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Green News: Phipps receives international nod for sustainability, cool roofs are hot

Green news in and around Pittsburgh:
In a nod to European aesthetics, Phipps Conservancy and Botanical Gardens has received one of the most prestigious green awards in the world.
The Green Good Design Award, bestowed by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture Design, is one of the oldest and highest honors of its kind.
Its goal is to raise international awareness of some of the most important examples of sustainable design in the world. Phipps was singled out for its Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL), a facility that not only generates its own energy but captures and treats its water onsite.
CSL is considered the first building in the world to achieve the trifecta of green standards: the Living Building Challenge, LEED Platinum certification and four-star Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) certification.
The award is judged by members of The European Center’s Internal Advisory Committee, a group of worldwide leaders in the design industry.
Also on the greenfront, Pittsburgh is moving forward this summer with a program to create some of the coolest roofs in the city.
In its first year, the Cool Roofs program is part Cities of Service Cool Roofs, a strategy that encourages mayors across the country to increase sustainability by promoting painting hot, black rooftops with energy-efficient coatings.
The city’s Department of Public Works is working with volunteers to clean and paint 10 roofs, about 50,000 square feet, with a highly reflective white paint that reduces internal building temps by up to 30%, thereby reducing energy costs.
The program is funded by $56,000 from a Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund Grant and $25,000 from the city’s Green Trust Fund. Cool Roofs was founded in 2009 in NYC by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and 16 other mayors across the county.
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Phipps Conservatory, Green Building Assoc.
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