Consulting Project Roundup

For one of our consul5093c59d3de5cf6200b26d196012c714_400x400ting projects, one of our teams tackled the blight of eyesores in Pittsburgh. In cooperation with Phipps Conservatory, this team identified potential locations for urban green space that are currently underutilized. This city has a great opportunity to improve its health, economic, and attractiveness by incorporating more green space into it’s city limits. With multiple areas of Pittsburgh undertaking great strides in their development, this is the perfect time for this project. The members of this team “utilized design thinking” to complete their project plans, while also “beginning to understand the complex environment in which a community project of this size lives,” and “how to overcome the barriers” associated with this type of project. The team wants to send a special thanks to Phipps Conservatory for this fantastic opportunity.

eatn-park-hospitality-groupWithout giving away too much information, one of our MBA Sustainability consulting teams was working with Eat’ N Park Hospitality Group as they expand their restaurant empire and onsite catering business. This team worked on the cutting edge of sustainability initiatives within the restaurant industry and had an amazing time doing it.

One of our Mgba-logoBA Sustainability consulting teams just completed working with the Green Building Alliance to research and develop better financing options for “Green and Commercial Renovations.” They explored successful and emerging trends in sustainable renovations for older buildings, and how to keep the “first cost” down when these renovations occur. This team has described their experience as “challenging but rewarding,” and enjoyed the opportunity to work with the GBA.

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Sustainable Design Centers Consulting Projects this Semester

duq-main-logo2.gifDesigning an urban oasis in cooperation with Phipps Conservatory, developing an innovative restaurant concept in conjunction with Eat’N Park, and identifying best practices in financing sustainable building construction and renovation with the Green Building Alliance are the three consulting projects our cohort is working on this semester!

Each of these endeavors comes with a unique set of challenges, and our cohort is eager to utilize the many frameworks, theories, and ideas that we have learned throughout our time in the MBA Sustainability program in real-world applications. We believe that these three ventures are ideal for implementing sustainable principles throughout the city of Pittsburgh.

We are thankful and excited for the opportunity to work with real world companies, and make a positive change in multiple industries!

Learning Outside the Classroom at Phipps Conservatory

In preparation for our LEED design project in Dr. Sroufe’s Sustainability Tools and Processes for New Initiatives class, we have a series of learning opportunities that go beyond the typical classroom lecture.  Last week’s presentations focused on the LEED certification process to gather a base understanding for our final deliverable.  This week we had the opportunity to hear from a program alumni, Jason Wirick, at Phipps Conservatory.  The learning opportunity included a presentation and site visit to Phipp’s Living Building. Jason gave us insight regarding the “Living Building Challenge”, a green building certification program that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to diminish the gap between current limits and ideal solutions.

To learn about the process that went in to create Phipp’s Living Building, watch the video below.