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Number of participating properties grows 500 percent over five years to 491

(PITTSBURGH) May 3, 2017 – Pittsburgh leads North America with the most buildings committed to the 2030 District Network. For that’s an internationally recognized initiative. One that challenges property partners to reduce 50 percent of their energy consumption. Also water use, and CO2 emissions.

All from transportation by the year 2030. The Pittsburgh 2030 District catalyzes peer to peer collaboration. Thereby equipping property owners with the tools track their environmental impact.

Source: 2030 District

In its newly released Progress Report, the Pittsburgh 2030 District announced that property partners cut $19 million in energy costs. All by implementing innovations. For that’s in lighting, heating, cooling, and ventilation.

Thereby totaling $53 million in savings since initial reporting.

Indeed, the cohort increased total energy avoided by 13 percent from last year alone. For that’s saving 982 million kBtu.  Also 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.

Then Pittsburgh also leads all 17 established 2030 Districts in North America. All in committed square footage (including Seattle, San Francisco and Toronto). Moreover, the Pittsburgh 2030 District includes hospitals and universities. Also office towers, professional sports facilities and museums. It is also a strategic venture of Green Building Alliance.

The 2030 District initiative prompted Pittsburgh to become one of 23 cities. Thereby mandating utilities disclosure from nonresidential properties. This 2016 benchmarking legislation creates transparency in the real estate market. That’s 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.

As a stakeholder-driven cooperative, the Pittsburgh 2030 District advances local and national standards for sustainability.

2030 District 2016 Accomplishments:


10.7% reduction, exceeding 2015 incremental goal of 10% 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% reduction, exceeding 2015 incremental goal of 10% below baseline

Equivalent to the annual water use of 624 homes


24.2% reduction, exceeding 2020 incremental goal of 20% below baseline

For the full Pittsburgh 2030 District Progress Report, click here. Additional information on Pittsburgh’s sustainability efforts can be found at or by emailing


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