May 15: Inspire lecture with Mark Mykleby and Bill Peduto

Sustainability:  An American Grand Strategy for the 21st Century...  please join the Green Building Alliance and Phipps Conservatory for the Season Finale of the Inspire Speakers Series.  Come hear a very unique perspective of sustainability from retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel Mark Mykleby.  A senior fellow of the New America Foundation, Puck (as he’s known) has developed a “National Strategic Narrative” which offers SUSTAINABILITY as the organizing logic for an American grand strategy.  After serving in the Marine Corps, Puck was asked to work on a grand strategy for the country and through his research, found that sustainability should be that strategy – both from a macro and a micro level. 

The reality is that we live in a resource-constrained environment, yet we act like we have unlimited resources,” Puck said in a 2013 interview with GreenBiz.  “We’re looking at about a 300-percent increase in resource consumption and we just don’t have the stuff in the world to support that.”  And so Puck is proposing both a top-down approach to sustainability as well as a citizen-led approach in which he engages communities across the country to achieve “full-spectrum sustainability.”  Come hear about this plan and how it could impact YOUR country and YOUR community!

How can a strategic narrative apply to our region?  Colonel Mykleby will be joined on stage by none other than Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto.  Mayor Peduto has served Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods for more than ten years, and he’s gained a reputation as a champion for sustainability and for enhancing Pittsburgh’s status as a leader in green innovation.  He also helped to create the city’s Climate Action Plan.  Come hear Mayor Peduto’s perspective on sustainability, community, and local government!

PLUS: The Founding Class of GBA’s Green & Healthy Schools Academy is graduating!  These educators, administrators, and facility managers from nearby school districts have been working to integrate sustainability into their school buildings, curriculum, and culture over the past two years.  Each school will share a brief story with the audience on how they have applied their knowledge and work.  Don’t miss learning about these imperative steps that are being taken to create healthier spaces for our children to learn.

5-8 p.m.  in the Special Events Hall at Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, 1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213  (Join us at 5 p.m. to enjoy delicious appetizers, a cash bar, an excellent banjo band, and great networking! Lectures begin at 6 p.m.)  Ticket Prices: start at $15 (If the designated ticket prices do not fit your budget, there is an option to pay what you can!)   Learn more and register here.  Click here to find out how YOU could have dinner with our speakers after the lecture.

You can also view a highlight reel of the entire Inspire Speakers Series events to date. 

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