The Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge (GWC) is a friendly competition for businesses, nonprofits, universities, K-12 schools, and municipalities in southwestern Pennsylvania to track and measure improvements in energy, water, waste, transportation and other sustainability activities. Participation gives employers access to tools, information, and guidance to help reduce costs, improve performance, and increase long-term sustainability.
The GWC involves using a Playbook that lists green and sustainable actions participants can take to earn points, verification, and recognition. Each sector competes within its own category; there is no cost to sign up.
Every action adds up to big impact. Since the first competition in 2011, more than 200 competitors saved nearly $9 million in energy. Be part of the growing cohort of employers that are driving Pittsburgh’s reputation for environmental transformation and sustainability. Find out more about the competition and see what's new for the 2016-2017 competition.
If you missed the sign-up deadline for the year-long GWC, you can still participate as an "Observer" in the program. As an Observer, your organization can still submit actions and earn points. Your organization can also achieve ribbons in each of the seven action categories. However, you will not be entered to compete against other organizations. To sign up as an Observer, simply complete the form below. We will take care of the rest.
NOTE: K-12 Schools may still sign up to participate as full competitors in the K-12 category. See below for more information.
This year, Sustainable Pittsburgh has created a special adaptation of the Green Workplace Challenge just for K-12 schools. The GWC for K-12 Schools is a brief 21-week challenge that empowers teachers, principals and students to participate in the Green Workplace Challenge. Choose from more than 150 actions to develop your individualized “game plan”. Review the K-12 Master Playbook for complete details.
Actions are sorted into seven different categories:
You can focus your strategy on one category, or choose a few actions from each. Sign up by November 11, 2016 using the form below. Be sure to choose "K-12 School" as your organization type. There is no cost to participate.
Sign-up Deadline: November 11, 2016
Competition End Date: February 28, 2016
To sign up for the Green Workplace Challenge, create an account using the form below.
You will receive a confirmation e-mail including your user information within 24 hours. Shortly afterward, you will receive an account activation e-mail to confirm that your account has been activated. Once your account has been activated, you will be able to submit actions on your organization's behalf. If you cannot find your confirmation and activation e-mails, check your junk mail folder. If you still haven't received a confirmation e-mail after 24 hours, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT: If you intend to enter the K-12 Schools program, please be sure to choose "K-12 School" when selecting your organization type. Otherwise, your organization will be entered into the "Observer" category.