The Pittsburgh 2030 District is a collaborative, nationally recognized, but local community of high performance buildings in Downtown and Oakland that aim to dramatically reduce energy and water consumption, transportation emissions, and improve indoor air quality while increasing competitiveness in the business environment and owner's returns on investment.
The Pittsburgh 2030 District, a Green Building Alliance strategic initiative, is an interdisciplinary private-public-nonprofit collaborative working to create groundbreaking high performance building districts in downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland. With the Architecture 2030 Challenge providing property performance targets, The Pittsburgh 2030 District seeks to prove that high performing buildings are the most profitable buildings in Pittsburgh. District Partners will do this by developing realistic, measurable, and innovative strategies to assist district property owners, managers, and tenants in meeting aggressive goals that keep properties and businesses competitive while operating buildings more efficiently, reducing costs, and reducing the environmental impacts of facility construction, operations, and maintenance.
Prefer to hear from 2030 District Partners directly? Check out the video below to hear about the benefits to their bottom line of their organizations and the way they're looking to make the region more sustainable and economically competitive. The Pittsburgh 2030 District encourages collaboration, brings forward learning opportunities, and helps businesses connect with resources. As Georgia Petropoulos, Executive Director of OBID, says "It's good for your business, as well as good for the environment."
These collective efforts have established the Pittsburgh 2030 District as an example of a financially viable, sustainability focused, multi-sector driven effort that maximizes profitability and prosperity for all involved. Through collaboration of diverse stakeholders, leveraging existing and developing new incentives and financing mechanisms, and creating and sharing joint resources, the Pittsburgh 2030 District continues to prove the business case for healthy and high performing buildings. Property owners and managers are voluntarily committing their properties to Pittsburgh 2030 District goals; they are not required to achieve the District goals through legislative mandates or as individuals.
Achieving the 2030 Challenge targets at a District scale will provide a working model that other cities, towns, and regions can use to reduce costs and resource use while increasing competiveness and efficiency. While individual buildings have distinct opportunities for reductions and improvements, a District approach provides the opportunity for additional efficiencies across all categories. The Pittsburgh 2030 District provides Partners a roadmap and the support they need to own, manage, and develop high performance buildings by leveraging Community and Resource Partners, Green Building Alliance's members and stakeholders, market resources, and by creating new tools, partnerships, and opportunities to overcome current market barriers. This type of collaborative action is not only a strategic undertaking to keep Pittsburgh competitive and innovative in the year 2030, but also represents a major investment in Pittsburgh’s future and reflects the collaborative nature of our region.
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Pittsburgh 2030 District Aggregated Progress as of 2014