Congratulations 2014 - 2015 GWC Competitors!

During the evening Finale and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at The Andy Warhol Museum, Sustainable Pittsburgh revealed the results and top performers in the 2014 - 2015 Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge.

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The 2014-2015 GWC top scorers in each category are:

Competition Category Awards:

Businesses:

  • Micro Business Category Winner: Pashek Associates – 235 points
  • Small Business Category Winner: evolveEA – 598 points
  • Medium Business Category Winner: The Mall at Robinson – 507 points
  • Large Business Category Winner: Highmark – 1,003 points

Nonprofits:

  • Micro Nonprofit Category Winner: Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) – 431 points
  • Small Nonprofit Category Winner: GTECH –722 points
  • Medium Nonprofit Category Winner – Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh – 743 points

University: Category Winner: University of Pittsburgh – 770 points

Small Municipality/Local Government: Category Winner: Monaca Borough – 310 points

Large Municipality/Local Government: Category Winner is Allegheny County – 1,353 points.

Top Saver Awards:

  • Top Energy Saver: Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh (21.5% Reduction)
  • Top Water Saver: Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh (17% Reduction)
  • Top Waste Reducer: Allegheny County (62% Reduction in Landfilled Waste)
  • Top Commuter Footprint Reducer: GTECH Strategies (9.4% Reduction)

Top Legacy Performer: Conservation Consultants, Inc. (65.5% Reduction from 2010 - 2015)

2014-2015 Impacts:

Actions Completed: 1,931 actions taken by 50 active participants

Energy:

GWC competitors saved enough energy to power 1,541 average U.S. homes for a year (18,602,681 kWh of
energy savings), translating to $1.5 million in cost savings. Factoring in the social cost of carbon, the savings are between $1.65-$2 million. The amount of energy saved equates to more than all of the occupied homes in Polish Hill (697 homes), Swisshelm Park (625 homes), and St. Clair (209 homes) for a year.

Waste:

GWC participants reduced landfill waste by 436 tons, or 35% compared to the baseline. Total waste, which includes compostable, recyclable, and landfill materials, was reduced 517 tons or 24%. This is an increase in the diversion rate by 20%.

Greenhouse Gases:

Participants saved over 2,865 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, which translates to roughly 73 airline flights of 500 miles: roughly 2/3 of a day worth of all flights leaving Pittsburgh International Airport on a typical day. Additionally, participants saved 2,700 pounds of PM 2.5 from entering the atmosphere.

 

GWC Participants Share Their Stories

 

Allegheny County

Five"At Allegheny County, the 2015 GWC has become a team event. Our workforce is engaged in ensuring that the county’s efforts to reduce energy and water usage and waste are sustainable and also expand beyond our walls. With active participation by our Green Team and Green Champions throughout the year, our employees have also embraced the efforts at the county and adopted many of the practices at home.  Together with the other GWC participants, we’ve been able to reduce costs, improve performance, and increase long-term environmental sustainability, making our region a better place for all."
-Kathy Hrabovsky, Sustainability Manager, Allegheny County

BNY Mellon

Five

"Not only does the GWC foster some healthy sustainability competition between companies, but it allows the representatives for the company such as Nancy and I to become even more engaged with the operations and activities of our own workplace, as well as find inspiration in the actions of other organizations."
-Alice Bell, Business & Environmental Sustainability Intern, BNY Mellon

 

 

 

 

  

 

Five Star Development

Five

"Seeking a zero waste office is good for everyone. Five Star was able to realize a major transformation in our office environment shortly after we began the GWC. Our air quality and trash/recycling load, the balance between artificial and day light, the plants we share and foods we eat, even the water we drink –were all improved by our participation and we even saved money! As a 20 year veteran of the tech Industry, Five Star knows impact and longevity come from improving year over year, so we are looking forward to next year’s challenge!"

-Lou Camerlengo, President and Cofounder, Five Star Development

 

 

GWC Participants Drive Innovation in Sustainability

Over the past year of competition, participants in the Green Workplace Challenge have identified and implemented measurable and impactful initiatives to increase the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of their operational practices.

A number of participating companies and organizations have shown especial creativity by suggesting “innovative actions” – actions that reflect the implementable, measurable and impactful activities that we seek to promote but were not captured within our Competition Guidebook when it was released on September 2014.

Find out more about the current (and growing) list of innovative actions for your inspiration. Take advantage of these additional opportunities to earn competition points by implementing these actions by the October 31 deadline!