In Tuesday’s (7/21) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , Andrew Druckenbrod writes that, after moving into “the George Westinghouse Air Brake factory in the Strip District for its new headquarters, the Pittsburgh Opera today will announce plans to ‘green’ its new home enough that it be considered for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Operations and Maintenance Certification. While several new buildings in Pittsburgh have achieved this status from the United States Building Council, far fewer existing structures have made the cut. … Pittsburgh Opera will install anything from occupancy sensors that regulate electricity in rooms, to low-flow water fixtures to be the first opera company in America to try to achieve the certification. The company moved into the Strip District building in April 2008 and has raised $7.7 million of an $8 million capital campaign for its purchase and maintenance.”

Posted July 21, 2009