2016-2017 Challenge Impacts
Every Action Makes a Difference
The fourth Challenge (then known as the Green Workplace Challenge) started June 1, 2016 and ended June 30, 2017. Throughout the 2016-2017 Green Workplace Challenge, 92 active organizations completed 2,009 actions. In total, participants earned more than 16,000 points in the competition. Winners were announced at the Challenge Finale and Awards Ceremony on September 14, 2017.
Participating organizations saved more than 16 million kWh of energy, enough to power every owner-occupied home in the 15219 zip code for one year. The 15219 zip code includes the City of Pittsburgh neighborhoods Polish Hill, Uptown, part of Downtown and Station Square.
From energy savings alone, participants saved more than $1.3 million. Factoring in social cost, the savings exceed $1.4 million. Social cost refers to 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.
2016-2017 Challenge participants saved more than 33 million gallons of water. That's enough to cover the playing surface of PNC Park with over 46 feet of water.
Commuter Emissions Avoided
Commuters avoided an estimated 552.6 metric tons of CO2 emissions by choosing sustainable commute options. Sustainable commutes include walking, biking, public transit, carpool or vanpool.