Terri Baltimore, Jenna Cramer, Edith Abeyta, Aurora Sharrard, Majestic Lane, Candy Chang and John Pena at GBA's Inspire Speakers Series at Hill House. Courtesy GBA.

This month, experts from across the region’s political and cultural landscape will gather in the Hill District to share their best Pittsburgh stories, and hopefully start discussions about a just and sustainable future for our city.

On the evening of Jan. 31, the Green Building Alliance (GBA) will host the latest of their Inspire Speakers Series at the Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium in the Hill District. Following the format of the popular storytelling podcast The Moth, the evening will feature several different raconteurs telling personal stories based on the theme of “inspirational stories of a just and vibrant region.”

Storytellers for the January event include Bricolage Production Company Co-founder Tami Dixon, Executive Director of the Oakland Business Improvement District Georgia Petropoulos, local chef and caterer Ola Mandley, teacher Jordan Jones, sustainable business expert Sandra Taylor and Deputy Secretary for Administration at the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Mike Walsh.

The event will be hosted by author and educator Dr. Chuck Herring, who currently teaches in the South Fayette School District.

The GBA has been holding Inspire Speakers events regularly since 2012, always around the broad theme of sustainability, both in the ecological sense and in politics and the criminal justice system.

While the lineups often feature experts in design and environmentalism who lead more traditional lectures and presentations, the series emphasizes a wide range of viewpoints and styles at the events.

The event will kick off with an hour of cocktails and networking at 4:30 p.m., with stories beginning at 5:30.

Check out some memorable moments from previous events in the series below, and register for the event here.

Bill O'Toole was a full-time reporter for NEXTpittsburgh until October, 2019. He previously reported in Myanmar.