evolveEA Adopts Architecture 2030 Challenge

October 8, 2012

evolve Among Pittsburgh’s Earliest Adopters
Architecture 2030 Challenge
In our continuing commitment to sustainability and triple-bottom-line thinking, evolveEA has adopted The 2030 Challenge, an initiative of Architecture 2030. evolveEA uses design, education and facilitation strategies to promote sustainability and address environmental concerns and The 2030 Challenge is another tool for us to help achieve our clients’ increasingly ambitious sustainability goals. evolveEA already has a track record with its contributions to projects and has had a major impact on the greater Pittsburgh region. Several high-profile sustainability consulting projects, including the Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes and the David Lawrence Convention Center’s operations study, which led to Platinum LEED Existing Building Operations & Maintenance certification, as well as ongoing relationships with Carnegie Mellon University, UPMC, Point Park University, Giant Eagle and regional architects, engineers and contractors have positioned the firm at the forefront of both the regional and national green building community.

Architecture 2030 is a non-profit, independent organization established in response to dramatic climate change by architect Edward Mazria in 2002. Its mission is to rapidly transform the U.S. building sector from the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to becoming a central part of the solution to the climate change, energy consumption, and associated economic crises. The 2030 Challenge is the organization’s premiere initiative, which asks the architecture and building industry to adopt aggressive incremental targets designed to slow the increase of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from buildings the year 2030.

Members of the evolveEA team are also leading the design and building community in other ways that will support The 2030 Challenge. Principal Marc Mondor, AIA, LEED Faculty was recently chosen to Chair the American Institute of Architects Pittsburgh’s Committee on the Environment, which is being resurrected for the first time since the 1990s in order to lead and support regional sustainability initiatives. And Principal Christine Mondor, AIA, LEED AP is Vice-President of the Green Building Alliance Board of Directors.

The 2030 Challenge has been adopted and supported by numerous professional organizations and design firms. evolveEA is the third Pittsburgh-based firm to adopt the Challenge. By putting forward designs that meet and exceed 2030 Challenge targets, these firms are providing clients with the best-performing buildings possible. Adopters are also able to take advantage of federal, state and local incentives for projects that achieve the 2030 Challenge targets, as well as lead the profession as national legislation is implemented that incorporates these targets into building codes.

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