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Mar 13: Inspire lecture with Bob Berkebile and Amy Piccirilli
Creating Healthy and Resilient Communities
Bob Berkebile helped launch the US Green Building Council, the AIA's Committee on the Environment, AND the Living Building Challenge. But you won't believe how versatile and far-reaching his work has been. Here are just some examples of his projects:
Bancroft School Apartments: A collaboration with Bradd Pitt'sMake It Right Foundation, Bill worked to renovate an existing school into healthy, affordable, LEED Platinum rental units. This is a great example of urban acupuncture.
Pittsburgh filmmaker Mark Dixon, of YERT fame, says "Bob is one of the most visionary leaders in America by any definition, and his focus on sustainable architecture and more recently, "Urban Acupuncture" is definitely worth seeing in person. If you can spare the time (and a little money) to attend, I know you'll be thrilled you did."
And on the local front, did you know that the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh was the FIRST YMCA in the country to hire a Sustainability Coordinator? Well, now you do, and YOU can hear all about her story. Amy Piccirilli has spent the past few years serving as the catalyst to integrate sustainability into the YMCA. She's grown the organization's urban garden program, launched an aggressive utility monitoring program, created a robust green building policy, and adopted the Materials Red List (part of the Living Building Challenge, which Bob Berkebile helped launch!)
Amy's goal is to create healthy spaces to help foster the healthy minds and bodies that the YMCA serves on a daily basis. Come hear Amy's story as she presents with Bob Berkebile at the Inspire Speakers Series!
In addition to talks by national and local speakers, each Inspire lecture features appetizers and a cash bar, time for networking before the talks, and live music. 5-8 p.m. (talks begin at 6) at Phipps Conservatory. For more information and to register, go here.