Pittsburgh Living Product Hub

Pittsburgh Living Product Hub

In April 2017, the International Living Future Institute announced a new initiative in Pittsburgh, a city reinventing itself as a center for innovation, green manufacturing and job creation. Through financial support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and in collaboration with Green Building Alliance, ILFI launched the Pittsburgh Living Product Hub to accelerate this transformation.

The HUB will work with local manufacturers to lead the industry as models of ingredient transparency, material health and net-positive handprints. Through the Living Product Challenge and the Declare label, the HUB provides hands-on assistance to companies committed to creating transparent, healthy and sustainable products. The HUB also partners with local universities, nonprofits and other institutions to conduct pioneering research and outreach efforts that advances our mission.

Hub Partners

The HUB is assembling a cohort of local organizations that make products and/or are headquartered in the greater Pittsburgh region to support the region’s growth of green manufacturing and regenerative product design as HUB partners. As a partner, organizations commit to learn about and advocate for ingredient transparency, material health, and net positive lifecycle impacts. In exchange for their participation, partners receive:

  1. Invitations to ongoing HUB education and training sessions
  2. Exclusive networking opportunities
  3. Recognition in all HUB communications

Email lpc.support@living-future.org to get involved.

Upcoming Events

Check out ILFI’s education calendar for upcoming HUB events.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Specialized HUB sponsorships provide organizations with increased visibility, professional training and technical resources to advance their sustainability goals. Custom packages are available to meet the organization’s highest priorities. HUB sponsorships provide a range of benefits, including recognition and passes to the Living Product Expo.

Thank you to our sponsors

Green Building Alliance

ILFI has developed a strong relationship with GBA, the leading force behind the region’s early adoption and continued advancements in green building and community design. The HUB is co-located at GBA’s Pittsburgh office and provides additional support to GBA’s existing programming. Through this collaboration, ILFI and GBA can further advance their missions and accelerate sustainable development in the region.

Advisory Council

The HUB Advisory Council, comprised of Pittsburgh sustainability leaders drawn from business, academia, city government, nonprofits and leading foundations, is tasked with providing strategic advice, connections and support to ensure the Hub and its initiative’s success in the region.

Pittsburgh Hub Advisory Council

Name Organization Position
Matt Barron The Heinz Endowments Program Officer, Sustainability
Melissa Bilec University of Pittsburgh Professor
Paul Bush Vitro Architectural Glass Director, Technical Services
Terrence Collins Carnegie Mellon University Professor
Grant Ervin City of Pittsburgh Chief Resilience Office/ Sustainability Manager
Jay Douglass ARM Institute Chief Operating Officer
Ian Hughes Covestro Senior Advocacy Representative
Adam Kenney Bridgeway Capital Director of Craft Business Accelerator
Jeffrey McDaniel Innovation Works Executive in Residence
Petra Mitchell Catalyst Connection President and CEO
Christine Mondor evolveEA Principal
Don Morrison Blue Tree Allied Angels Chairman and Executive Director
Connie Palucka Catalyst Connection Managing Director, Regional Initiatives
Sharon Papke Covestro Head CAS NAFTA Advocacy
Richard V. Piacentini Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Executive Director
Audrey Russo Pittsburgh Technology Council President and CEO
Joe Scarnati Pennsylvania State Senate Pennsylvania's 25th District
Noah Shaltes PJ Dick Construction Project Manager
Aurora Sharrard Green Building Alliance Executive Director
Robert Sroufe Duquesne University Professor, Supply Chain Management