PPG Donates Paint and Glass to Pittsburgh Conservatory, Host of G-20 Summit
September 17, 2009
PITTSBURGH – PPG Industries has donated 23 gallons of Pittsburgh Paints Pure Performance and Manor Hall exterior paints and 12,400 square feet of Starphire ultra-clear glass to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens to help the site prepare for the upcoming G-20 Summit. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will welcome the G-20 leaders and their spouses to Pittsburgh at Phipps on Thursday, Sept. 24. Afterward, President Obama and the G-20 leaders will remain at the conservatory for a working dinner.
The Starphire ultra-clear glass was used to replace several panes in the Phipps’ Tropical Forest, while the donated paint was used for touch-ups throughout the facility.
“Phipps Conservatory is one of the world’s greenest gardens due, in part, to some of the paint and glass from PPG, which comprise our structure,” said Richard V. Piacentini, the conservatory’s Executive Director. “We’re very pleased to have such a strong relationship with PPG, and we’re grateful for the help as we prepare to host the G-20 leaders.”
Phipps Conservatory’s Special Events Center also includes glass manufactured by PPG. The complex, which adjoins the award-winning Tropical Forest, is enclosed with Solarban 70XL solar control, low-emissivity glass. This glass transmits 64 percent of the sun’s natural light while blocking 73 percent of its solar energy, making it 29 percent more energy efficient than competitors’ products. As a result, the glass saves energy, cuts costs and reduces the cooling capacity and equipment requirements for buildings.
Pittsburgh Paints' Pure Performance paint is an environmentally conscious paint line with zero VOCs. The paints feature minimal odor during application and drying as well as mildew resistance on the paint film. Pure Performance paint is the first paint to receive Green Seal Class A Certification.