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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

Winter Light Garden
and Flower Show
Nov. 28, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015;
Winter Light Garden open evenings 5 – 11 p.m.*
Take a walk in our Winter Wonderland as we bring to life one of the most beloved carols of all time. With glowing evergreens, festive poinsettias, illuminated glass and our stunning outdoor Winter Light Garden, Phipps will sparkle and shine like never before this holiday season.
*Weather permitting
Garden Railroad
A unique twist on the traditional Garden Railroad, this year's display takes you back in time to the California Gold Rush — complete with water features, interactive buttons for children to push, and miniature living plants.
Candlelight Evenings
Nov. 28, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015*
Extended Hours: Open until 11 p.m.
Winter Flower Show is even more enchanting at night – a time when glowing candles light your way and live music fills the air. 
*Note: Phipps will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 and reopen at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 26.
Santa Visits
Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 21, 2014
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bring the kids, or the entire family, to pose for a photo with Santa: It’s a perfect way to get into the spirit of the season and share a special memory with your holiday mailing list! Santa Visits are free with Phipps admission.
BETA Art Tours
First and third Saturdays, December 2014
Next Tour Dec. 20, 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
Family Fun Days
Dec. 26 – 30, 2014
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Featuring a variety of engaging educational activities, all free with the price of admission, these special days at the Conservatory are filled with adventure and fun.
New Year's Eve Family Celebration
Dec. 31, 2014
6 – 9 p.m.
At this family-friendly event, featuring a variety of activities for children, we will welcome 2015 with an early countdown at 8:45 p.m. so that everyone can join in the fun.
Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show
Jan. 17 – March 1, 2015
Chase away the winter blues with the spectacular sight of orchid specimens arranged in beds and baskets, and see unique selections from our permanent collection of tropical bonsai.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Next Meeting February 2015
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 Feb. 13, 2015
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.
Hothouse Happy Hours
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
6 – 8 p.m.
Join us on Feb. 19 as we partner with the Pittsburgh Urban Magnetic Project (PUMP) to kick off Hothouse Happy Hours, a series of events for young professionals, featuring specialty cocktails, beer and wine, inspired bites and dynamic special guests.
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!
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.