Dr. Aurora Sharrard is the Executive Director of Green Building Alliance (GBA), a nonprofit organization that advances innovation in the built environment by empowering people to create environmentally, economically, and socially vibrant places. Founded in 1993, GBA is one of the oldest regional green building organizations in the United States, proudly serving Pittsburgh and the 26 counties of Western Pennsylvania, with stakeholders across the Mid-Atlantic, United States, and world. As GBA’s Executive Director, Dr. Aurora Sharrard leads the organization in achieving its mission while setting strategy & future visions. Aurora drives organizational innovation while advancing GBA’s strategic plan, programs, staff, and stakeholder relationships. With a staff of 15 and an annual budget around $2 million, GBA does dynamic, evidence-based, and collaborative work related to sustainable buildings and communities throughout Western Pennsylvania. A nationally recognized green building expert, Dr. Sharrard has served GBA since 2007 under several titles, always providing innovative solutions, strategic thinking, and real world application. Key current projects include the planning and adoption of transformative funding and financing approaches; Pittsburgh Green Story; and advising the Pittsburgh Living Product Hub. In 2012, Aurora notably co-founded the Pittsburgh 2030 District, wherein buildings in Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland aspire towards measured high performance of 50% reductions in energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions by the year 2030, cementing Pittsburgh as a national leader in healthy and high performing places. She also continues to provide strategic and technical support to innumerable regional green building projects, most notably Hazelwood Green, the City of Pittsburgh, Uptown EcoInnovation District, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, and Phipps Conservatory. Dr. Sharrard created and implemented several past GBA programs, including the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative (PCI), DASH, and Product Innovation Grants. Still an active PCI Partner, Aurora continues to advise development of the third versions of Pittsburgh’s greenhouse gas inventory and climate action plan. From 2008 through 2011, Dr. Sharrard convened PCI and the Higher Education Climate Consortium while leading completion of two Pittsburgh Climate Action Plans and one citywide greenhouse gas inventory. From 2007 through 2012, Aurora spearheaded the GBA-led national conversation to build DASH: Database for Analyzing Sustainable and High Performance Buildings. This evidence-based web tool worked to provide building industry professionals with building performance information that enables better decision-making about building design, construction, operations, and maintenance across the triple bottom line. With GBA’s Product Innovation Grant program, Aurora led award of $1.2 million to 24 recipients working to commercialize innovative green building products across Pennsylvania. Dr. Sharrard serves on the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services’ Board of Directors, the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership’s Advisory Team, Carnegie Mellon University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department’s Alumni Advisory Council, and University of Pittsburgh’s Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation’s Advisory Board. She regularly evaluates projects, products, and strategic approaches for funders and competitions, while still finding time to peer review papers for academic journals; Aurora also has multiple academic and nonacademic publications of her own. Dr. Aurora Sharrard holds a Master’s and PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering with an emphasis in Green Design from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Tulane University. She has previously been recognized with Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Award, a Pittsburgh Business Times Women in Energy Award and BusinessWomen First Award, the 40 Under 40 Pennsylvania Environmental Leaders Award, as a finalist for the Greater Pittsburgh Athena Young Professional Award, and with the Recent Alumnus Award from Carnegie Mellon University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Dr. Sharrard is an alumna of Leadership Pittsburgh and a LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C). Aurora lives in Pittsburgh with her husband Jesse and sons, Angstrom and Faraday. She loves breakfast, enjoys costumes, and looks forward to someday completing renovations on her 113-year-old house.