An In-Depth Look at the Pittsburgh 2030 District:
The Pittsburgh 2030 District is an internationally recognized, locally driven initiative that supports building owners and managers as they strive toward 50% reductions in energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions by 2030, while improving indoor air quality. The District connects 102 Property Partners with 43 Community and Resource Partners, driving industry-leading performance through peer-to-peer learning, technical trainings, and data benchmarking. The District leads all 19 international 2030 Districts with 81.7 million square feet committed, and has collectively saved $85.4M in energy and water costs since 2012, while avoiding 434,400 metric tons of CO2e. The Pittsburgh 2030 District is a private-public-nonprofit partnership facilitated by Green Building Alliance (GBA).
The District launched Downtown in 2012 with 61 committed buildings, encompassing core commercial properties and public facilities such as BNY Mellon Center and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Nearly six years later, the District has expanded into Oakland, Uptown, and the Northside and includes 507 properties spanning higher education, healthcare, hospitality, and multifamily residential. By pairing development density with a diverse set of partners, the Pittsburgh 2030 District sets higher building standards for all, while driving market transformation in the region’s largest economic centers.
Like other 2030 Districts, the Pittsburgh 2030 District follows the 2030 Challenge for Planning, a framework created by Architecture 2030 to drastically improve buildings’ environmental impact by 2030. With separate goals for new construction and existing buildings, the 2030 Challenge sets rigorous but achievable reduction targets in five-year increments. New construction and major renovation projects commit to carbon neutrality by 2030, while existing buildings pursue 50% reductions in energy use (below national baselines). Both new and existing buildings commit to 50% reductions in water use and transportation emissions (below regional baselines).
District Map - August 2018: