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 Higher Education certification through the Arbor Day Foundation
  • Create healthy urban tree canopies to help address environmental injustices and racial disparities by improving local air quality and reduce urban heat island effects found to disproportionately impact our BIPOC communities (1, 2,3, 4).

Committee Members

  • CO- CHAIR:  Samantha Chan (Ford), Sustainability Projects Coordinator, Pitt Office of Sustainability
  • CO- CHAIR: Dave Klimchock, Senior Construction Project Manager, Pitt Facilities Management
  • Dr. Dan Bain, Associate Professor, Pitt Geology & Environmental Science
  • Rachel Bowers, Planner, Facilities Management
  • Tiffany Betras, Graduate student, Pitt Biological Sciences
  • Matthew Erb, Director of Urban Forestry, Tree Pittsburgh
  • 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, Executive 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!