Inspire Speakers Series
Second Thursday of every month, November 2013 – May 2014, except where noted
Next Event May 15, 2014
5 – 8 p.m.
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.*
- Garden Railroad
- Candlelight Evenings
- Nov. 28, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015*
Extended Hours: Open until 11 p.m.
- Santa Visits
- Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 21, 2014
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
BETA Art Tours
- First and third Saturdays, December 2014
Next Tour Dec. 20, 2014
11 a.m. – noon
- New Year's Eve Family Celebration
- Dec. 31, 2014
6 – 9 p.m.
- Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show
- Jan. 17 – March 1, 2015
- Biophilia: Pittsburgh
- Next Meeting February 2015
6 p.m., with networking and refreshments at 5:30 p.m.
- Party in the Tropics
- Select Fridays
Next Party Feb. 13, 2015
7 – 11 p.m.
- Hothouse Happy Hours
- Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
6 – 8 p.m.
- Tropical Forest India
- Now Open
- Romero the Corpse Flower
Turns Over a New Leaf