GWC 4.0 Kickoff Celebration

GWC 4.0 Kickoff Celebration

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The GWC 4.0 Kickoff Celebration was held on Thursday, June 16 from 8:30 am - 11:00 am at the August Wilson Center / African American Cultural Heritage Center, 980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Learn more about this exciting event, and GWC 4.0 by reviewing the resources below.

GWC 4.0 Kickoff Celebration Press Release


The Green Workplace Challenge is back again for another year of exciting competition!

Beginning with its first launch in September of 2011, the field of GWC leaders completed over 5800 measurable actions, saved enough energy to power 9700 average U.S. homes for a year (112,000,000 kWh of energy savings) at a value of over $8.9 million. Additionally, enough water was saved to fill Heinz Field with over 93 feet of water (Over 67 million gallons saved). In terms of reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, participants saved over 25,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, which translates to roughly 651 airline flights of 500 miles: 4.3 days’ worth of all flights leaving Pittsburgh International Airport on a given day.  Check out the full details in the GWC infographics.

Let's build off of this impressive record by doing even more in this fourth round of the competition!

New this year (click here for full details):

  • Revised Master Playbook with new actions
  • Earn ribbons and recognition for your completed actions using the new category playbooks
  • Compete on a neighborhood team
  • Equity actions
  • Compete on a team with other tenants in your building
  • Actions that reward tenant-landlord cooperation
  • More opportunities for innovative actions
  • Weekly sprint challenges

Last time 100 businesses, nonprofits, municipalities, and universities from southwestern Pennsylvania signed up for this yearlong competition to track and measure improvements in energy, water, waste, and transportation. 


8:30 Welcome to the 2016 – 2017 Pittsburgh GWC

  • Sustainable Pittsburgh

8:45 GWC Keynote Speaker

  • County Executive Rich Fitzgerald

9:05 A Word from our Presenting Sponsor

  • Larry Godleski, Vice President - Regional Markets, Constellation Energy

9:15 Short Stories from the GWC Winners Circle

  • Phyllis Barber, Sustainability Director, Highmark
  • Abby Lawler-Morycz, Sustainability Specialist, Allegheny County
  • Mario Leone, Borough Manager, Monaca Borough
  • Kristen Matthews, Administrative Assistant, GTECH Strategies

10:00 What’s New for the GWC 2016 – 2017

  • Ribbons and Playbooks
  • Social Equity
  • Opportunities for Tenants
  • Expanded Air Quality actions
  • Neighborhood Competition
  • Streamlined Master Playbook

10:15 Who’s Up for the Challenge?

  • Patricia DeMarco, Member of Council, Forest Hills Borough
  • Paul Fireman, President, Fireman Creative
  • Aftyn Giles, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Pittsburgh
  • Maureen Olinzock, Sustainability Coordinator, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • Jeaneen Zappa, Executive Director, Conservation Consultants, Inc.