Erika Ninos serves as the Sustainability Coordinator for the Division of Students Affairs (Office of PittServes). In her role she is charged with advocating and advising Pitt’s Student Office of Sustainability (SOOS), the student staff and Council for the SOOS, administrative oversight of the University of the Thriftsburgh (Pitt’s campus thrift store) , the Pitt Bike Cave (the University bike co-op), and the Green Fund Allocations Board. In addition she manages a number of student facing sustainability initiatives including green certified events, sustainability focused alternative break and Welcome Week activities, and the on and off campus Clutter for a Cause programs. Erika was the inaugural coordinator of the Pitt Pantry, the university’s on-campus food pantry and the founder of the annual Collegiate Basic Needs Dialogue, a regional gathering of community and university stakeholders.
Erika’s primary area of focus within the Pitt Sustainability Plan is the Community and Culture theme. She strongly believes that student inspiration and enthusiasm are the backbone of the University’s growth in sustainability culture and ethic. She strives to elevate and highlight the student perspective in sustainability conversations. Erika serves as the co-chair for the Student Affairs Sustainability Committee and as a member of Pitt Basic Needs Committee. She serves on the steering committee for the Pitt Sustainability Plan and as a member of the Chancellor’s Sustainability Council. Erika also sits on the City of Pittsburgh’s Clean Pittsburgh Commission.
Erika has been a member of the Pittsburgh higher education and non-profit community for over 17 years, working in sustainability and community programming at Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Pennsylvania Resources Council and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. She holds a Master of Science in Sustainable Systems from Slippery Rock University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh. In many ways, Erika’s work at Pitt is an extension of her hobbies, which include thrifting, Yoga with Adriene, trying to figure out which native plants will grow best in her tiny yard, and kayaking on Pennsylvania’s many rivers, lakes and streams. Her favorite place for retreat and recharge are the mountains of Appalachia.
Student Affairs (PittServes)