Carbon Commitment Committee

As part of our commitment to achieve carbon neutrality on our Pittsburgh campus by 2037, the University of Pittsburgh is creating a Carbon Commitment Committee.  A subcommittee of the Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Sustainability, the Carbon Commitment Committee’s goals are to:

  • Hone, design, and manage the University’s plan to achieve its carbon neutrality goal by 2037.
  • Develop of a Pitt Climate Action Plan to achieve carbon neutrality.
  • Annually evaluate progress towards carbon neutral goal, submit progress evaluations, and sharing progress .
  • Develop inclusive and equitable operational, curricular, research, and community engagement strategies related to carbon neutrality.
  • Celebrate accomplishments and performance.
  • (Re)focus on existing and emerging areas of GHG emissions reduction opportunity.

Curious how we’re doing on achieving this goal? Follow along on our Sustainability Dashboard.

Committee Members

  • CHAIR: Dr. Aurora Sharrard, Director of Sustainability, Office of Sustainability
  • Jennifer Barnes, Supplier Diversity & Sustainability Coordinator, Purchasing
  • Scott Bernotas, Associate Vice Chancellor, Facilities Management
  • Dr. Melissa Bilec, Deputy Director, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation; Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Brendan Fouracre, Executive Associate Athletic Director for Capital Planning & Projects and Facility & Event Operations, Athletics
  • Max Harleman, PhD Candidate, Graduate School of Public & International Affairs (GSPIA)
  • Dr. Mike Holland, Vice Chancellor for Science Policy & Research Strategies, Research
  • Dr. Katrina Kelly-Pitou, Assistant Research Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Mary Beth McGrew, Associate Vice Chancellor, Planning, Design, & Real Estate
  • Ellen Oordt, Undergraduate Student, Ecology & Evolution, ‘22
  • Rebecca Roadman, Senior HR Project Manager, Human Resources