The Green Building Alliance (GBA) was created in 1993 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a goal of advocating for the use of environmentally friendly building methods.  The organization has since led the city of Pittsburgh to be among the top green building cities in the United States.  Today, the seven person nonprofit organization announced that an additional $240,000 in Product Innovation Grants has been awarded.

"Despite a down economy, the green building market represents a significant economic opportunity for Pennsylvania," said Jeaneen Zappa, director of green business development at GBA. "With the eighth-largest number of LEED(R) certified buildings in the U.S., Pittsburgh continues to be a green building thought and practice leader. For the past two years, our Product Innovation Grant projects have included collaborations between private sector companies and university teams all over Pennsylvania." Source:  PR Newswire

Grants recipients are Bedford Reinforced Plastics renewable plastic composites, Thar Technologies’ energy efficient air conditioning system, a web project by Carnegie Mellon University, a silt water treatment project by GTECH Strategies and a bio-sensing comfort controller product designed at Carnegie Mellon University.

The Green Building Alliance has been responsible, at least in part, for the 21 LEED certified buildings in Pittsburgh and the 72 LEED certified buildings in Pennsylvania (second only to California).  The organization is now accepting RFPs for the final round of the Product Innovation Grants.  The deadline is April 3, 2009 and information is available on the GBA website.

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