Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden’s mission is to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants, advance sustainability and human and environmental wellbeing through action and research, and to celebrate its historic glass houses. The mission of the organization is evident in the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL). A restored brownfield is now a productive place that takes what it needs from what is available to it, and provides a healthy environment for life to thrive. True to the Phipps mission, the ongoing work at the CSL is based on recognizing vital and positive connections between people, plants, beauty, health, and focuses on awakening children to nature and encouraging sustainable, healthy lifestyles.
In a matter of months, five projects—two residences, a government office and a pair of educational facilities—achieved Net Zero Energy Building Certification through the Living Building Challenge. This recent flurry of certifications supports an assertion commonly voiced at our Net Positive Conference in February: the future of Net Zero buildings isn’t on the horizon; it’s already here. Learn more about the following certified projects via our case studies:
Zero Energy House, Auckland, New Zealand
American Samoa EPA Office, American Samoa
Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservancy & Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh, PA (also pursuing Living Certification).
Sustainability is pretty clearly one of the world’s most important goals; but what groups can really make environmental progress in leaps and bounds? Chris McKnett makes the case that it’s large institutional investors. He shows how strong financial data isn’t enough, and reveals why investors need to look at a company’s environmental, social and governance structures, too.
Constructing a high-rise sustainable building in a matter of days is an amazing accomplishment. It seems that technology like this could change the face of commercial construction.
“Broad is one of the few Chinese manufacturing companies that has been widely recognized for its green policies and commitment to climate change. It has expanded its business in recent years to include other energy saving products and sustainable buildings, and achieved a feat of building a 15-story tall hotel in 6 days, which received 2 million views in the first 10 days on YouTube.”
Some notable accomplishments noted about the building in this video:
5X more earthquake resistant than conventional buildings
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