Sarah Grguras is a Geology and Environmental Sciences student Class of 2019. Sarah is an exemplary student leader at the University of Pittsburgh. Sarah has done extensive work with the Student Office of Sustainability, Free the Planet, Fossil Free Pitt Coalition, Student Government Board, the Department of Geology and Environmental Science, and the newly formed committee of Socially Responsible Investment. In the three years of her academic career, Sarah has worked to legitimize the efforts of the Fossil Free Pitt Coalition, gaining immense respect from administration and helping to facilitate the conversation of the university’s investment decisions. With this goal of divesting from the fossil fuel industry, it is clear that Sarah envisions a sustainable future for the university. Her work with Free the Planet and the Student Office of Sustainability helps to advocate for sustainable initiatives on campus and to educate her peers.
As assistant program coordinator under Erika Ninos, the PittServes Sustainability Coordinator, Sarah has helped to organize and implement several programs on campus. Just this year, she has led in the planning of a lecture by an air quality advocate and filmmaker, Mark Dixon and will host an event on gender and food this February; she has led in the planning of the Sustainability Fair, she has brought ideas back from the AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) conference in Texas; she has planned an Alternative Break with PittServes; she has been a leader in implementing Green Certification of events and has been a part of several committees for long-term programs such as RecycleMania and Sustainability Week. Sarah is not solely focused on the eco-side of sustainability; she is also conscious in social responsibility and social justice.
Sarah Grguras is a 2018 Pitt Sustainability Award Winner (Student).