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Pittsburgh is ahead of schedule on 2030 District environmental challenge

By District Energy posted 05-24-2019 00:00


Bill O'Toole, Next Pittsburgh


According to UN estimates, urban environments are responsible for 75 percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. If we have any hope of staving off the worst effects of climate change, we need to start with our cities.

That’s where the 2030 District Challenge comes in.

This international challenge supports owners and managers of urban buildings in their goal to improve indoor air quality and achieve 50 percent reductions in energy use, water consumption and transportation emissions by the year 2030.

Pittsburgh, under the leadership of the Green Building Alliance (GBA), has answered the call with gusto.

With 528 properties representing more than 84 million square feet across Oakland, Downtown and the North Side, Pittsburgh’s 2030 District is the largest in the world.

“The 2030 District coalition has accelerated Pittsburgh’s progress toward vital international climate agreements,” said Mayor Bill Peduto, in a press release about the initiative. “With the entire city united, Pittsburgh joins global leaders in our commitment to the Paris Climate accords and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”

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