2014-2015 Challenge Impacts
Every Action Makes a Difference
The third Challenge opened on October 1, 2014 and ended October 31, 2015. In total, 49 participating employers from across southwestern Pennsylvania completed 1,931 actions. Winners were announced at the Challenge Finale and Awards Ceremony on December 2, 2015.
Challengers reduced energy use by more than 18 million kWh, enough to power 1,541 average U.S. homes for one year. This would supply enough energy for all of the occupied homes in Polish Hill, Swisshelm Park and Upper St. Clair for a year.
Energy savings were worth an estimated $1.5 million. Factoring in the societal costs avoided due to carbon emissions, this number increases to $1.6 million. The social cost of carbon is a conservative estimate of the costs associated with climate change caused by one ton of carbon in a given year. Social cost can include damage from storms, increased pressure on infrastructure, reduced agricultural productivity and impacts on human health.
Air Pollutants Avoided
Energy reductions also resulted in a reduction of air pollutants. By reducing the amount of energy consumed, participants avoided emitting 2,865 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) and 2,700 pounds of particulate matter 2.5 microns in size or smaller (PM 2.5). PM 2.5 is known to cause respiratory and heart problems.
Challengers reduced landfill waste by 436 tons, or 35% compared to the baseline. This is enough to eliminate the annual waste production of 533 average Americans. Total waste, which includes compostable, recyclable and landfill materials, was reduced 517 tons, or 24%.
GWC Impact Infographic:
- Our Region's Business: "Pittsburgh Employers Participate in Green Workplace Challenge" Video
- Talking Pittsburgh Video
- Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Green Workplace Challenge Winners: How they did it
- Winners Announced in Green Workplace Challenge
- Comcast Newsmakers: “Green Workplace Challenge - 2" Video
- Comcast Newsmakers “Green Workplace Challenge - 1" Video
- Local Businesses & Organizations Honored For Their Environmentally-Friendly Efforts
- Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge Highest Scoring Organizations Recognized
- The Hydrant by Fireman Creative “Green Workplace Challenge”
- County, Departments, Employees Receiving Honors and Accolades
- Highmark is chosen as winner of the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge in the large business category
- GASP newsletter “Green Workplace Challenge: 1st Place!”
- GTECH wins the Green Workplace Challenge!”
- Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge Closes Its Third Competition as evolveEA Wins in Small Business Category
- PEC Celebrates Green Workplace Achievements
- A Real Challenge
- Pittsburgh vs. climate change
- Sustainable Pittsburgh's Green Workplace Challenge winners reduced landfill waste, cut water usage and more
- Co-op Recognized in Green Workplace Challenge
- The Mall at Robinson Wins Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge
- Sustainability at Highmark: 2015 at a Glance