpassed.


  • 6% reduction, exceeding the 2015 goal of 10% reduction
  • 868 million kBtu avoided
    • Equivalent to the annual energy use of 6,353 homes, 14,673 passenger vehicles, 162,087 barrels of oil, or 1,358 flights between Pittsburgh and Los Angeles


  • 3% reduction
    • Equivalent to the annual water use of 624 homes Should this go under the bullet of 10.3%


  • 4% reduction, exceeding the 2020 goal of 20% reduction
  • Developed emission baseline


  • Conducted pilot to determine standard protocol for measurement, tracking, and benchmarking
  • Phase 1 completed and continuing into 2016
  • Will create standardized protocol for entire Pittsburgh 2030 District, and adopted by Districts nationwide

About Green Building Alliance

Green Building Alliance (GBA) is a nonprofit organization that inspires the creation of healthy, high performing places for everyone. One of the oldest regional green building organizations, GBA was founded in 1993, was the first U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) affiliate and is now a USGBC chapter. Headquartered in Pittsburgh and serving the 26 counties of Western Pennsylvania, GBA advances its mission through four primary initiatives: Pittsburgh 2030 District; Green & Healthy Schools Academy; Education, Outreach, and Technical Assistance; and Policy and Advocacy efforts.

Full press release:  go-gba.org/pittsburgh-2030-district-exceeds-three-milestone-reduction-targets-2015/

Read more:  2030districts.org/pittsburgh

Media Contact:

Angelica Ciranni
Pittsburgh 2030 District Director
Green Building Alliance