There’s something to be said for serendipity. On the heels of the recent launch of the “Pittsburgh:  Best of the World” campaign – and on the threshold of spring’s arrival – has named Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens as one of the world’s 10 best indoor gardens.

While we can’t discount the possibility that Fox News heard about our “best of the world” campaign, it’s a likely bet that historic Phipps was already on the radar as a green gem – not only because of which it contains, but also how it is constructed.  Bursting with the beauty of nature – everything from bonsais and orchids to a tremendous new “Tropical Forest India” exhibit – Pittsburgh’s Victorian-style glasshouse conservatory is a perpetually green retreat, even on a gray day, and – in the case of Fox News’ review of world-best indoor gardens – holds its own alongside Montreal’s Botanic Garden, the U.S. Botanic Garden in D.C and Berlin’s Botanischer Garten.

But Phipps has colored itself even greener by its embrace of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, including a Silver LEED-certified welcome center (the first LEED-certified center in a public garden in the U.S.) – underscoring that the conservatory is serious about sustainability and conservation in order to protect and preserve the planet.

In May, Phipps will take its green commitment to an even higher level when its new facility, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL), opens. The CSL will be one of the world’s first “living building,” exceeding the highest green building standards with net-zero energy and net-zero water technologies. In addition to being a testament to Phipps’ commitment to green, the CSL is a model – “all-things-green under one roof” – for how Pittsburgh is a global leader in innovation for green building technologies and products.

Yes, Pittsburgh – one of the most polluted places on the planet, once upon a time – is now a new “emerald city” and a must-see destination for lovers of green. If you haven’t been before – or haven’t been in some time – plan a visit. Pass on Paris. You’ll love Pittsburgh (and Phipps) in the springtime.