Get into the green scene at Walnut Capital! Pittsburgh is the nations fifth “greenest” city in America and Walnut Capital is highly involved in the efforts. Our corporate mission is to develop practical methods that reduce our carbon footprint. All of our development strategies revolve around sustainable practices and being “green.”
We practice sensible green methods in the Walnut Capital offices as well as properties owned and managed by Walnut Capital. To promote ecological sustainability, we use alternatives to toxic chemicals, pursue green building and maintenance practices, and teach staff members to be stewards of our communities.
What We Do
We are always striving to create ways for people to work, shop, and live sustainable lifestyles. If you live closer to where you work, you can walk, bike or take public transportation – rather than driving your own car. WCM builds parking lots with less availability and incorporates extra costs to residents to encourage them to not own a car. Luckily, not owning a car doesn’t make your life inconvenient. Uber and Zipcar are available throughout the city and contribute to a more sustainable environment. In fact, if you have an electric car, Hot Metal Flats offers priority parking at their electric car charging stations in the garage.
We have also begun installing Nest Thermostats into Bakery Living and Walnut on Highland. Nest Thermostats are thermostats connected with an app that lets users remotely control the temperature of their living space anytime, anyplace. This household tech product is immediately focused on efficiency, safety, and ease of use. Not only are we excited about this cool amenity but it saves energy and lowers our resident’s electric bills.
To further our green initiatives, we have discontinued the use of paper cups at out Starbucks machines in Bakery Living and Walnut on Highland. Reusable travel tumblers and mugs will be available in the lobby for guests to use instead. Americans throw away 25 billion paper coffee cups every year. Walnut Capital is striving to reduce the amount of cups that end up in a landfill by providing reusable drink containers to residents.
We have capitalized on large outdoor spaces at Hot Metal Flats and Bakery Square 2.0 too by creating landscaping that is self-sustainable. Green streets and rain gardens capture storm-water on site and keep hydrated without the use of additional water.
LEED Certified Buildings
We are proud to say that Bakery Square is truly Pittsburgh’s most sustainable development. Bakery Square is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design‘s (LEED) Platinum certified, the highest possible. To receive LEED certification, building projects must satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification including sections regarding sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, material and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation. Hot Metal Flats recieved LEED silver standards as well.
In fact, when building Hot Metal Flats, waste was recycled and the building was constructed from sustainable materials that maximized use of high-recycled content and locally sourced products. To give tenants a way to contribute, Hot Metal Flats provides recycle and non-recycle trash chutes and has Energy Star appliances, efficient lighting, reduce management paper usage, and filtered, energy efficient HVAC systems that use 20% less energy.
How can you help?
Join forces with us and think green! There are many small ways for residents to get into the green scene including:
- TURN OFF COMPUTERS AT NIGHT – By turning off your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode, you can save 40 watt-hours per day.
- DON’T RINSE – Skip rinsing dishes before using your dishwasher and save up to 20 gallons of water each load.
- RECYCLE GLASS – Recycled glass reduces related air pollution by 20 percent and related water pollution by 50 percent. If it isn’t recycled it can take a million years to decompose.
- CHANGE YOUR LIGHT – If every household in the United State replaced one regular light bulb with the new compact fluorescent bulbs, the pollution reduction would be equivalent to removing one million cars from the road.
- BRUSH WITHOUT RUNNING WATER – You’ve heard this one before, but maybe you still do it. You’ll conserve up to five gallons per day if you stop running the water while you take the time to brush your teeth.
- USE ONE LESS PAPER NAPKIN – During an average year, an American uses approximately 2,200 napkins—around six each day. If everyone in the U.S. used one less napkin a day, more than a billion pounds of napkins could be saved from landfills each year.