More than 100 people gathered at the Hard Rock Café in Manhattan’s Times Square on June 9th to celebrate the people behind our country’s most efficient existing buildings. Urban Green Council launched the EBie Awards (the “Existing Building” Awards) in 2012 to shine a spotlight on people who are sometimes overlooked – the energy managers and building operators who reduce the impacts of their buildings and increase efficiency. This year’s event saw many winners and recognized incredible achievements, but the belle of the ball was… the Pittsburgh 2030 District! While several cities were represented, including Los Angeles, Ft. Lauderdale, Austin, Sacramento, New York, and San Francisco, three of the six EBie Awards went to representatives PGH 2030 District Property Partners: Chris Pinelli (CBRE/11 Stanwix),Gary Sechler (Winthrop Management/US Steel Tower), and Dr. Nana Wilberforce(PNC Financial/Two PNC Plaza).
For the city of bridges, the journey to The 2014 EBie Awards began with Green Building Alliance (Western Pennsylvania’s chapter of the US Green Building Council) and its Pittsburgh 2030 District. The 2030 District initiative (which launched in 2012) asks building owners and managers to commit to 50% reductions in energy use, water use, and transportation emissions by the year 2030. Among other things, Property Partners agree to share their usage data with Green Building Alliance, whose team compiles, analyzes, and reports annually on the aggregate data. The 2030 team in Pittsburgh had been watching the progress of more than 100 buildings already committed to the District over the past two years, so they were ready to make a move when the 2014 EBies Call for Nominations came across their desks.
“So many buildings and operators in Pittsburgh deserve recognition for their achievements in energy and water reduction, but there were a few that directly spoke to the categories and requirements of this year’s EBie Awards,” said Isaac Smith, 2030 District Property Specialist for Green Building Alliance. “We’re thrilled that Chris, Gary, and Nana were all recognized for their work.”
Learn more about Pittsburgh’s EBie Award winners, their projects and buildings (as well at GBA staff’s experience in New York City for the awards reception) at GBA’s blog.Photo Credit: Urban Green Council Flickr