Pittsburgh P4 Performance Measures: a sustainability tool for investors to evaluate real estate development

Pittsburgh, PA

Role: Project Manager and Technical Expert

Pittsburgh’s p4 Initiative is based on a central unifying framework: People, Planet, Place and Performance that was launched in 2015, as a collaborative initiative between the Heinz Endowments and the City of Pittsburgh’s Mayor William Peduto. The p4 Performance Measures project is one of several projects launched to advance the p4 vision for Pittsburgh. The Performance Measures project was funded by the Heinz Endowments and undertaken at the request of Mayor Peduto, to develop a set of sustainability measures that would inform the City’s support of real estate projects in the City.

ReMAKE served as the project manager to design and implement a process for the development of the Measures that included engagement of over 120 stakeholders including the facilitation of a 19-member advisory group. Community stakeholders, technical experts and the advisory group identified 12 priority areas that each Measure is based on and from which metrics were developed. Following launch of the Measures in 2016, ReMAKE continued as project manager to support pilot implementation within the City’s development arm, the URA. Three years later, ReMAKE conducted an assessment of the pilot to inform future use and evolution of the Measures. As a result of the evaluation, revisions and updates were recommended and the project was transitioned to the Green Building Alliance for ongoing management and updates of the Measures.

Please refer to the P4 website for more project information. Click here for a video of Rebecca’s introduction of the Performance session 2016 p4 Conference.

rebecca flora urban planner


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