Inspire Speakers Series
Second Thursday of every month, November 2013 – May 2014, except where noted
Next Event Dec. 12, 2013
5:30 – 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 mayoral nominee)
Other Featured Exhibits & Events
- Winter Light Garden
and Flower Show
- Nov. 29, 2013 – Jan. 12, 2014;
Winter Light Garden open evenings 5 – 11 p.m.*
- Garden Railroad
- Now Open
- Candlelight Evenings
- Nov. 29, 2013 – Jan. 12, 2014
Extended Hours: Open until 11 p.m.*
- Santa Visits
- Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 30 – Dec. 22, 2013, plus Nov. 29 and Dec. 2
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Brunch in Bloom
- Sundays, Dec. 29, 2013 – Jan. 12, 2014
Seatings available at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
- Biophilia: Pittsburgh
- First Thursday of Each Month
Next Meeting Dec. 5, 2013
- Gifts and Greens Market
- Dec. 5 – 7, 2013
Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Special Vendors On-Site Until 3 p.m. Daily
- Party in the Tropics
- Select Fridays
Next Party Dec. 6, 2013
7 – 11 p.m.
- Members-Only Shopping Hours and Discount
- Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013
7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
- Tropical Forest India
- Now Open