Pitt Designated Green Offices & Labs
Congratulations to our official Pitt Green Offices! If you don’t see your office on the list below, register here!
- Disability Resources and Services
- Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation + Office of Sustainability
- Career Center
- Global Studies Center
- New Student Programs
- Parking, Transportation, & Services
- Residence Life
- Student Organization Resource Center
- Center for Creativity
- Community and Governmental Relations
- GSA Office (HPA)
- Industrial Engineering
- Maintenance Operations
- Office of the Chancellor
- Office of CFO, Financial Information Systems
- Office of CFO, Purchasing Services
- Senior Vice Chancellor for Business and Operations
- Swanson School of Engineering, Marketing and Communications
- William Pitt Union, Building Management
- Auxiliary Business Administration and Maintenance
- College in High School
- Department of Physician Assistant Studies
- Drug Discovery Institute
- Environmental Health and Safety
- Financial Information Systems
- Institute for Clinical Research Education and CRHC Data Center
- Internal Audit Department
- Katz School of Business, Academic Support (2nd Floor)
- Katz School of Business, Academic Support (3rd Floor)
- Katz School of Business, Dean’s Office (Mervis Hall)
- Katz School of Business, IT Services
- Kitzes Lab Office
- Office of CFO, Payment Processing and Compliance
- Office of Dean, Art & Sciences
- Office of Medical Education
- Office of Policy Development and Management
- Office of the Provost
- Panther Post/ Student Mail Center
- Research Administration and Finance
- Student Affairs
- Student Affairs, Marketing and Communications
- The Pitt News
- Wellness Center
Congratulations to our official Pitt Green Labs! Interested in becoming a Green Lab? Register here!
- Carvunis Lab – Computational & Systems Biology
- Clark Lab – Physics & Astronomy
- Teichert Lab – Psychiatry
- Chen Lab – Aging & Pulmonary Medicine
- Huang Lab – Critical Care Medicine
- Kohl Lab – Biological Sciences
- Kuebbing Lab – Biological Sciences
- O’Donnell Lab – Biological Sciences
- Oesterreich Lab – Pharmacology and Chemical Biology
- Parikh Lab – Medicine
- Payne Lab – Biological Sciences
- Richards-Zawacki Lab – Biological Sciences
- Stephenson Lab – Biological Sciences
- West Lab – Biological Sciences
- Wright Lab – Biomedical Informatics
Congratulations to all our Pitt Green Residents & Floors Get involved here!
Pitt Green Resident Floors
- Sutherland East, Floor 6
- Sutherland East, Floor 3 & Tower C, Floor 8
Pitt Green Resident Participating Residence Halls
- Amos Hall
- Brackenridge Hall
- Bruce Hall
- Forbes Hall
- Holland Hall
- Irvis Hall
- Litchfield Towers (A, B, C)
- Lothrop Hall
- McCormick Hall
- Nordenberg Hall
- Panther Hall
- Residences on Bigelow
- Ruskin Hall
- Sutherland Hall
Pitt Sustainability Awards
Since 2015, the University of Pittsburgh has annually awarded the Pitt Sustainability Awards, which recognize Pitt faculty, staff, students, and groups who are making an extraordinary impact on campus sustainability. These individuals or groups could have demonstrated their impact in one or more categories of the Pitt Sustainability Plan (Stewardship, Exploration, and/or Community and Culture) via ideas, talents, and passions that contribute to a thriving culture of sustainability at Pitt.
Read on to learn why each person was selected!
Brandon Brewster was a senior Environmental Science major with minors in Environmental Engineering and Studio Arts, and certificates in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Sustainability. In 2020, he led the U.S. EPA-award winning “Team PreciPITTation” Campus Rainworks Challenge submission, alongside 7 other undergraduates developing a holistic green stormwater plan. Brandon served on the Campus Tree Advisory Committee, loves rock climbing, slacklining, trees, and spending time outdoors! Read Brandon’s Pitt News 2022 Silhouette!
(Environmental Science ’22)
Aaron Carr was an Environmental Science major pursuing two certificates in GIS and Sustainability. Aaron served as an EcoRep for 3 years (since the program began in Fall 2019) and defined the role and the team. As Lead EcoRep, Aaron designed a multitude of educational programs, created a well-researched building waste audit methodology, established a successful social media brand for the Pitt EcoReps, and sustained progress through the pandemic. He also evolved the Pitt Green Resident Program, growing its participation, influence, and measurable outcomes. He created a Pitt Sustainability Dashboard to share Healthy Ride Bike Share Utilization at Pitt. Aaron was also a member of Epsilon Eta and the Transportation Coordinator of Food Recovery Heroes.
(Environmental Science ’22)
Felicity has been the Sustainability Communications Intern for the Office of Sustainability for 2 years, where she is co-leading the development of the 2022 Pitt Sustainability Progress Report that will detail progress on the 61 goals outlined in the Pitt Sustainability Plan. She creates collaborative social media that helps Pitt community members engage with sustainability on-campus and was the chair of the 2022 Earth Month Planning Committee. Felicity is also a teaching assistant for GEOL:1333 Sustainability (taught by Ward Allebach) and the Secretary of Plant2Plate, Pitt’s student-run garden. Felicity has actively changed Sustainability at Pitt by creating the University’s Sustainability Living Learning Community (launching in Fall 2022), developing and executing the post-COVID Student Sustainability Showcase, and using her skills to promote sustainable living and learning on Pitt’s campus.
(Environmental Studies ’22)
Hannah Chen served as the Thriftsburgh Board Director and was the driving force in Thriftsburgh’s efforts to create the online Thriftsburgh store. Hannah worked tirelessly to keep the project on track, has worked closely with the University stores to troubleshoot, and created manuals and processes for the other store associates to follow. She was the lynchpin to the process of creating the e-commerce site!
(Health Information Management ’21)
Anna led the peer training, coordination and execution of First Year Sustainability Presentations that expose thousands of first year students to sustainability in their seminar courses. Anna was critical in Pitt’s 2021 AASHE STARS reporting, specifically the Academic portions. Anna was a fantastic student sustainability leader in MCSI, SOOS, Global Studies, and her organizations like Fossil Free Pitt.
(Global Studies ’21)
Julianna was actively involved in sustainability since she was a freshman on Pitt Green Team. Her sophomore year, Jules was one of the first Pitt EcoReps and helped develop the position. In 2021, she was Student Office of Sustainability Program Associate, Communications Chair for Plant2Plate, and the Service Chair for Epsilon Eta. Jules is also involved in sustainability in every aspect of her life.
(Geology and Environmental Science + Political Science ’21)
(Class of 2021)
Zach was truly a student sustainability powerhouse! In his 4 years at Pitt, Zach accomplished an extraordinary amount of work. Some of those accomplishments: – Being the student team leader on the environmental justice alternative break in Washington. Greene and Beaver counties,
– Chairing the student coalition that advocated for the broad availability of disposable period products campus wide AND the Zero Waste Period campaign,
– Serving as Co-Director of the Student Office of Sustainability and co-chairing the SOOS council through an extraordinary year,
– Managing the student-facing Pitt Green programs (including events) and shepherding the program through a massive re-visioning.
(Class of 2021)
As the sustainability and wellness RPT, Sydney was committed to including sustainability in her work programming for all students. Her collaborations with the EcoReps have led to improvements in RA access to ready-made sustainability programs.
Political Science (Class of 2021)
Maya began her journey as the Green Fund Allocations Board Director this year after serving on the board for the past two years. She has done a wonderful job this year leading the board through a tumultuous year. Given the difficulties of granting project based funding during a pandemic, Maya has kept board motivated and enthusiastic about long term projects. As a member of the Student Office of Sustainability council she plays an active role and lends her calm and practical voice to discussions about SOOS programs and initiatives. Maya will be missed by the Green Fund and the SOOS council when she graduates this year, but she has put both in a good place to continue and expand their work through her leadership and tenacity this year.
Anfernee La Cruz
Science (Class of 2021)
Anfernee has been involved in Pitt sustainability from his first year on campus! He joined the Pitt Green Team as an incoming first year and he has been an integral part of the SOOS ever since. In his time with SOOS his accomplishments have been many- here are just a few: 1) managed the Green Events program, 2) assisted with the development of the Green Resident program, 3) grew the Pitt Green Team from a simple first year volunteer program to a dedicated pipeline for future student sustainability student leaders, 4) managed and coordinated endless service events for SOOS and PittServes in the past three years. Perhaps Anfernee’s most important achievement is that he has always made mentoring students particularly younger students his core goal.
Science (Class of 2021)
As a sustainability intern for BAS Liz has supported the Stores as they explore innovative ways to reduce waste and source more sustainable products. Liz worked closely with Nick Goodfe to rewrite the Bike Pitt website and promote the Healthy Ride at Pitt program on social media.
Science (Class of 2021)
Gabby has devoted her time at Pitt to service and has been an asset to Pitt Sustainability since joining us in the fall. She crafted two comprehensive Year of Engagement grant proposals – leading one on indoor air quality. She laid the foundation for the future outreach. She has also been crucial in developing content for our new social media accounts!
Science (Class of 2021)
Lou currently serves as the Coordinator of Affiliate Organizations for the Student Office of Sustainability and he serves as a member of the Student Office of Sustainability Council. In light of the pandemic, Lou worked to adjust his priorities and to advocate for the needs of SOOS affiliate orgs. He worked to continue the First Thursday tradition in an engaging, if virtual format. The SOOS has consistently had very good turn out for virtual programs this semester owing in large part to Lou’s determination and enthusiasm. He advocated that we needed to alter our expectations of affiliate organizations given current circumstances- and created a “hibernation” policy for affiliates, allowing them to prioritize their members needs.
International Affairs, CONNECT
Eric came to Pitt/GSPIA with the goal of working with the DEP and local governments to develop climate action plans. His community engagement through CONNECT has led to 6 new local Climate Action Plans produced through his internship and creating more pathways for other Panthers to engage their Pitt sustainability work for real world impact. Because of his work, now all 40+ governments within CONNECT are working with other partners across campus on a Regional Climate Action Plan, aligning people and processes with the Marshall Plan and other big sustainability initiatives in our region.
Swanson School of Engineering
Jessica performed this year’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory for the University of Pittsburgh, which has been a critical analysis for future planning and the Pitt Climate Action Plan. Her research around environmental justice, indoor air quality, and using engineering solutions to improve the quality of life in the local community embodies the triple bottom line and she is a true leader in this field.
Office of PittServes
In her role as the Pitt Pantry’s graduate student intern, Kelsey has gone above and beyond to ensure that they Pantry continues to support students despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. She also planned and coordinated Pitt’s first year participating in National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, and the Pantry’s first time participating in Pitt Make a Difference Day.
Mei Yu-Kephalogianis has been a housekeeper in Pitt Housing since 2010 — and lead housekeeper at Nordenberg Hall, Pitt’s first LEED residence hall, since it opened in 2013. As a native Chinese speaker, Mei understands the challenges first-year Chinese students face and is extremely welcoming to all. She embodies the mission, vision, and values of Pitt’s Housing department and was recognized with the department’s Harvie Keppler award in 2015. In Fall 2021, Pitt’s housekeeping team introduced glove recycling for housekeepers to divert glove waste from landfills. Mei jumped at the opportunity to reduce the impact of her work and, in just six months, had filled a 50-gallon barrel with thousands of used gloves from her and her colleagues in Nordenberg Hall. Mei also initiated the idea to repurpose bags that would have otherwise been thrown out for her housekeeping carts glove collection. Mei is a natural leader and dedicated to sustainable practices.
At Pitt since 2005 and the University Communications Manager with sustainability as her “beat” since 2017, Kim is the pen, WORD, and puns behind Pitt’s telling of its sustainability story externally. Whether writing a Pittwire release about an award or pitching a sustainability story to a journalist, Kim has always been knowledgeable about sustainability across Pitt’s campus and passionate about the work and the people who do it. Often behind the scenes and article, Kim is an integral part of the Pitt Sustainability team and has a special flair for showcasing student efforts.
Caitlin is a very reliable person for encouraging sustainable practices and bolstering the sustainability procurement program at our residential dining location. Besides, she is always looking into ways to reduce food waste in our Kitchen
As Manager and Dietrich School Scientific Stockroom (DSS) Customer Service Director, Joshua Jones has been using his expertise in chemistry to create sustainable solutions for a number of years. In addition to contributing to DSS sustainability efforts, Mr. Jones has been greening his own work flow in a variety of ways, including 1) coordinating with janitorial staff to repurpose empty bleach bottles to safely collect aqueous chemical waste like Strontium sulfate to reduce plastic jugs bought by the department) and 2) safely recrystallizing copper solutions for students to use in their learning lab for educational experiments.
Will Mitchell is the Director of Facility Services in Pitt Facilities Management — and has been an instrumental leader in Pitt’s sustainability journey. Along with serving on the Chancellor’s Advisory Council for Sustainability, Will has been imperative in Pitt’s materials diversion efforts for decades, including the University’s transition to single stream recycling over 5 years ago. More recently, Will oversees Pitt’s custodial, sustainable landscaping, and trades teams – and is a fundamental partner for many Pitt Sustainability projects, including anything relating to zero waste, but especially recycling, and composting. If it’s a green, chances are Will is on the scene. In 2019, Will was one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s 50 Men of Excellence.
As Pitt Procurement Specialist, Kristin has been a constant champion for sustainability at Pitt by leveraging her position supporting laboratory programs across campus by piloting materials diversion programs for water filters and gloves. She has also asked scientific suppliers to embrace more innovative and sustainable practices, create takeback programs, and more. Kristin advocates for more sustainable policies within University-wide contracts that help build a thriving culture of sustainability on campus. In a recent example, Kristin has been collaborating with the University Store to create a lab coat rental program so lab coats used by students for lab courses have a life after the class.
William ensures that compost and recycling procedures are correctly followed in kitchens. He keeps our team motived towards our sustainability programs at the Eatery.
Monica led a program during COVID to establish a partnership with the Greater Pittsburgh Food bank to raise awareness around the challenges facing the food bank during COVID and to organize support. The Stores teams attended engagement sessions with the Food Bank and implemented donation mechanisims on the Stores registers and website to collect donations for the food bank, as well as collect physical goods like non-perishable donations. More than $1,000 has been raised through the effort so far.
As a University Stores Green Team member, Meagan is always working to make Maggie & Stella’s more sustainable. Meagan has also provided invaluable support to the University of Thriftsburgh as they work to set up an online sales platform.
Ciara is an outstanding leader and advocate! She provides leadership for the Pitt Pantry & provides assistance with other food-related initiatives. She is leading the Basic Needs and Meal Scholarship Committees working to assure student access. Ciara does awesome with working across departments to ensure work is done strategically.
Dez has been a campus leader in equity and access, coordinating the University’s first year of participation in the Real College Assessment. Because of his persistence and creativity over the past year and a half, the Campus Basic Needs Committee will have data from over 5000 students, which will shape the future of student support programs and partnerships at Pitt.
Chef Timothy has committed to make Sutherland hall as vegan friendly as possible. Adding make to order vegan pizza and increasing the plant-based dishes in every single station.
Winners were selected by a cross-departmental review team based on nominations by members of the Pitt community. The 25 awardees will be acknowledged during the April 23 Spring Student Sustainability Symposium, an award made of reclaimed wood, and a sustainability care package, all in recognition of their achievements.
Dr. Danielle Andrews-Brown
Dr. Andrews received her PhD (Soil Science) in 2011 at Pennsylvania State University. She remained at Penn State as post-doctoral scholar and research associate. Dr. Andrews came to the University of Pittsburgh in 2017 as a lecturer and the advisor and coordinator of the Environmental Studies program.
Dr. Andrews-Brown and Dr. Quigley created two Freedom Seminar 1-credit courses centered on environmental justice. The first, “Place, Collective Economies, and Environmental Justice” and the second, “Global Water Activism and Pedagogies.” Freedom Seminar courses are offered by the School of Education’s Dept of Teaching, Learning, and Leading (TLL) to help students understand education within shifting social, cultural, and political frameworks. These two courses are the first of their kind in the School of Education to provide a crucial lens into environmental justice and concepts of sustainability.
Dr. Cassie Quigley
Dr. Cassie Quigley is the Associate Chair of the Department of Instruction and Learning and Associate Professor of Science Education at the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction with a PhD minor in Environmental Sciences at Indiana University in 2010. She holds a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Spanish.
Dr. Quigley and Dr. Andrews-Brown created two Freedom Seminar 1-credit courses centered on environmental justice. The first, “Place, Collective Economies, and Environmental Justice” and the second, “Global Water Activism and Pedagogies.” Freedom Seminar courses are offered by the School of Education’s Dept of Teaching, Learning, and Leading (TLL) to help students understand education within shifting social, cultural, and political frameworks. These two courses are the first of their kind in the School of Education to provide a crucial lens into environmental justice and concepts of sustainability.
Dr. Tony Kerzmann
As one of this year’s Leonard Peters Faculty Fellows, Tony has co-taught the 2 core Sustainability Certificate courses, “Current Issues” and “Sustainability Capstone.” He leads research projects on renewable energy sources and sustainability.
Student Sustainability Champions
Starting in 2021, the University of Pittsburgh has recognized graduating students (undergraduate and graduate) for their leadership and commitment to Pitt Sustainability’s efforts across campus, in the community, and beyond.