Thursday, April 08, 2010

Work to do

I know folks are excited about Pittsburgh's green building momentum.  But an extract from Melissa Hinca-Ownby lead me to look at the Green Building Opportunity Index that is recently out.  She looks at one of the categories driving the ranking and there is this:
Green Culture – Downtown New York City

A city’s green economy, city innovation, planning & land use, and transit ridership data from SustainLane was used to rank cities in this category. (Pittsburgh, Pa., and Detroit, Mich., both received a score of zero in this category.)
A zero?   See page 5 of the actual report.  


Anonymous BrianTH said...

I don't know what happened with Detroit, but SustainLane doesn't rank Pittsburgh because it is ranking the top 50 cities by population, and the City of Pittsburgh is not one of those cities.

Suffice it to say, giving Pittsburgh a 0 as a consequence is not methodologically sound.

Thursday, April 08, 2010 10:38:00 AM  
Anonymous johnnyg said...

Thank you. I knew that our "transit ridership" couldn't be "zero"--or that it was lower than Dallas. Yet another reason for city-county merger.

Thursday, April 08, 2010 10:00:00 PM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

Indeed, and if you go here:

You can see a little conversation in the comments confirming why Pittsburgh wasn't ranked, and suggesting it would likely score fairly well on at least transit-related measures (which many of us knew would be true).

Friday, April 09, 2010 9:48:00 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

While I wholeheartedly support local green practices in Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh needs to differentiate between environmental "recovery" and sustainability. In the former, Pittsburgh is an absolute leader; for the latter, we have work to do. The sooner we candidly recognize where we stand, the sooner we can plan and move forward.

Saturday, April 10, 2010 8:44:00 AM  
Blogger JRoth said...

So why would anyone even publish such useless numbers? Just eyeballing the chart, Pittsburgh jumps 6 spots up when you exclude "green culture," but instead they go public saying that the city is next to last because they're missing 1/6 of the measuring data.

Incidentally, I understand that they're looking at CBDs, but Pittsburgh's split CBD (Downtown/Oakland) skews the outcome as well - given that Oakland has 0% vacancy rate in Class A office space, I suspect that would change the rankings a bit.

I also love that having one of the largest LEED-certified buildings in the world doesn't count for their calculation of "green adoption & implementation": nope, that doesn't indicate anything at all about "the potential to execute green development and/or redevelopment in the city".

Oh well.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 2:21:00 PM  
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