Meet the Office of Sustainability

The Office of Sustainability is formalizing decades of sustainability initiatives at Pitt through strategic planning, collaboration, and analysis of the Pitt Sustainability Plan, collaborating with students, faculty, and staff across the university.

The University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Sustainability was established in July 2018 to centralize campus-wide sustainability activities, strategies, and partnerships.  Led by Director of Sustainability, Dr. Aurora Sharrard, the Office of Sustainability leads University-wide sustainability strategy, activities, policies, collaborations, & partnerships to advance the Pitt Sustainability Plan, which includes 61 measurable goals across stewardship, exploration, community, and culture.

The University’s commitment to sustainable action is clear, with over 75 supporting staff members leading the charge across the campus and community.  The Office of Sustainability ensures milestone progress and accomplishments are shared across the Pitt community through two principal staff members and sustainability unit leads, staff, and collaborators embedded in 5 operational divisions and 3 academic centers (Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, Center for Sustainable Business, and Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory). Along with contributing staff, students, and partners across the University, sustainability-affiliated faculty members collaborate through the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation.

The Office of Sustainability’s campus-wide efforts are also supported by over 20 paid student sustainability interns hosted in a wide variety of departments and business units; summer sustainability undergraduate research projects; and the 28+ student groups affiliated with the Student Office of Sustainability, who help infuse sustainability into the Pitt’s culture, values, and decision-making.

Pitt’s multilevel, interdisciplinary sustainability efforts on and off campus include the Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Sustainability Committee, which currently has 4 subcommittees: Active Mobility Committee, Campus Tree Advisory Committee, Carbon Commitment Committee, and the Pollinator Habitat Advisory Committee. Other contributing committees from across the University include:

Pitt is working to be a leader and innovator in sustainability, with a dedicated team in place to champion equitable, environmental, and economically balanced change, benefiting both people and the planet.

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Aurora Sharrard
Director of Sustainability,
Office of Sustainability
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Jennifer Barnes
Supplier Diversity &
Sustainability Coordinator,

Purchasing Services
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Ellie Cadden
Sustainability Engagement Assistant,
Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
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Samantha Ford
Sustainability Projects Coordinator,
Office of Sustainability
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Nick Goodfellow
Sustainability Coordinator,
Business & Auxiliaries
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Megan Guy
Outreach Coordinator
Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory
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Gena Kovalcik
Codirector, Administration & External Relations
Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
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Leslie Marshall  
Associate Director,
Center for Sustainable Business,
Katz Graduate School of Business
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Alyssa Martinec
Sustainability Coordinator,
Center for Sustainable Business,
Katz Graduate School of Business
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Erika Ninos
Sustainability Coordinator,
Office of PittServes
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Lisia De Lima Spellman
Sustainability Manager,
Pitt Dining by Compass
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Ciara Stehley
Sustainability Program Assistant,
Office of PittServes
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Have a question or want to learn more about the Office of Sustainability? Read more here or contact us at sustainability@pitt.edu.