Phipps looking for docents for new Center for Sustainable Landscapes

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Phipps Seeks Volunteer Docents for New Center for Sustainable Landscapes 
Pittsburghers needed to lead dynamic tours through one of Earth’s greenest buildings.
Pittsburgh, Pa. — Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is seeking enthusiastic Pittsburghers with a strong interest in sustainability to join its volunteer team as Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) docents. Providing support as tour guides or station attendants at this new facility, these volunteers will use their passions, talents and expertise to raise awareness about one of Earth’s greenest buildings.
  Designed and built by Pittsburghers and Pennsylvanians, the CSL is a remarkable achievement for the region. In producing all of its own renewable energy, and treating and reusing all water captured on site, it will also serve as a model for innovators across the globe and is expected to be the first building in the world to meet or exceed the three highest green architecture and landscape standards: the Living Building Challenge SM, LEED® Platinum and Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) certification.
   While applicants will receive in-depth training to confidently talk about technologies and strategies at work in the CSL and its surrounding landscape, as well as Phipps’ other green facilities, operations, initiatives and evolving role as one of America’s greenest public gardens, ideal candidates will have:
  • Keen interest in sustainable buildings and landscapes
  • Understanding of sustainability/design/engineering principles (not required, but helpful)
  • Ability to work well with people of all ages and backgrounds, including high school and college students, professionals and members of the general public
  • Availability to attend docent training and commit to two tours or station shifts per month

   Applications for the docent program can be obtained at, or by contacting Laura Rundell at  or 412/622-6915, ext. 6958. Prior to placement, all applicants will be asked to participate in an interview, orientation and training at the cost of $40 ($15 of which is refunded after 50 hours or tours or shifts). Those wishing to be considered for a start date of April 4, 2013 should fill out an application by March 18. Applications received after this deadline will be still be considered for future orientation dates. 

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