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.
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:
- Invitations to ongoing HUB education and training sessions
- Exclusive networking opportunities
- Recognition in all HUB communications
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
Check out ILFI’s education calendar for upcoming HUB events.
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.
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.
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
|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|
|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|