Campus Tree Advisory Committee


In an effort to further the goals of the Pitt Sustainability Plan, the University of Pittsburgh has created a diverse and interdisciplinary Campus Tree Advisory Committee to help maintain the beauty of the campus landscape, while protecting the environment and fostering conservation efforts within the community.

A subcommittee of the Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Sustainability, the University of Pittsburgh’s Campus Tree Advisory Committee’s goals are to:

  • Coordinate efforts across the university to reach the institutional goal of increasing the tree canopy on campus 50% by 2030
  • Develop a Campus Tree Care Plan to establish planting & maintenance practices that are conducive to healthy tree populations
  • Lead the University’s application for Tree Campus USA certification through the Arbor Day Foundation

Committee Members

  • CHAIR: Dave Klimchock, Senior Construction Project Manager, Pitt Facilities Management
  • Dr. Dan Bain, Associate Professor, Pitt Geology & Environmental Science
  • Brandon Brewster, Undergraduate Student, Pitt Environmental Science ‘22
  • Tiffany Betras, Graduate student, Pitt Biological Sciences
  • Matthew Erb, Director of Urban Forestry, Tree Pittsburgh
  • Samantha Ford, Sustainability Projects Coordinator, Pitt Office of Sustainability
  • Dr. Sara Kuebbing, Professor, Pitt Biological Sciences
  • Mary Beth McGrewAssociate Vice Chancellor Planning, Design, and Real Estate, Pitt Facilities Management
  • Andy Moran, Senior Manager of Grounds, Pitt Facilities Management
  • Erika Ninos, Sustainability Coordinator, Office of PittServes
  • Georgia Petropoulos, Executive Director, Oakland Business Improvement District
  • Dr. Aurora Sharrard, Director of Sustainability, Pitt Office of Sustainability
  • James Williams III, Director for Local Government Relations, Pitt Community & Governmental Relations

Want to help support campus-wide tree awareness efforts on a daily basis?  Considering using the free iNaturalist app in your own backyard to document and identify the unique biodiversity there! Then, share your findings on social media with #PittSustainability to show your support for the University and the Tree Advisory Committee’s commitment to sustainability!