Pitt Professional Development in Sustainability

The Sustainability Professional Certificate Program is designed to reinforce the University’s commitment to sustainability with a series of workshops open to all employees. The workshops address individual behaviors, University programs, and national and global trends that impact individual, organizational, and national efforts to become more sustainable (balancing equity, environment, and economics).



In 2020, the Office of Sustainability offered its first campus-wide formal employee professional development course — a teaser for the forthcoming Pitt employee Sustainability Professional Certificate Program.

This Pitt employee professional development program’s goal is to empower Pitt community members with knowledge about sustainability, including the potential to become sustainability ambassadors for their departments and units. Through these workshops created and taught by the Pitt Sustainability team, employees will gain the knowledge needed to apply core sustainability principles to create solutions throughout their career that allow all to thrive by balancing equity, environment, and economy. To earn the employee Sustainability Certificate, you must take all 3 core courses and 2 electives of your choice (1 existing Diversity & Inclusion courses can count towards your electives).

The 2021 classes offered will be:

Sustainability Foundations: Balancing the Three Es

Hearing a lot about “sustainability” at Pitt and elsewhere? This workshop provides foundational knowledge of the three dimensions of sustainability: economics, environment, and equity. Participants will learn how these disciplines relate to the challenges of climate change, food security, and racial justice and how they can contribute to solutions in the local, national, and global community. Discussion of solutions will start with opportunities and innovation at Pitt and in Pittsburgh.


Sustainability: Circular, Regenerative, & Just Economies

Hearing a lot of acronyms about investments and the economy, but wondering what CSR, ESG, and SRI really mean? This workshop will provide foundational knowledge on sustainable business practices.  Participants will learn about sustainable purchasing, supply chain management, the circular economy, and best business practices that create positive social and environmental outcomes.  This workshop will give participants the tools to tap into the wealth of Pitt resources (e.g., Center for Sustainable Business) to become more responsible consumers and help create and support regenerative and just economies.  


Sustainability: Building an Equitable Future

Did you know that equity is 1 of 3 pillars of sustainability? This workshop will explore how equity and sustainability go hand-in-hand. Participants will learn about environmental justice, community development, and inclusion initiatives at Pitt and in Pittsburgh – and how that they and their departments can help contribute to. Professionals will be able to clearly define equity principles, identify systemic issues and systems, and become aware of the role we all play in building a sustainable future for all to thrive.  


Sustainability: Environment, Ecosystems, and You

Heard about Pitt’s commitment to carbon neutrality, renewable energy, alternative transportation, pollinators, and protecting our local ecosystems? This workshop will teach attendees about environmental stewardship, Pitt’s related goals, and how individuals & departments can help us improve our local and global environment. Learn about our recycling, composting, and specialty waste diversion efforts, while diving deeper into understanding climate change, ecologically friendly landscapes, and the how you and Pitt can help build a resilient future for our region.  



Register for upcoming classes here! 



Electives will be offered in 2022. Some additional courses to look forward to include:

  • Pitt Blue & Gold = Green! On-Campus Sustainability in Detail
  • Sustainable Investments
  • Sustainable Food Systems
  • Sustainable Community Development
  • Sustainable Landscapes