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March 31, 2014

Upcoming Lecture TODAY: Climate Policy as Wealth Creation

by Melissa Harding

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March 31, 2014
4:30 pm
University Club, Ballroom B
123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

How well do you understand the science of climate change? Recent research shows that most people have a minimal understanding of the ins and outs of this important issue. In an effort to bring about awareness and increase scientific literacy on this topic, The University of Pittsburgh’s University Honors College (UHC) has initiated a series of lectures to educate students, faculty and staff, as well as others in the Pittsburgh community. To bring this series to a wider community audience, they are partnering with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and the National Aviary.

We need to drive investment in renewables and energy efficiency through economic signals, including carbon pricing as well as conventional environmental regulations. If and when we price emissions, via a carbon tax or a cap-and-permit system, a crucial economic and political question is: Who will get the money? Join us for the next Climate Change Lecture by energy economist James K. Boyce from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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A panel discussion will follow the lecture featuring:
Erica Cochran, Carnegie Mellon University
Paul Ohodnicki, National Energy Technology Laboratory
Stephen Rose, Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center
Moderated by Christina Gabriel, University Energy Partnership

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Click HERE to reserve your spot at the lecture today.
We hope to see you there!

 

March 27, 2014

Inspire Speaker Series, April 10: Spreading the Message of Sustainability Through Silence and Action

by Melissa Harding

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Presented by Green Building Alliance and Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, the second year of this lecture circuit will continue to plant the seeds of inspiration throughout our community.  

Planetwalker: Spreading a Message of Sustainability Through Silence and Action

In this edition of the Inspire Speakers Series, audience members will feel fortunate to have the opportunity to hear ONE WORD from Dr. John Francis, not to mention an entire lecture!  That’s because he once went 17 years without speaking.  That’s right – 17 years!  When John was 26-years-old, he witnessed an oil tanker collision on San Francisco Bay.  He felt so disturbed (and partially responsible for his use of oil), that he decided to give up motorized vehicles – a decision which spurred so many arguments with friends and family members that he decided to stop talking.  This was the beginning of a 17-year journey that led him to be known as the Planetwalker.  During the nearly two decades that followed, John received a Master’s degree, a PhD, and founded the Planetwalk Foundation (a nonprofit environmental awareness organization) – all while spreading a silent message of sustainable living.

Ending his silence in 1990, Dr. Francis has spent his subsequent years carrying that same message across the country.  Trust us – you’ll be glad that John decided to start talking again – and that you have the chance to listen!

More About John Francis

  • Author of Planetwalker: 22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence.
  • Author of The Ragged Edge of Silence: Finding Peace in a Noisy World
  • Read an article about John here
  • See John’s TED Talk here

Come grab dinner and enjoy an opportunity for networking in Phipps Cafe starting at 5:00 p.m.  Inspire Speakers presentations will follow at 6:00 p.m.  Register here to join the speakers for dinner after their talks.

Check out the rest of this year’s Inspire Speakers presenters here!  GBA Members save $51 by purchasing the entire series!

March 5, 2014

Check Out Our Upcoming Summer Camps!

by Melissa Harding

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Winter is almost over and it’s time to sign up for summer camps!
Our new rack card is hot off the presses and we wanted to share our upcoming programs with you.
Click on the image to enlarge it.

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The above photo was taken by Cory Doman.

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February 4, 2014

Upcoming Seasonal Programming: Evening Ed-Ventures, Little Sprouts and More!

by Melissa Harding

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Winter is almost over and we are gearing up for our spring programs! Our new rack card is hot off the presses and we wanted to share our upcoming programs with you.
Click on the image to enlarge it!

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The above photo was taken by Cory Doman.

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February 3, 2014

Join Us for an Early Childhood Workshop Just for Museum and Library Educators!

by Melissa Harding

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Shady Lane School and Phipps Conservatory present a creative exploration through art, music, movement, literature, and science. Thursday, February 13 at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

Education Through Play:  Effective Methods for Early Childhood Learning in Museum and Library Settings”

Morning Session                9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

We will define ways in which physical space and materials can influence and maximize children’s potential to acquire knowledge.  Participants will have an opportunity to interact and develop process-oriented experiences that best meet their interests.  Through hands-on activity, we will demonstrate understanding of when and how children are able to achieve individual learning goals.

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practice for mixed-age groups
  • Becoming an “Emergent Educator”
  • Small Group Discussion – Webbing (Process)
  • “Build It and Take It With You”

Lunch                                      11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

  • Networking As We Dine (Cost not included in registration; more details to come)

Afternoon Session             1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

We will define ways to positively partner with and engage families in our activities.  Through careful listening and open-ended questioning we will further provide developmentally and culturally appropriate communication.

“Paint, Dance, Laugh, and Create”, will provide additional materials and experiences that can be replicated in a multitude of settings, and end the day with some FUN!

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Engaging Parents
  • Open Ended Questions – What are they?  Where do they belong?  Who should use them?  Why?
  • “Paint, Dance, Laugh, and Create”

Wrap-Up/Next Steps

The group will facilitate direction for on-going interaction and support among participants and other educators who work with young children.

Registration

Participants can register for the full day for $50, or for either morning or afternoon sessions individually for $35. Click here to register by February 7th! For additional information, contact Polly Lipkind at Shady Lane (plipkind@shadylane.org).

The above photo was taken by Christie Lawry.

January 15, 2014

Join Us for an Early Childhood Workshop Just for Museum and Library Educators!

by Melissa Harding

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Shady Lane School and Phipps Conservatory present a creative exploration through art, music, movement, literature, and science. Thursday, February 13 at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

Education Through Play:  Effective Methods for Early Childhood Learning in Museum and Library Settings”

Morning Session                9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

We will define ways in which physical space and materials can influence and maximize children’s potential to acquire knowledge.  Participants will have an opportunity to interact and develop process-oriented experiences that best meet their interests.  Through hands-on activity, we will demonstrate understanding of when and how children are able to achieve individual learning goals.

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practice for mixed-age groups
  • Becoming an “Emergent Educator”
  • Small Group Discussion – Webbing (Process)
  • “Build It and Take It With You”

Lunch                                      11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

  • Networking As We Dine (Cost not included in registration; more details to come)

Afternoon Session             1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

We will define ways to positively partner with and engage families in our activities.  Through careful listening and open-ended questioning we will further provide developmentally and culturally appropriate communication.

“Paint, Dance, Laugh, and Create”, will provide additional materials and experiences that can be replicated in a multitude of settings, and end the day with some FUN!

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Engaging Parents
  • Open Ended Questions – What are they?  Where do they belong?  Who should use them?  Why?
  • “Paint, Dance, Laugh, and Create”

Wrap-Up/Next Steps

The group will facilitate direction for on-going interaction and support among participants and other educators who work with young children.

Registration

Participants can register for the full day for $50, or for either morning or afternoon sessions individually for $35. Click here to register by February 7th! For additional information, contact Polly Lipkind at Shady Lane (plipkind@shadylane.org).

The above photo was taken by Christie Lawry.

December 5, 2013

December Inspire Speaker Series Welcomes Jim Hartzfield and Bill Strickland!

by Melissa Harding

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Presented by Green Building Alliance and Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, the second year of this lecture circuit will continue to plant the seeds of inspiration throughout our community.  

The Power of People Uncovering the Human Potential in Achieving True Sustainability “Some people are so wrapped up in the what, that they forget about the why.”  At December’s Inspire Speakers Series lecture, Jim Hartzfeld will help audience members identify their big WHY.  Why do we care about sustainability?  Why do green spaces matter?  Why are human equity, environment, and economy connected?

A pioneer in developing cultures of sustainability, Jim spent nearly 20 years working at Interface with the legendary Ray Anderson.  During his time with Interface and since then, he has developed proactive strategies for companies, schools, and communities to integrate cultures of sustainability into their practices.  Finding his place at the intersection of head and heart, technology and purpose, Jim has championed sustainable enterprise as the right and smart thing to do.

Taking a humanistic approach to sustainability, Jim has come to learn that no matter how green a building or company is, it’s the people who truly sustain its sustainability.

How does this topic relate to Western Pennsylvania?  December’s Inspire Speakers Series will feature the following local speaker who will share details about how the topic is being addressed here.

Local Speaker: Bill Strickland In a very special edition of the Inspire Speakers Series, our main speaker will be joined by a local speaker who is a national icon in his own right: Pittsburgh native Bill Strickland.  Bill is president & CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) and Bidwell Training Center (BTC).  The corporation, which is being replicated throughout the country, has become a national example of culture, education, and hope.

While Bill is a sought-after speaker across the nation, he rarely makes local appearances – so this is a special and much-anticipated chance for community members to hear him speak about how they can make their community – and his – healthier and more equitable. (For a better sense of Bill, watch his TED Talk, “Rebuilding a Neighborhood with Beauty, Dignity, Hope”.)

Come grab dinner and enjoy an opportunity for networking in Phipps Cafe starting at 5:00 p.m.  Inspire Speakers presentations will follow at 6:00 p.m.  Register here to join the speakers for dinner after their talks.

Check out the rest of this year’s Inspire Speakers presenters here!  GBA Members save $51 by purchasing the entire series!

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