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
- Spring Flower Show
- March 22 – April 20, 2014
- Garden Railroad
- Now Open
- Natives on the Rooftop
- April 4 – June 8, 2014
Tuesdays – Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park
- Used Bulb Sale
- Saturdays, April 5, 19 and 26, 2014
10 a.m. – noon
- Biophilia: Pittsburgh
- Next Meeting April 17, 2014
- Bowties & Butterflies
- Thursday, April 24, 2014
6:30 – 10 p.m.
- Butterfly Forest
- April 26 – Sept. 1, 2014
- Party in the Tropics
- Select Fridays
Next Party May 2, 2014
7 – 11 p.m.
- 30th Annual Great Plant Auction
- May 2, 2014
- May Market and National Public Gardens Day
- May 9 and 10, 2014
Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Summer Flower Show
- May 10 – Oct. 5, 2014
- Discovery Garden Day
- May 25, 2013
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- From the Ground Up: Community Feast
- May 31, 2014
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
- Farmers at Phipps
- Wednesdays, June – October 2014
2:30 – 6:30 p.m.
- Tropical Forest India
- Now Open