Pitt CSB: Marshall Plan for Middle America Roadmap

Released in November 2020, the Marshall Plan for Middle America envisions a strategy for tackling the concurrent challenges of climate change, social and environmental injustice, and the economic crisis.

The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Sustainable Business (Pitt CSB) has been leading a the effort to create a “Marshall Plan for Middle America” (MP4MA) that aims to build a regional, multisector coalition of stakeholders to drive investment in infrastructure and energy diversification that will catalyze more equitable economic recovery while laying a foundation for the Ohio Valley to be a global leader in cleaner energy resources and circular economy practices.

This cross-sector research envisions a strategy for tackling the concurrent challenges of climate change, social and environmental injustice, and the economic crisis.

The MP4MA Roadmap lays out a strategy for regional cooperation that brings together five essential components:

(1) Reliable research and evidence to help chart the path forward;
(2) Governing institutions with identifiable infrastructure needs and community ties;
(3) Companies to invest in long-term market development and support the transition to more sustainable business practices;
(4) Capital to finance development; and,
(5) Community oversight, transparency, and accountability.

Read the Marshall Plan for Middle America or watch the report’s press conference.

The MP4MA is delivered with the support of key project partners, including the City of Pittsburgh and Mayor William Peduto, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network led by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, and Steel Valley Authority and the Heartland Capital Strategies Network.

This project is supported with fiscal and scientific support from the Enel Foundation.