Pittsburgh 2030 District: 2014 Progress Report

The Pittsburgh 2030 District’s 2014 growth was in both scale and scope, presenting far greater opportunities for impact reduction.

2014 Progress Report Release at the PPG Wintergarden

The goal of the Pittsburgh 2030 District is to reach 50% reductions in energy use, water use, and transportation emissions by the year 2030. As one of eleven established 2030 Districts in North America, Pittsburgh is also piloting an indoor air quality metric. The Pittsburgh 2030 District launched in Downtown in 2012 and in Oakland in 2014.  The Pittsburgh 2030 District was the first 2030 District in the world to have more than one boundary and currently has the most committed square feet of any 2030 district.  

By the Numbers for 2014:

  • 436 buildings representing over 65 million square feet in Downtown and Oakland have committed to Pittsburgh 2030 District goals.
  • 68% of the total square footage in the Pittsburgh 2030 District is committed to energy efficiency, water efficiency, reduced transportation emissions, and healthier indoor air quality.
  • 95% of committed properties are voluntarily reporting their water and energy usage to Green Building Alliance.
  • The Districtwide opportunity is to ultimately reach 96.6 million square feet (100% of Downtown and Oakland)
  • 6.3% reduction in energy use below baseline, rapidly approaching the incremental 2030 Challenge goal of 10% reductions by the end of 2015.
    • 503,295,273 kBtu saved. That’s the equivalent of:
      • The annual energy use of 5,562 homes, or
      • 13,064 passenger vehicles, or
      • Removing C02 emissions from burning 144,318 barrels of oil.
  • 10% reduction in water use in Downtown (Oakland’s water baseline is in development in 2015).
    • 52,975,205 gallons of water saved. That’s the equivalent of:
      • Annual water use of 262 homes
      • 725 fountains at Point State Park, or
      • 1,292,078 loads of laundry

While Pittsburgh 2030 District results are aggregated, four Pittsburgh 2030 District Property Partners opted to voluntarily publicly disclose their buildings’ energy performance: Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh, the Stadium Authority of Pittsburgh, and the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County (SEA).  In a nod to transparent government – and an effort to share best practices and lessons learned with their fellow Property Partners – County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Mayor William Peduto shared water and energy performance for the following buildings:

PGH disclosure map 

  • Allegheny County Jail
  • Allegheny County Courthouse
  • Allegheny County Office Building
  • City-County Building (City & County)
  • David L. Lawrence Convention Center (SEA)
  • Family Court Division (County)
  • Medic 14 / Rescue 2 (City)
  • Municipal Courts Building (City)
  • North Shore Garage (SEA)
  • STD Clinic (County)
  • West General Robinson Street Garage (Stadium Authority) 

The County Executive and Mayor, who presented their building disclosures together on stage, both highlighted the importance of measuring usage. "It's great that we're measuring and learning," said the Mayor, who hopes the City and County can lead by example through their energy and water efficiency efforts. "What you measure, you can improve," added the County Executive.

Stay tuned for more news about the Pittsburgh 2030 District. If your building is located in Downtown or Oakland and has not yet signed up, please contact Anna Siefken at annas@gbapgh.org, 412-773-6013. For more inforamion check out the Entire Report Here!

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