Sarah Hart is an undergraduate Environmental Studies student at the University of Pittsburgh. She has quietly built a strong resume of accomplishments on the Pitt campus and in the Pittsburgh community. She was one of the core students who started the group Bee Friendly Pitt in Ward Allebach’s Sustainability class in Spring 2019, through which she helped to build and place solitary bee boxes in seven pollinator gardens around campus. Importantly, her work inspired the creation by Facilities Management of its Pollinator Habitat Advisory Committee, of which she is a member working to fulfill Bee Campus USA certification requirements. This work has led to great publicity for the university’s sustainability efforts, including media coverage of Sarah’s work in the Post Gazette, the University Times, and Pitt News.
Sarah has been a passionate leader on campus and in the community to raise awareness of Climate Change, working with the Divestment movement on campus and the Climate Strike events at City Hall. She helped to organize and participate in the Fossil Free Pitt sit-ins the Cathedral of Learning in Spring 2020. Also, she was one of the lead organizers for the Youth Climate Strike downtown in September 2019, which gathered hundreds of people, and has continued to organize and participate in weekly “strikes” on the steps of City Hall ever since.
Sarah is a very quiet person by nature; being in the public eye is not something that she actively seeks. Rather, she is channeling her passion for sustainability by facilitating others and inspiring hundreds of other students to action, which I think is very worth of this award.
Sarah is a 2020 Pitt Sustainability Award Winner (Student)