University of Pittsburgh Sustainability Committee


Pitt’s University Sustainability Committee is dedicated to promoting a culture of sustainability across the University and in partnership with our communities by serving as a stimulus, resource, and advocate for social, environmental, and economic responsibility.  With representation from staff, faculty, and students across a variety of departments and expertise, the Committee is:

  • Accountable for the University’s Sustainability efforts, as detailed in the Pitt Sustainability Plan.
  • Promotes a sustainable campus and community.
  • Facilitates integration of sustainability into research, scholarship, and student life.

Steering Committee

  • Aurora SharrardDirector of Sustainability, Office of Sustainability
  • Nicholas GoodfellowSustainability Coordinator, Auxiliaries
  • Richard HellerSenior Electrical Engineer, Facilities Management
  • Gena KovalcikCodirector, Administration & External Relations, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
  • Erika NinosPittServes Sustainability Coordinator, Student Affairs
  • Laura ZulloDirector of Administration, Business and Operations


  • R. Ward AllebachInstructor,  Environmental Studies, Department of Geology & Environmental Science
  • Drew ArmstrongDirector of Architectural Studies and Associate Professor, Department of History of Art & Architecture
  • Kim Barlow, Communications Manager, Office of University Communications
  • Jennifer Barnes, Supplier Diversity & Sustainability, Purchasing Services
  • Illona Beresford, Senior Project Manager, Facilities Management
  • Scott BernotasAssociate Vice Chancellor of Facilities Management, Business & Operations
  • Melissa BilecDeputy Director, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation; Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Amy BuxbaumVice President for Finance & Administration, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
  • Keith Duval, Environmental Manager, Environmental Health & Safety
  • Dan Fisher, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Operations & Maintenance, Facilities Management
  • Brendan FouracreExecutive Associate Athletic Director for Projects & Operations, Athletics
  • Marijke Hecht, Graduate Student, School of Education + Learning Research & Development Center (LRDC)
  • Matt KropfDirector of Energy Institute, Assistant Professor of Energy Science & Technology, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
  • Leslie Marshall, Assistant Director, Center for Sustainable Business
  • Michael Papale, Surplus Property Manager, Services & Surplus Property
  • Samuel RessinBoard Chair, Pitt Green Fund; Undergraduate Student, Economics & Statistics ’20
  • David V. P. SanchezAssistant Director, Education and Outreach, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation; Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Sawyer Sidelinger, Sustainability Coordinator, Pitt Dining by Sodexo
  • Paul Supowitz, Vice Chancellor, Community & Governmental Relations
  • Elizabeth TiedemannRegistrar, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
  • Rebecca Tisherman, Graduate Student, Department of Geology & Environmental Science
  • Chris Turner, Director of Operations, Office of Economic Partnerships
  • Matthew Walaan, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Auxiliary Business Administration & Maintenance
  • Clara Weibel, Co-Director, Student Office of Sustainability; Undergraduate Student, Urban Studies ’20
  • Cindy Wertz, Director of Administration, Computing Services & Systems Development
  • Jeff Yeaman, Parking, Transportation, & Services

This university-wide body is supported by other on-campus committees, including:

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