2018 COAA Fall Owners Leadership Conference | Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines | La Jolla, CA | November 14-16, 2018
Richard Piacentini, Phipps Conservatory
Getting the Green Building You Want (Approved for 1 LU|HSW)
Richard V. Piacentini is the executive director of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, one of America’s oldest and largest conservatories. Since 1994 he has guided the Pittsburgh organization from public to private management and is responsible for the green transformation of its facilities and operations, including: the opening of the first LEED® certified visitor’s center in a public garden; the first LEED certified greenhouses (LEED Platinum EBOM); construction of the Tropical Forest Conservatory, the most energy-efficient conservatory in the world; and the Center for Sustainable Landscapes, a net-zero energy and water building and the only building to meet the Living Building Challenge, LEED Platinum, 4 Stars Sustainable SITES™, and Platinum WELL® Building certifications.
The sustainability efforts Piacentini initiated at Phipps are based on recognizing the vital connections between people, plants, health and the planet. This systems-based way of thinking influences all of the organization’s actions and programs, particularly those focused on awakening children to nature, and promoting human and environmental well-being.
Piacentini is past board chair for the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and also serves on the board for the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh and on the Mission and Community Needs Committee for Magee-Womens Hospital. He is a Past President, Treasurer and Green Buildings and Landscapes Committee founding chair of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), and has received ILFI, USGBC, and APGA leadership awards.
Piacentini holds a Master of Science degree in Botany from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Business Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island. He is a registered Pharmacist in Washington, D.C.