Here at Green Building Alliance, spring is data season. While others are watching the world come to life, the GBA office is teeming with blooming…excel sheets. This year, we are proud to announce the results of those calculations. As of 2018, the Pittsburgh 2030 District has surpassed its 2020 goals for energy and transportation reductions and is on track to reach its water goals by next year.
The Pittsburgh 2030 District is a strategic initiative of Green Building Alliance, bringing together over 540 properties and 84.8 million square feet across Downtown, Uptown, Oakland, and the Northside. Participants in the District, known as Property Partners, voluntarily commit to reduce their building’s water and energy consumption as well as transportation emissions by 50% by the year 2030, with interim goals in 2020 and 2025.
In 2018, these Partners saved an impressive $38.5 million by decreasing total District energy and water use by 23.5% and 18.6%, respectively, as compared to buildings of similar use type and size.
2018 also marks the first time a 2030 District has incorporated renewable energy on a District-wide scale. Property Partners purchased 10% of their energy from renewables, collectively avoiding 279,000 metric tons of CO2e.
Expanding GBA’s impact from city level to region-wide, the Pittsburgh 2030 District added 20 new District Affiliates who committed 219 buildings to the reduction goals. These properties exist outside of the District boundary, but still reside in Western PA.
On top of these data discoveries, the Pittsburgh 2030 District relaunched the region’s first comprehensive commuter survey, Make My Trip Count (MMTC), which was last completed in 2015. With the help of 14 transportation partners, the survey captured over 20,000 Pittsburgh commuters’ travel habits and preferred modes of transportation. Along with the traditional transit choices such as personal vehicles, buses, light rail, walking, and biking, this year the survey introduced two new choices, ridesharing (Uber and Lyft) and working from home (telecommuting).
Transportation partners will be creating additional materials via their analysis of the data. Look out for an upcoming interactive MMTC dashboard created by GBA, which will include the ability to filter results by demographics, location, and type of transportation!
Next steps for the Pittsburgh 2030 District include annual one on one meetings with Property Partners and District Affiliates, reviewing personalized energy, water, and transportation reports of their building(s).