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Pittsburgh's Winners in the Battle to save energy, costs

Bayer, Eaton, Evolve come out on top in battle to save energy, costs

By Erich Schwartzel / The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Low-flush plumbing systems. Plants that don't need extensive watering. A cutback on portable desk heaters.

These were just some of the tools used by regional businesses named winners in the Green Workplace Challenge on Thursday. The competition, put on by Sustainable Pittsburgh with funding support from the Heinz Endowments, pitted businesses of all types and sizes -- from petrochemicals to prisons -- against one another to see which could out-sustain the others.

Computers were unplugged and toilets retrofitted over the past year, but it all came together in a morning ceremony at Phipps Conservatory in Oakland, with locally sourced food for all participants and locally sourced trophies for the victors.

Winners were acknowledged in three size categories and in the "observer" category, which combined several companies that did not participate in the official competition.

The winner in the large category was Bayer Corp., the German-based company with operations in Robinson. Eaton Corp., which is headquartered in Cleveland but has its electrical sector in Moon, won in the medium-sized category. Evolve: Environment Architecture, a sustainability firm in East Liberty, took the small-business honors.

Allegheny County, with buildings that include the jail and county office building, scored highest among the 13 observer participants.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/news/bayer-eaton-evolve-come-out-on-top-in-battle-to-save-energy-costs-658185/#ixzz29kKGYstf

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