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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

Three More Nights of Winter Lights
Jan. 30, 2015; 5 – 11 p.m.
Feb. 6 and 13, 2015; 5 – 10 p.m.
Take one more walk through the dazzling light displays in our Outdoor and Children’s Discovery Gardens while our indoor spaces transform for the Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show.
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.
Tropical Sundays
Sundays, Feb 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2015
Wear a tropical shirt and receive 50 percent off admission to relax under the palm trees, sway to music of Matthew Mazza and Carmen Bruno of the Tropical Sands Steel Band, and taste tropical fruit.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Next Meeting Feb. 5, 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!
Tropical Forest Congo
Opens Feb. 7, 2015
The beauty of the tropics flourishes as we unveil Tropical Forest Congo, a new exhibit featuring some of Africa’s lushest landscapes. See varieties of flora never before showcased at Phipps and discover how indigenous tribes use plants to sustain and enrich their lives.
Tropical Forest Congo Opening Festival
Feb. 7, 2015
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Be among the first to see our new Tropical Forest Congo exhibit as our guest at a special opening celebration. Family-friendly activities include a storytelling performance, African-inspired food sampling, cultural crafts and a pot-a-plant station — all free with Phipps admission.
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 Magnet 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.
Seed, Perennial and Seedling Swap: 2015 Garden Season Opener
Feb. 28, 2015
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main
Join Phipps and Grow Pittsburgh at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland to swap seeds and plants, learn tips and get ready for a great season of gardening. Bring seeds you saved from last year and take home an exciting selection to grow in your garden this year. Admission is free to the public.
Garden Railroad
Closes March 1, 2015
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.