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The Green Life: Pittsburgh Shows Its Green Side for G-20

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August 31, 2009

Pittsburgh Shows Its Green Side for G-20

Pittsburgh is going green This September 24, the G-20 economic summit is coming to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Why Pittsburgh? The midsize city, known for its historic ties to the steel industry and a little problem with soot pollution, has recently remade itself as a hub for green jobs. The White House said that Pittsburgh was chosen to host the G-20 for its "commitment to employing new and green technology to further economic recovery and development," reported the Wall Street Journal.

Pittsburghgreenstory.org describes the steel city's metamorphosis: "Pittsburgh, once declared 'hell with the lid taken off,' has undergone one of the most dramatic environmental transformations in American history and is now one of the greenest cities in the nation."

Visitors will see this transformation in some of Pittsburgh's greenest buildings. The G-20 will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, which opened in 2003 and is the first and largest convention center to score gold LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Delegates will also attend a welcome reception at the Phipps Conservatory, a historic structure that was recently updated and now boasts the first LEED-certified visitor center in a public garden, green rooftops, a passive cooling system, and symbiotic heating systems.

--Della Watson


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