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Green evolution is a journey — one which has taken Phipps from its first LEED-certified campus structure to the pursuit of worldwide regenerative collaboration through The Climate Toolkit. Read on to see some of our major milestones along the way:

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2011

  • Soda, junk food and factory farm meat eliminated

2012

  • Center for Sustainable Landscapes, first building to achieve Living Building Challenge, LEED, WELL, SITES, BREEAM, FitWel and Zero-Energy certifications in a single project
  • Launched Let's Move Pittsburgh initiative to expand organizational mission to topics of family health, nutrition and wellness

2013

  • Launched Homegrown program to build raised-bed vegetable gardens in underserved communities, provide mentorship and resources

2015

  • Nature Lab, second net-zero energy building, a modular classroom
  • Reinvested energy portfolio into renewable energy investments

2017


2018

  • Exhibit Staging Center, third net-zero energy building, a retrofit of an old public works facility
  • Intensified focus on single-use plastics reduction

2019

  • Launched The Climate Toolkit, a collaborative opportunity for museums, gardens and zoos who want to learn how to aggressively address climate change and inspire the communities they serve to follow their lead
  • More than 70% of café menu now vegetarian or vegan

2020

  • Launched Nature of Place symposium to explore human experiences and access around biophilia, green spaces and related topics

2022

  • 40% reduction in fossil fuel steam heating (design phase)

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