Tours and evening events give participants the opportunity to see sustainability projects on local campuses, visit sustainability-related attractions in the community and learn more about the city with other conference attendees. Tours and evening events are not included in the conference registration price and are offered for a separate fee. You can register online or onsite by 5 p.m. the day before the tour or evening event.

All tours leave from the East Entrance of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Pre-Conference Tours & Events

Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper Quad Facility: a New Vision of Education
Sponsored by: Carnegie Mellon University
Monday, October 1, 2018 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: $45 pp

“This is not just a new building … this is a new vision of education.” David A. Tepper, CMU 1982. Carnegie Mellon’s new Tepper Quad project, opening in August 2018, is a 315,000 square foot state of the art facility that houses an expanded Tepper School of Business, a University Welcome Center, the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, the Technology-Enhanced Learning Center, a 600 seat auditorium, a café and coffee bar, and a fitness center. Slated to achieve LEED Gold, the building itself underscores David Tepper’s innovative vision with several sustainable features including: a concrete structural system integrating 220,000 hollow recycled-plastic balls to reduce the structure’s weight and material intensity without reducing its strength; a fully vegetated roof, an expected 30%+ reduction in building energy use; and rainwater capture and treatment for a more than 50% reduction in potable water use. CMU invites you to see this new archetype for business education and practice, designed to interconnect teaching, learning and innovation.


Maximizing Human and Ecological Health in the Built Environment: Tour, Workshop, and Reception
Sponsored by: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Monday, October 1, 2018 | 12:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Cost: $85 pp

We spend over 90% of our lives in buildings that have a typical lifespan of over 100 years. Taken together, these factors reveal the enormity of the impact that buildings can have on human and ecological health. Despite this, conventional design and construction standards assign a low bar for efficiency, efficacy and our expectations. The time has come to take an institutional long-term view of or our capital projects, one which recognizes the opportunity to maximize human and ecological health and that first costs are not the most important costs. Phipps Conservatory’s Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) in Pittsburgh, PA, will serve as a case study for using building rating systems and biophilic design to maximize organizational values, efficiency, and human and ecological health. The CSL is one of “the greenest buildings in the world,” achieving five building certifications at the highest level: 1) Living Building Challenge (LBC), 2) U.S. Green Building Council LEED Platinum, 3) Net-Zero Energy, 4) Four Star Sustainable SITES certification, and 5) WELL Building Platinum certification. These rating systems all provide guidance for designing efficient, sustainable buildings that prioritize human and ecological health, benefiting the spaces in which humans live, work, play and learn. Additionally, the CSL demonstrates how the innate human connection to nature (biophilia) can be harnessed to improve our mental and physical health and encourage pro-environmental behaviors. We will start with a session on biophilic design followed by a tour of the CSL and a Petal-certified net-zero energy modular classroom. We will then engage in an interactive workshop on five building rating systems and how to align institutional values and project goals with these rating systems. We will make the case for how rating systems, and making connections to nature, can help us achieve the highest level of sustainability in a cost-effective manner while enriching human health and protecting and restoring the environment. Following the workshop, we will host a reception for participants in our historic conservatory.


Mid-Conference Tours & Events

Eden Hall Campus: A Showcase for Sustainable Solutions
Sponsored by: Chatham University
Thursday, October 4 | 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: $50 pp

Chatham University’s Eden Hall campus is a new 388-acre site dedicated to sustainable living and the modeling of sustainable approaches to: energy, water and soil, food and agriculture, air quality and climate, and the interaction of natural and built systems. Home to Chatham’s Falk School of Sustainability & Environment, students and faculty work on research and practice initiatives that utilize the campus (and beyond) as a hands-on lab to complement their classroom learning. Tour the buildings and systems, learn about the educational offerings from the Falk School of Sustainability, and enjoy a delicious farm-to-table dinner.


Post-Conference Tours & Events

Sustainability Tour of Pitt’s Urban Campus
Sponsored by: University of Pittsburgh
Friday, October 5 | 8:30 am – 12:00 noon
Cost: $55 pp including transportation and lunch

This tour will bus participants from the Convention Center to Pitt’s beautiful Campus in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Participants will be treated to a tour of sustainability highlights including the following:

  • Cathedral of Learning rain garden
  • Trip to the top of the Cathedral of Learning on our energy efficient destination dispatch elevators
  • The Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (LEED Gold), including the new Office of Sustainability and views of several green roofs
  • The Student Office of Sustainability
  • The Pitt Bike Cave (student-run bicycle co-op)
  • Marlie Garden and Plant2Plate Garden
  • The University of Thriftsburgh (student-run thrift store)

The tour will wrap up with a Real Food/plant-forward meal in the O’Hara Student Center. We may add some additional highlights if time permits. Walking will be required. Please wear comfortable footwear.