Tours

Space is limited and all tours are first come first serve. Tours are available exclusively to SPC members. Questions about your tour selection? Contact Tesia Moore at tesia.moore@greenblue.org.

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Join the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium staff as we explore our sustainability projects and share with you the One Degree of Change initiatives. The One Degree of Change program is built on the premise that small changes can lead to big results. The Zoo has been involved in efforts to reduce our carbon footprint by adopting more energy efficient measures including the installation of electric vehicle charging stations, solar panels and wind turbines.

A highlight of the tour will be a visit to one of the Zoo’s best kept secrets; the green roof overlooking the polar bear exhibit. Along the way, we will stop at  some behind the scenes animal areas to learn how we take care of our animals. Lunch will be at the new award winning Jambo Grill which received a 3 star certification by the Green Restaurant Association and a Gold plate designation from Sustainable Pittsburgh. We look forward to sharing with you our sustainability projects and providing an inside view at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

(Be sure to wear comfortable shoes! Each attendee will cover their own lunch)

 

Energy Innovation Center

The Energy Innovation Center is a Pittsburgh-based, not-for-profit organization with a mission to engage corporate and community leaders, align workforce development and education, develop and demonstrate technology, and incubate businesses, to support emerging clean and sustainable energy markets. We have worked with key stakeholders to transform a vacant property in into a LEED Platinum Certified beacon for clean, efficient, and sustainable energy solutions and technologies. Located in Pittsburgh’s Lower Hill District this 200,000 square foot building functions as a ‘living laboratory’ for industry-informed education and training programs and a center that co-locates diverse tenants, including energy sector corporations, national energy research laboratories, political and community leaders, economic development organizations, and leading academic institution.

 

 

 

 

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden

Sponsored by the Recycled Paperboard Alliance

“The Center for Sustainable Landscapes Tour focuses on the sustainable aspects of the building and landscape of our new research, education and administrative facility, designed and built to be one of the greenest buildings on Earth.  The tour covers topics including green design, blurring the line between the built and natural environments, renewable energy, rainwater harvesting and green roofs.”

After the tour, attendees will have time to walk around the conservatory and grab lunch at their renowned Cafe Phipps (lunch paid on own).

 

 

 

Braskem Innovation and Technology Center

Braskem’s Innovation and Technology center is located along the Monongahela River across from the South Side area of Pittsburgh.  The center provides analytical and applications lab support to Braskem businesses in the areas of product development, technical service, and catalyst technology.  We collaborate with our clients to do proof of concept trials mimicking their processes on a smaller scale, thus avoiding disruption to their commercial operations.  We are also able to support these trial and our clients with a wide range of analytical capabilities and physical property testing. Our research scientists and engineers are also working to develop new product concepts and new technologies that will serve the future needs of our clients, frequently in partnership and collaboration with them.

 

Senator John Heinz History Center

See the sustainable operations at the Senator John Heinz History Center with an exclusive behind the scenes tour with the History Center’s Director of Facilities Management, Tom Murphy. The History Center is headquartered in an historic ice house built in 1898 and renovated in the early 1990s. The Smithsonian wing, a LEED Silver building, opened in 2004. The History Center’s Museum Conservation Center opened in 2014 in a renovated historic building, earning LEED Gold certification. The challenges and opportunities related to housing a museum and its collections in historic buildings have led to many innovative solutions.