Green Voice Educational Programming Calendar

The Green Voice is proud to host a variety of free educational programming throughout the year, including educational lunch & learns, eco-friendly activities in the heart of the city, podcasts, webinars, and so much more!

The Green Voice Presents Green Force Job & Education Fair | October 2023 Join us at the Energy Innovation Center for the Green Voice Job & Education Fair, filled with work force development information and career opportunities. Stay tuned for more details.

Green Force Job & Education Fair

October 2023 | Energy Innovation Center

Gain workforce development knowledge and discover career opportunities at the Green Voice Job & Education Fair, proudly presented by the Green Voice.




Sustainable Business Breakfast

Friday, April 21, 2023 | Fairmont Hotel

Part of the Green Voice Speaker Series, the Sustainable Business Breakfast is an annual panel discussion and catered breakfast at the Fairmont Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh. Addressing topics like sustainable innovation, ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) and corporate responsibility, the Sustainable Business Breakfast challenges panelists and attendees to confront and discuss how to put their commitment to sustainable business practices into action. 

Previous panelists have included, Nicholas Bonarrigo, Carmeuse Americas, Rebecca L. Lucore, Covestro, Tishekia Williams, Duquesne Light Company, Leslie Hyde, Koppers, and Ben Johnson, Wesco International, among several others. The panel discussion is regularly moderated by S & B USA Director of Environmental Social Governance and Innovation, Grant Ervin.




Sustainable Business Breakfast photo collage

Energy Innovation Center's Powered Up Initiative

Saturday April 22, 2023 | The Hill District

Part of The Tailgate Tour, the Energy Innovation Center's Powered Up event features educational booths, family friendly-activities, and local celebrities spreading the message of clean energy innovation and the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Guests include the Pirate Parrot, The Pirate Pierogis, the Bucco Brigade, KiKi from WAMO 107.3, and Chef Claudy Pierre cooking up mouth-watering tailgate favorites like smoked brisket and barbeque chicken sliders.

During the free community event aimed at providing educational programming to underserved areas in Pittsburgh, guests get an insight into how we can all work together to build the future workforce to support the region’s clean energy transition. During the event and beyond, everyone is encouraged to take The Pittsburgh Green Pledge and join the Charge for a Greener Future. You’ve got the power - join the charge!  In partnership with the E.A.T. Initiative. 




Music, Arts, and Culture Festival

Saturday April 22, 2023 | Market Square

The Music, Art, and Culture Festival is a free annual community celebration filled with fun, educational, and inspirational activities and events for all ages. Market Square becomes a hub for music and eco-friendly activity booths. There is live music and local businesses sharing their sustainability stories. Educational programming is available on alternative transportation, clean energy, and green wellness.




Michael Glabicki and the Uprooted Band

Pittsburgh Pirates Salute to Sustainability

Saturday April 22, 2023 | PNC Park

Pittsburgh Earth Day teamed with the Pittsburgh Pirates during their game against the Cincinnati Reds to salute sustainability on Earth Day 2023. During the game, Kevin Walker, President and CEO of Duquesne Light Company, threw the First Pitch.




Building for Sustainability

Wednesday May 17, 2023 | Duquesne Club

“If you build it right, the right results will come.” Part of the Green Voice Speaker Series, Building for Sustainability, presented by Volpatt Construction and S&B USA is a panel discussion on sustainable best practices and education surrounding construction and the building sector. Grant Ervin, Director of Environment, Social, Governance, and Innovation at S&B USA moderates the conversation.

Past panelists have included Janice Held, Principal Project Manager at Carnegie Mellon University, Joshua D. Lee, PhD, AIA, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, Leslie Montgomery, Vice President of Communications & Education at the Green Building Alliance, F. Jeffrey Murray, Senior Vice President and Market Leader at CannonDesign, Richard Skorpenske, Head of Sustainability and Public Affairs for the U.S. at Covestro, and Michael Volpatt, Vice President of Marketing and Innovation at Volpatt Construction.




PNC Sustainable Lunch & Learn

Monday June 5, 2023 | James E. Rohr Auditorium, The Tower at PNC Plaza

In Celebration of World Environment Day, the PNC Lunch & Learn addresses questions surrounding the transition to a low-carbon economy and the financial impacts of reducing carbon footprints. Lunch is catered courtesy of The Capital Grille, and the event is moderated by S & B USA Director of Environmental Social Governance and Innovation, Grant Ervin.

Past panelists included have included Mona E. Dajani of Shearman & Sterling, Sharon Novak of S&B USA Construction, Anna J. Siefken, LEED AP BD+C of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Technology Transitions, and Kristi Ziegler Eberhardt of PNC.




Model from the Ecolution Fashion Show
Model from the Ecolution Fashion Show
Donovan Reed dancing

Ecolution Fashion Gala

Wednesday June 7, 2023 | Carnegie Museum

A one-of-a-kind sustainable eco-fashion gala and runway show featuring Pittsburgh's artistic community. Designers are challenged to create impact for the environment through Fashion, Art, Music, and Dance. The Ecolution Fashion Gala offers dance performances by world-renowned choreographers like Kyle Abraham and breathtaking fashion made from recycled materials. 

Curated by Richard Parsakian, styled by Izzazu Salon, Spa & Blowout Bar, and produced by The Green Voice Collective, the Ecolution Fashion Gala features handcrafted couture, music by DJ Soy Sos, drag queens, featured artists, and a special dance performance.




Future of Building Webinar Series

A Summer Long Series Presented by Volpatt Construction, The Green Voice, and AIA Pittsburgh 

The Future of Building Series Webinar sessions highlight the entrepreneurs, innovators, and technologies that are helping to reshape construction while also offering architects CEUs for participation.

July 12th @ 12PM ET — John Burton, CEO of UrsaLeo — Using 3D Digital Twin model from architectural design to BIM and beyond. (CEU = 1LU)

UrsaLeo’s Gemini solution offers a way to add metaverse features to any existing SaaS platform with a primary interface by including digital twins derived from CAD/LIDAR; Real Time IoT data integration to help with BIM modeling and decarbonization. John will discuss how digital twins are being used to help monitor and manage energy usage in the built environment. Register here: 

July 26th @ 12PM ET — Dr. Joshua Lee Creating a Circular Construction Economy in Pittsburgh: Current Research Projects and Challenges to Address (CEU = 1LU)

In this session, Dr. Lee will discuss the potential contributions of Preservation, Adaptive Reuse, Circular Economy, Deconstruction, Design for Disassembly, and Open Building to potentially close these material loops in ways that are environmentally preferable, socially just, and economically profitable. Register here: 

August 16th @ 12PM ET — Joe Monaco,  Advanced Architectural Products: Continuous Insulation Systems with Structural Composite Metal Hybrid Sub-Framing and How It Benefits Building Envelope Design (CEU = 1LU)

This course will introduce you to the latest standards, requirements, benefits, and approaches of continuous insulation systems and composite metal hybrid sub-framing. Joe will review how CI systems with CMH sub-framing can benefit the performance and resiliency of building envelope construction while contributing to the health, safety, and welfare of project participants. Register here:


"The Dirt"

Green Voice Podcast

Hosted by Grant Ervin, S & B USA Director of Environmental Social Governance and Innovation, The Dirt podcast interviews industry leaders in sustainability, innovation, and ESG in Pittsburgh and beyond, offering a free educational resource on sustainable best practices at home, in the office, or on-the-go. Explore all of our podcasts below.

The Dirt with Ben Johnson, Counsel, Corporate and Commercial Responsibilities at Wesco International| July 2023

Ben Johnson, Wesco International, Counsel, Corporate and Commercial Responsibilities joins host Grant Ervin to discuss corporate responsibility.

The Dirt with Lora Phillips, Senior Vice President and Director of ESG at PNC Bank | June 2023

Lora Phillips, Senior Vice President and Director of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) at PNC Bank talks about PNC's commitment to sustainability and corporate responsibility.

The Dirt with Michael Woods, Regional Sales Manager at Mitsubishi Electric | May 2023

Host Grant Ervin talks with Michael Woods, Regional Sales Manager of Mitsubishi Electric Trane Heating and Air Conditioning, about moving away from a fossil fuel-based HVAC to an electric-powered heat pump.

The Dirt with Dr. Tracy Vitale, Superintendent at Seneca Valley School District | April, 2023

Host Grant Ervin from S&B takes a look at what's new in the Seneca Valley School District with guest, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tracy Vitale. Dr. Vitale details the thought process and planning behind the design, construction and eventual usage of the new Ehrman Crest Elementary School.

The Dirt with Katharine Kelleman, Chief Executive Officer at Pittsburgh Regional Transit | February 2023

Katharine Kelleman, CEO of Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT), returns to speak with The Dirt host Grant Ervin from S&B USA about the transition to an electric bus fleet onboard one of the aforementioned vehicles.

The Dirt with Christine Waller, VP of Communications & Corporate Responsibility at Duquesne Light Company | November 2022

S&B USA's Grant Ervin speaks with Christine Waller, VP of Communications & Corporate Responsibility for Duquesne Light Company. Christine talks about rising to the challenge of supplying more energy from renewable sources while also meeting additional demand to accommodate EV owners' charging needs.

The Dirt with Don Evans, President & CEO of the Energy Innovation Center | September 2022

S&B USA's Grant Ervin speaks with Don Evans, President & CEO of Pittsburgh's Energy Innovation Center. Don talks about the evolution of the center from the standpoint of retrofitting old buildings instead of building new to the impact they and their tenant partners hope to have on the future of the world's energy.




Green Voice Newsletter

As the official voice of Pittsburgh Earth Day, The Green Voice is a blog and monthly newsletter offering stories of green innovation, advice on how to live more sustainably, and information on events and festivals happening in your community (virtual and in-person). 




Green Voice Speaker Series

Bringing together the brightest leaders in sustainable innovation for thought-provoking conversations in Pittsburgh and beyond, the Green Voice Speaker Series is an engaging platform for year-round panel discussions.

Our series offers a unique blend of in-person and virtual events, including lunch and learns and evening roundtables. Previous sessions have witnessed esteemed guests from prestigious institutions such as the U.S. Department of Energy, Duquesne Light Company, Wesco, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Each session commences with an inspiring introduction from an industry leader, followed by a dynamic group discussion skillfully facilitated by S&B USA's Director of ESG, Grant Ervin. What sets our series apart is the interactive question-and-answer session, fostering a vibrant exchange between the speakers and the audience.

Not only does this series provide an excellent networking opportunity, but it also serves as a catalyst for career development for professionals at all stages of their journey. Join us in shaping a sustainable future through knowledge sharing and collaboration at the Green Voice Speaker Series.

Upcoming topics include:

  • Why Electrify at Home? Presented by Dollar Bank

  • Electric Transportation on the Road, Presented by Dollar Bank

  • Pillars of Sustainable Construction, Presented by PJ Dick and Cordia

  • Innovation and AI In Sustainability, Presented by PJ Dick and Cordia



Recycling Round-Up

Coming Fall 2023