RICHARD V. PIACENTINI
President & CEO, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Richard Piacentini is the President and CEO of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. 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 greenhouse (LEED® Platinum EBOM); the Tropical Forest Conservatory, one of the most energy-efficient conservatories 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.
Richard Piacentini, CEO and President of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, discusses the unique history and important future of botanical gardens in this insight from our documentary, The Garden of Secrets.