Pittsburgh setting example in energy reduction commitment

Pittsburgh leads North America with the most buildings committed to the 2030 District Network, an internationally recognized initiative that challenges property partners to reduce 50 percent of their energy consumption, water use and CO2 emissions from transportation by the year 2030. The Pittsburgh 2030 District catalyzes peer-to-peer collaboration, equipping property owners with the tools track their environmental impact. 

In its newly released progress report, the Pittsburgh 2030 District announced in a release that property partners cut $19 million in energy costs by implementing innovations in lighting, heating, cooling and ventilation, totaling $53 million in savings since initial reporting. Indeed, the cohort increased total energy avoided by 13 percent from last year alone, saving 982 million kBtu – or the equivalent CO2 emissions of driving a car 271 million miles. 

With 491 participating properties, an increase of more than 500 percent since founding, Pittsburgh leads all 17 established 2030 Districts in North America in committed square footage (including Seattle, San Francisco and Toronto). The Pittsburgh 2030 District includes hospitals, universities, office towers, professional sports facilities, and museums. It is a strategic venture of Green Building Alliance.

The 2030 District initiative prompted Pittsburgh to become one of 23 cities mandating utilities disclosure from nonresidential properties. This 2016 benchmarking legislation creates transparency in the real estate market, compelling buildings to provide high levels of efficiency and performance. With participating partners voluntarily tracking energy use, 26 percent of buildings required to disclose are prepared to report their consumption to the city of Pittsburgh. 

“Partners in the Pittsburgh 2030 District are doing more than just improving their buildings. They are generating real estate value, increasing resiliency, and developing a more equitable and sustainable city,” Mayor William Peduto said. “The momentum they are building pushes us to imagine a better city for all, and we look to the 2030 Challenge as a benchmark for our accomplishments.” 

2030 District 2016 accomplishments:


·         10.7 percent reduction, exceeding 2015 incremental goal of 10 percent below baseline

·         868 million kBtu avoided

·         Equivalent to the annual energy use of 6,353 homes, 14,673 passenger vehicles, 162,087 barrels of oil, or 1,358 flights between Pittsburgh and Los Angeles


·         10.3 percent reduction, exceeding 2015 incremental goal of 10 percent below baseline

·         Equivalent to the annual water use of 624 homes


·         24.2 percent reduction, exceeding 2020 incremental goal of 20 percent below baseline


Topics: Architectural Firms, Associations / Organizations, Construction Firms, Consulting - Green & Sustainable Strategies and Solutions, HVAC - Heating, Cooling, and Ventilation, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), Lighting - Energy Efficient Lighting, Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Trends and Statistics, Technology, Urban Planning and Design, Ventilation

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