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Built in 1893 at the height of Pittsburgh’s industrial revolution, Phipps Conservatory – a gift to the city from philanthropist Henry W. Phipps – was established as a sanctuary where smog-weary citizens could find respite in nature from the notorious steel mills that existed during that era. Today, as one of America’s greenest public gardens in one of the nation’s most livable cities, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens continues to carry on this legacy of connecting people to nature as it evolves far beyond our own founding mission by reimagining and reinventing our campus and establishing ourselves as an international leader in sustainable architecture and operations.

Phipps is seeking an innovative and experienced full-time Sustainability Manager to develop sustainability initiatives that result in the highest standards of energy-efficiency and healthy built environments by overseeing the implementation of LEED, the Living Building Challenge, SITES, WELL, and other certifications related to sustainability.

The Sustainability Manager will work across the organization to define and develop sustainability goals and oversee the execution of sustainability plans, policies and programs aimed at achieving them. This will include actively leading projects focused on aligning operations with Phipps’ mission of sustainability, ongoing commissioning and ensuring all facilities continue to operate at the highest level of efficiency, finding workable solutions to sustainability challenges, as well as overseeing and managing construction and capital projects. The Sustainability Manager will also be responsible for educating staff on how to work in high efficiency buildings and a campus that seeks to meet the highest standards for human and environmental health. In addition, the Sustainability Manager will prepare and deliver presentations, representing Phipps at project meetings and within communities throughout the Pittsburgh region. The Sustainability Manager will play a critical role in deepening and broadening the impact of Phipps’ sustainability strategies on our campus, in our community, and internationally.

The qualified candidate must have a passion for and experience with regenerative thinking, sustainable building management, exceptional project management experience and expertise in developing and implementing targeted sustainability standards to both operations and the built environment. Experience with sustainability principles, including LEED, the Living Building Challenge, SITES and WELL is required. LEED Accreditation is required, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Building Design or a related field and 2 - 5 years of experience in a management level position; Master’s degree preferred; a valid driver’s license is required.

Phipps offers a competitive compensation package, strong benefits and unique atmosphere. Qualified candidates should apply using our online application or send a cover letter and résumé via email to or mail to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Human Resources Department, One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Phipps is an equal opportunity employer.

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