Photo by Emmanuel Fine Art Photography
Phipps Conservatory has long been considered one of the shiniest gems in the Pittsburgh region. I have to agree. On episode 10 of the Pittsburgh Beautiful Podcast, I sit down with Richard Piacentini, the CEO of Phipps, and discuss how Phipps Conservatory has woven itself into the fabric of Pittsburgh over the last 125 years, and it’s decision to not only embrace the idea of an interconnected natural and human world, but to lead the way in Green Innovation. The following is from Phipps’ website:
For the past 125 years, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has excelled in showcasing beauty. Today, this history of excellence serves as a platform to demonstrate that people, plants, health, planet and beauty are inextricably interconnected, and that sustainable action – from the construction of the world’s greenest building to the planting of a raised-bed vegetable garden in a backyard – is the key to ensuring that these critical interconnections are harmonious, mutually beneficial, healthy and preserved for future generations.
Over the last few years, Phipps has been the leading innovator of Green Building, with the opening of the Center For Sustainable Landscapes in 2012 and to date still the only building in the world to meet the Living Building Challenge – making it most likely the greenest building in the world. What does that mean? Listen to the podcast to find out!