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Join Phipps and Green Building Alliance for a series of captivating presentations on the future of green building.

Green Building Alliance (GBA) and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are collaborating to host a second year of all-star local and national guest speakers working to help others create healthier and more environmentally friendly places to live, work, learn and play. Presentations will be held monthly at Phipps’ Center for Sustainable Landscapes, one of the world's greenest buildings. Registration with GBA is required for all talks. You may register for the entire series or choose individual events from the links below.

2013 – 2014  Series Calendar:

The Art of Environmental Health: One Artist’s Attempt to Bridge the Gap Between Art, Science, and Community Action
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013

National Guest: Natalie Jeremijenko (faculty, NYU Steinhardt)
Local Guest: Bobby Vagt (president, The Heinz Endowments)

The Power of People: Uncovering the Human Potential in Achieving True Sustainability
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

National Guest: Jim Hartzfeld (former managing director, InterfaceRAISE; former chair, USGBC)
Local Guest: Bill Strickland (president and CEO, Manchester Bidwell Corporation)

Place-Based Education: Making School More Like a Farmers Market
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014
National Guest: David Sobel (faculty, Antioch University)
Local Guest: Jane Werner (executive director, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh)

Urban Acupuncture: Redefining Community Vitality
Thursday, March 13, 2014

National Guest: Bob Berkebile (principal, BNIM Architects)

Planetwalker: Spreading a Message of Sustainability Through Silence and Action
Thursday, April 10, 2014

National Guest: Dr. John Francis (author, Planetwalker: 22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence.)

Sustainability: An American Grand Strategy for the 21st Century
Thursday, May 15, 2014

National Guest: Mark Mykleby (senior fellow, New America Foundation)
Local Guest: Bill Peduto (City of Pittsburgh mayor)

Other Featured Exhibits & Events

Summer Flower Show
May 10 – Oct. 5, 2014
The whimsical miniature world of Garden Railroad takes center stage at Phipps this summer. With themed railroad displays in multiple exhibit rooms enhanced by unique plantings, interactive features and more, this show will bring the wonder of childhood to visitors of all ages.
Romero the Corpse Flower
Turns Over a New Leaf
Last year, he wowed thousands with his inimitable odor, and this year, he’s back with an amazing new look. After 10 dormant months, Romero has produced an enormous leaf to collect energy for his next big bloom. Visit the Tropical Forest Conservatory to see his transformation firsthand.
Farmers at Phipps
Wednesdays, June – October 2014
2:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Refresh your food shopping experience! Visit our sustainably managed front lawn to browse organic and Certified Naturally Grown fruits, vegetables and more from local farms.
BETA Art Tours
First and third Saturdays, July – October 2014
11 a.m. – noon
Discover the BETA Project, a new collection of art at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes designed to enhance and restore the bonds between people and the natural world. Tours are free for members; however, space is limited and reservations are required by the Thursday prior to each tour date. To reserve, please contact us at 412/622-6915, ext. 6505 or
Tropical Forest India Festival
Sept. 21, 2014
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Join us in the Tropical Forest Conservatory for our final Tropical Forest India festival as we celebrate plants, food and culture through fun activities, live music, food tastings and more. The festival is free with Phipps admission.
Members-Only: Peek Behind the Petals
Sept. 27, 2014
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Take a fascinating look at the global adventures of our Botany in Action Fellows at this edition of our members-only Peek Behind the Petals series. This event is free for members; however, space is limited and reservations are required by Sept. 20. To reserve, please contact us at 412/622-6915, ext. 6505 or
Botany in Action: Meet the Scientists
Sept. 27, 2014
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Our Botany in Action fellows will be stationed throughout the Tropical Forest India exhibit to display their research tools, answer your questions and offer intriguing details about the work of field scientists.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Next Meeting Oct. 2, 2014
6 p.m., with networking and refreshments at 5:30 p.m.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh is the pilot chapter for a Biophilia Network of creative minds meeting monthly to discuss strengthening the bond between people and the natural world through education, discussion and action. Meetings are free to attend; advance RSVP is required. Join the conversation!
Party in the Tropics
Select Fridays
Next Party Oct. 3, 2014
7 – 11 p.m.
Ages 21+
Gather your friends and get ready to dine, drink and dance the night away at Phipps! Make our paradise your own as you indulge in sweet and savory morsels, taste unique cocktails, and dance to the beats of a live DJ in our Tropical Forest Conservatory. Entry is free with Conservatory admission.
Native Plant and Sustainability Conference
Nov. 1, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh
Phipps’ annual Native Plant and Sustainability Conference brings together national experts for a one-day forum on plants, landscapes and our roles as environmental stewards. This year’s program pairs an entomologist with a landscape designer to help illuminate how a well-designed landscape can be a place of beauty while fulfilling several important ecological functions.
Garden Railroad
Now Open
A unique twist on the traditional Garden Railroad, this year's display takes you to Phipps Prehistoric Park — a whimsical world where dinosaurs are brought back to life! Full of surprises, detailed models, moving parts and trains, this can't-miss exhibit is a thrilling adventure for all ages.
Tropical Forest India
Now Open
Explore our new exhibit showcasing one of the most botanically rich regions of the world. Highlights include an Ayurvedic healing garden, spice and tea market displays, a stunning temple facade on Special Events Hall, and more!