Pittsburgh’s buildings are not only getting more energy- and cost-efficient, they’re also getting healthier, which benefits us all.
Since it launched in 2012, the Pittsburgh 2030 District has aimed “to commit commercial buildings in the central economic centers to 50% reductions in energy, water use and transportation emissions by the year 2030, while improving indoor air quality,” explains Paige Colao, Pittsburgh 2030 District program developer for the Green Building Alliance.
In that time, the Pittsburgh 2030 District has saved more than $154 million in reduced energy, water and transportation usage, and avoided 1.5 million metric tons of CO2 emissions.
The largest of 22 designations around the world, the Pittsburgh 2030 District includes more than 86 million square feet of space across 556 buildings, mostly in Downtown, Oakland and the North Shore.
For the second year in a row, the District has surpassed its benchmark goals for 2020 in the areas of energy and transportation and is on track to meet water use reduction goals.
Not only does this reach environmental goals like reduced carbon emissions, but it also saves building owners money.
“This year the District reduced their energy use by 23.1% below the baseline,” says Colao. “Which means they saved $34 million dollars, just in energy reduction alone.”