Pittsburgh is a town built, to a large degree, on historical philanthropy when considering public assets around arts and culture. Many are the museums here – from the Heinz History Center and the Children’s Museum to the National Aviary and the Carnegie Museums, and more. When out-of-town guests come a-visiting or just for your own rainy day getaway, Pittsburgh museums are sure to please. The underwriting of these and other arts and culture assets by well-to-do Pittsburghers has proven to be good investments of their “green.” But today – as these facilities embrace the latest sustainable operations and practices to lessen their impact on the environment and reduce energy consumption – their value is multifaceted. And often, the innovation, parts and materials that are making such sustainability achievable are homegrown – coming out of the Pittsburgh region’s universities, entrepreneurial startups and companies firmly established in the sustainability space within the region’s broader energy sector.
Pittsburgh’s green museums and similar places of interest are highlighted in Part II of a series on these structures – old and very new – in Green News Update. Part I is available here. For a deeper dive on a dozen nifty green practices underway at our region’s museums, check out this sidebar.
If you already know Pittsburgh as the new “Emerald City” you’ll be even more impressed. If not, and you hail from elsewhere, you might find yourself green with envy to discover that Pittsburgh is where all this – and more – is happening.
Author’s Note: Green News Update Editor Bobbie Faul-Zeitler writes from personal experience with Pittsburgh’s green assets. She participated in a May 2012 “green Pittsburgh” media study tour organized by the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance and VisitPittsburgh, in cooperation with a number of the region’s green champions.