Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.51
Liaison Aurora Sharrard
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Pittsburgh
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Aurora Sharrard
Executive Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:
The Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Sustainability helps the University of Pittsburgh be a leader in balancing equity, environment, and economics so that current and future generations can thrive. The Council recognizes that sound sustainability practices, operations, infrastructure, curriculum, research, and partnerships benefit the institution, the Pittsburgh region, and the community at large. With representation from staff, faculty, and students across a variety of departments and expertise, the Council is commissioned to:

• Lead and educate by example by integrating sustainable practices into all areas of University operations, academics, research, and public service;
• Identify and support implementation of practices and standards that preserve and promote the stewardship and replenishment of energy, water, materials, and other resources;
• Strive towards increased social equity and access on-campus and in our communities; being respectful partners of renewal.
• Work to align our economic decision-making with ecological principles and human integrity, reflecting present-day and intergenerational equity so that we may regenerating life through networks of reciprocity.
• Engage faculty, students, and staff in sustainability exploration, including the development of meaningful curriculum, scholarly research, innovation, and outreach activities to inspire future generations to consider sustainability in all that they pursue;
• Promote and enhance the visibility of sustainability initiatives across campus and within the community at large through education, promotion, and action-oriented community partnerships; and
• Foster linkages among and within University departments for the purpose of advancing, achieving, innovating, collaborating, promoting, informing, and reporting on sustainability efforts.
• Learn more: https://www.sustainable.pitt.edu/sustainability-council/

This university-wide body is supported by a number of subcommittees, including:

• Active Mobility Committee - Created as part of the University’s vision for a sustainable and mobile future. The work of this Committee will help the University achieve its active mobility goals and ensure active mobility is safe, equitable, robust, and planned. Learn more: https://www.sustainable.pitt.edu/sustainability-council/active-mobility-committee/

• Campus Tree Advisory Committee - Help maintains the beauty of the campus landscape, while protecting the environment and fostering conservation efforts within the community. Learn more: https://www.sustainable.pitt.edu/campus-tree-advisory-committee/

• Carbon Commitment Committee - Hone, design, and manage the University’s plan to achieve its carbon neutrality goal by 2037. Learn more: https://www.sustainable.pitt.edu/sustainability-council/carbon-commitment-committee/

• Pollinator Habitat Advisory Committee - Create and advise on the implementation a Campus Pollinator Habitat Plan and lead the University’s annual Bee Campus USA application through the Xerces Society. Learn more: https://www.sustainable.pitt.edu/pollinator-habitat-advisory-committee/

The Council also collaborates closely with several other university-focused sustainability committees, including:

• Facilities’ Energy & Sustainability Committee – Internal Committee comprised of Facilities, Housing, & Sustainability representatives focused on built environment sustainability. https://www.facilities.pitt.edu/sustainability
• Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation's Faculty Sustainability Task Force - A leadership group of University of Pittsburgh faculty selected by Pitt's Provost who are committed to advancing sustainability through research, education and outreach. Learn more: https://www.engineering.pitt.edu/MCSI/Sustainability-Task-Force/
• University of Pittsburgh at Bradford's Sustainability Committee – (not part of AASHE STARS reporting scope due to regional campus)
• Student Office of Sustainability’s (SOOS) Council – Leadership group of SOOS, which supports the potential of students to creatively revolutionize the way the Pitt community approaches environmental and social justice, and inspire conversations about building a sustainable future. SOOS has 25+ affiliated student organizations. Learn more: https://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/pittserves/sustain/studentoffice/

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

Council Members

• CHAIR: Aurora Sharrard, Director of Sustainability, Office of Sustainability
• Kim Barlow, Communications Manager, Office of University Communications
• Jennifer Barnes, Supplier Diversity & Sustainability, Purchasing Services
• Illona Beresford, Senior Project Manager, Facilities Management
• Melissa Bilec, Deputy Director, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation; Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
• Zachary Delaney, Co-Director, Student Office of Sustainability; Undergraduate Student
• Keith Duval, Environmental Manager, Environmental Health & Safety
• Nicholas Goodfellow, Sustainability Coordinator, Auxiliaries
• Dustin Gray, Executive Associate Athletic Director for Administration, Athletics
• Gena Kovalcik, Codirector, Administration & External Relations, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
• Will Mitchell, Facility Services Director, Facilities Management
• Erika Ninos, PittServes Sustainability Coordinator, Student Affairs
• Rebecca Tisherman, Graduate Student, Department of Geology & Environmental Science
• Alex Toner, Assistant Director of Community Engagement, Community & Governmental Relations
• Cindy Wertz, Chief of Staff, Information Technology
• Laura Zullo, Director of Administration, Business and Operations

Council Liaisons

• R. Ward Allebach, Instructor, Environmental Studies, Department of Geology & Environmental Science
• Drew Armstrong, Director of Architectural Studies and Associate Professor, Department of History of Art & Architecture
• Scott Bernotas, Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities Management, Business & Operations
• Amy Buxbaum, Vice President for Finance & Administration, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
• Dan Fisher, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Operations & Maintenance, Facilities Management
• Everett Hermann, Director of Student and Faculty Engagement, Honors College
• Tom Hitter, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Policy Development and Management, Office of Policy Development & Management
• Chaz Kellem, Director of PittServes, Student Affairs
• Maya Knee, Board Chair, Pitt Green Fund; Undergraduate Student
• Matt Kropf, Director of Energy Institute, Assistant Professor of Energy Science & Technology, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
• Leslie Marshall, Associate Director, Center for Sustainable Business
• Meghan Orman, Doctoral Student, School of Education + Office of Child Development
• Michael Papale, Surplus Property Manager, Services & Surplus Property
• David V. P. Sanchez, Assistant Director, Education and Outreach, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation; Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
• Lisia de Lima Spellman, Sustainability Manager, Pitt Dining by Compass
• Cynthia Sweet, Associate Vice Chancellor, Office of Economic Partnerships
• Paul Supowitz, Vice Chancellor, Community & Governmental Relations
• Tim Savinsky, Assistant Professor, Biology, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
• Matthew Walaan, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Auxiliary Business Administration & Maintenance
• Jeff Yeaman, Parking, Transportation, & Services


• CO-CHAIR: Nick Goodfellow, Sustainability Coordinator, Business & Auxiliary Services
• CO-CHAIR: David Salcido, Research Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine; Vice President, University Senate; Chair, Oakland Bike/Ped Committee
• Ashley Boykin, Wellness Specialist, Office of Human Resources
• Andrea Boykowycz, Community Services Director, Oakland Planning and Development Corporation
• Chris Chirdon, Staff Council liaison; Program Implementation Specialist, Program Evaluation Research
• Leigh Culley, Director, Disability Resources and Services
• Alex Eckenrode, Attendant, Pitt Bike Cave
• Melika Ghavas, Planner; Office of Planning, Design, & Real Estate
• Officer Guy Johnson, Community Relations/Pedestrian Safety Coordinator, Pitt Police
• Chaz Kellem, Director, Office of PittServes
• Erika Ninos, Sustainability Program Coordinator, Office of PittServes
• Jonathan Pearson, Director of Parking; Parking, Transportation, & Services
• Carol Reichbaum, Program Director, WalkWorks, Pitt Public Health Center for Public Health Practice
• Corey Robinson, Mobility Specialist; Parking, Transportation, & Services
• Aurora Sharrard, Director of Sustainability, Office of Sustainability
• Anna Tang, Community Organizer, Bike Pittsburgh
• Alex Toner, Assistant Director of Community Engagement, Office of Community and Governmental Relations
• Officer Heather Walker, Community Relations, Pitt Police


•CHAIR: Dave Klimchock, Senior Construction Project Manager, Pitt Facilities Management
•Dr. Dan Bain, Associate Professor, Pitt Geology & Environmental Science
•Brandon Brewster, Undergraduate Student, Pitt Environmental Science ‘22
•Tiffany Betras, Graduate student, Pitt Biological Sciences
•Kinsey Miller, Community Forester, Tree Pittsburgh
•Dr. Sara Kuebbing, Professor, Pitt Biological Sciences
•Andy Moran, Senior Manager of Grounds, Pitt Facilities Management
•Georgia Petropoulos, Executive Director, Oakland Business Improvement District
•Dr. Aurora Sharrard, Director of Sustainability, Pitt Office of Sustainability
•James Williams III, Director for Local Government Relations, Pitt Community & Governmental Relations


•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
•Dustin Gray, Executive Associate Athletic Director for Administration, 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


•CHAIR: Andy Moran, Senior Manager of Grounds, Facilities Management
•Dr. Tia-Lynn Ashman, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
•Kim Barlow, Communications Manager, Communications
•Sarah Cutshall, Undergraduate Student & Founder, Bee Friendly Pitt
•Matthew Golub, Undergraduate Student & Founder, Bee Friendly Pitt
•Samantha Ford, Sustainability Projects Coordinator, Office of Sustainability
•Sarah Hart, Undergraduate Student & Founder, Bee Friendly Pitt
•Beth Ann Mayer, Undergraduate Student, Events Coordinator, Students for Sustainability
•Mary Beth McGrew, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Planning, Facilities Management
•Dr. Aurora Sharrard, Director of Sustainability, Office of Sustainability


•CO-CHAIR: Scott Bernotas, Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities Management
•CO-CHAIR: Mike Sinack, Mechanical Engineer, Facilities Management
•Al Agostinelli, Director of Building Systems & Commissioning, Facilities Management
•Illona Beresford, Senior Capital Project Manager, Facilities Management
•Dan Fisher, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Operations & Maintenance, Facilities Management
•Samantha Ford, Sustainability Projects Coordinator, Office of Sustainability
•Lela Loving, Energy Analyst, Facilities Management
•Will Mitchell, Facility Services Director, Facilities Management
•Chuck Rubish, Director of Maintenance and Construction, Housing
•Mary Rugh, Director of Engineering, Facilities Management
•Aurora Sharrard, Director of Sustainability, Office of Sustainability


• Mark Abbott, Department Chair, Professor, Paleoclimatology, Geology & Planetary Science
• Michael Aklin, Assistant Professor, Political Science
• Drew Armstrong, Associate Professor, Director of Architectural Studies
• Daniel Bain, Assistant professor, Hydrology, Metal Biogeochemistry
• Eric Beckman, Bevier Professor of Engineering, Co-Director, Mascaro Center
• Melissa Bilec, Deputy Director, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation; Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
• John Camillus, Donald R Beall Professor of Strategic Management, Organizations and Entrepreneurship
• Walter Carson, Associate Professor, Plant Community Ecology
• Cynthia Danford, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
• Emily M. Elliott, Assistant Professor, Department of Geology and Planetary Science
• Shanti Gamper-Rabindran, Assistant professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
• Daniel Mosse, Professor and Chair, Computer Science
• David V. P. Sanchez, Assistant Director, Education and Outreach, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation; Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
• Jeremy Weber, Assistant Professor, Energy and Environment


• Erika Ninos, Sustainability Coordinator, PittServes (Staff)
• Ciara Stehley, Sustainability Program Assistant, PittServes (Staff)
• Desmond Stuart, Basic Needs Coordinator, PittServes (Staff)
• Jules Cooper, SOOS Program Associate (Undergraduate Student)
• Zachary Delaney, SOOS Program Associate (Undergraduate Student)
• Anfernee La Cruz, SOOS Program Associate (Undergraduate Student)
• Anna Coleman, SOOS Co-Director & Student Government Board Liaison (Undergraduate Student)
• Lou Tierno, SOOS Affiliate Organizations Coordinator (Undergraduate Student)
• Maya Knee, Pitt Green Fund Director (Undergraduate Student)

Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:
The University of Pittsburgh's Office of Sustainability was established in July 2018 to centralize campus-wide sustainability activities, strategies, and partnerships.  Led by Director of Sustainability, Dr. Aurora Sharrard, the Office of Sustainability leads University-wide sustainability strategy, activities, policies, collaborations, & partnerships to advance the Pitt Sustainability Plan, which includes 61 measurable goals across stewardship, exploration, community, and culture.

The University's commitment to sustainable action is clear, with over 75 supporting staff members leading the charge across the campus and community.  The Office of Sustainability ensures milestone progress and accomplishments are shared across the Pitt community through two principal staff members and sustainability unit leads, staff, and collaborators embedded in 5 operational divisions and 3 academic centers (Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, Center for Sustainable Business, and Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory). Along with contributing staff, students, and partners across the University, sustainability-affiliated faculty members collaborate through the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation.

The Office of Sustainability's campus-wide efforts are also supported by over 20 paid student sustainability interns hosted in a wide variety of departments and business units; summer sustainability undergraduate research projects; and the 28+ student groups affiliated with the Student Office of Sustainability, who help infuse sustainability into the Pitt's culture, values, and decision-making.

Pitt's multilevel, interdisciplinary sustainability efforts on and off campus include the Chancellor's Advisory Council on Sustainability Committee and other associated committees, listed above.

Pitt is working to be a leader and innovator in sustainability, with a dedicated team in place to champion equitable, environmental, and economically balanced change, benefiting both people and the planet.

Learn more: https://www.sustainable.pitt.edu/office-of-sustainability

Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Dr. Aurora Sharrard, Director of Sustainability, Office of Sustainability; Nick Goodfellow, Sustainability Manager, Aux.;Gena Kovalcik, Co-Director, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation; Erika Ninos, Sustainability Coordinator, Office of PittServes;

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:
In 2018, the University of Pittsburgh hired its first Director of Sustainability, Dr. Aurora Sharrard, to head the centralized Office of Sustainability and lead University-wide sustainability strategy, activities, policies, collaborations, & partnerships to advance the Pitt Sustainability Plan, which includes 61 measurable goals across stewardship, exploration, community, and culture. Dr. Sharrard facilitates regular Pitt Sustainability staff meetings with our embedded and cross-departmental staff, Chairs the Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Sustainability, and holds membership in and/or regularly collaborates with all other campus faculty and staff sustainability committees.

The Office, Council, and Committees are described previously in this credit. Learn more: https://www.sustainable.pitt.edu/office-of-sustainability

Over the past 3 years, the Pitt Sustainability team itself, the Council, and every Committee except for MCSI’s Faculty Sustainability Task Force were either created and/or have undergone significant charter, structure, and/or membership changes.

Pitt’s Sustainability team has accomplished so much in the past 3 years, the space in this question is insufficient. Some very brief (and incomplete) highlights are below:

1) The University committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2037 (the year of Pitt’s 250th anniversary) in February 2020.
• Resultantly, the first Pitt Climate Action Plan is in development, with expectations of being completed in March 2021.
• We completed the FY17 & 19 greenhouse gas inventories [FY19 ~215,000 metric tons CO2e total; 21.1% below FY08].
• Alongside the United Nations’ Climate Action Summit, the University was one of the first universities to sign the Cool Food Pledge in a united global promise to cut food-related greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2030 through sustainable food practices and food waste reduction.

2) Launched a new Pitt Sustainability Dashboard, which provides an interactive view of progress on select Pitt Sustainability Plan goals, including greenhouse gas emissions, compostables, food recovery, and Real Food Challenge achievements!
3) In FY20, Pitt achieved its lowest total energy use per square foot since data tracking began in 2008 (and 22% reduction in campus energy use since 2015), which keeps us on track to meet our internationally-aligned 2030 Challenge goal to reduce energy use per square foot 50% by 2030.
4) Pitt joined the U.S. EPA’s Top 30 Green Powered Colleges and Universities twice.
• 18% of the University’s energy originated from renewable energy sources in FY 2020.
• The University announced two power purchase agreements (PPA) for local, renewable power; these solar and local, low-impact hydropower commitments, have us projecting at least 36.5% of the Pittsburgh campus’ electricity will be supplied by renewables by 2024, keeping the University on track to reach its strategic goal of 50% of electricity produced or procured from renewable sources by 2030.

5) Pitt Green Events – Facilitated 153 events with composting in, including 48 Pitt Green and/or zero waste events during the 2019 Welcome Week alone, for nearly 14,000 students, family members, faculty, and staff. 2019 Welcome Week events collectively diverted over 9 tons of waste from the landfill. For comparison, 10 events were Green Certified and/or zero waste during the 2018 Welcome Week.
6) Compost – Diverted 176 tons of compostables from campus in FY 2020, reaching a new 12-month high.
7) Honored in 2018 for first time by The League of American Bicyclists with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) award in recognition of the institution’s achievements in promoting and enabling safe, accessible bicycling on campus.
8) Provided unlimited 30-minute Healthy Ride bike share access to Pitt students, staff and faculty, with over 7,000 trips taken in Fall 2020.
9) Received Pitt’s first ever Bee Campus USA designation (only the 5th bestowed on a Pennsylvania college or university)
10) In line with other 2018 Pitt Sustainability Plan goals, the University is advancing campus-wide basic needs conversations, responsible stormwater management and reuse planning, and vehicle electrification, while further embedding sustainability into our academic curriculum and research.
11) Recognized for sustainable building design and construction with 14 owned and operated LEED certified buildings.
12) Launched a textile recycling collection program at 20 campus locations to collect and recycle used textiles, diverting 7,866 textiles into the circular economy (equivalent to the amount of textiles 96 Americans throw away annually) in 2020 alone.
13) The University changed over its Dining provider to Compass, now offering Pitt Eats, with a renewed focus on all Pitt Sustainability Plan goals, including plant-forward dining, 50% reusable containers for meals and beverages by 2025, 25% Real Food campus-wide by 2025, and reducing food waste overall, while composting 50% of remaining food waste by 2025.
14) Adopted Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Policy that will guide investment decisions for endowment; first report expected by end of 2021.
15) Basic Needs – Established a Campus Basic Needs Committee established in order to understand, communicate, and advocate for students’ basic needs and create resources to ensure student success, while making the Meal Scholarship Program more robust to support short-term student emergency food assistance and connections to medium-term solutions
16) Created the Pitt Green suite of designations, including Pitt Green Offices, Laboratories, Residents, and Floors.
17) Launched Pitt EcoReps program launched to help fellow students live sustainably in residence halls.
18) Launched a Center for Sustainable Business, which itself launched “Sustaining Sustainability” podcast series, which explores sustainability lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic via 15-minute, weekly interviews with industry managers, academic experts, government officials, and civil society leaders.
19) Created a Sustainability Transcript Distinction for undergraduate students to recognize sustainability focus in & out of the classroom

Pitt Sustainability’s Fiscal Year 2020 Accomplishments: https://www.sustainable.pitt.edu/fy20-successes/

50 Years of Earth Days at Pitt Timeline: https://www.sustainable.pitt.edu/pitt-earth-day-history/

Pitt’s 2019 SDG Progress Summary: https://www.sustainable.pitt.edu/pitt-sustainable-development-goals/

Pitt Sustainability’s 2018 Accomplishments: https://www.sustainable.pitt.edu/2018-pitt-sustainability-success/

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Director of Sustainability

Job description for the sustainability officer position:
Job description for the sustainability officer position:
From the 2018 Job Posting for Pitt's first ever Director of Sustainability"

"This role will be charged with being a key connector and collaborator on campus, establishing key relationships, and leveraging Pitt’s resources to enable the Pitt Sustainability Plan. This role will build upon existing successes to position the University of Pittsburgh as a leader in the field of Sustainability at the city, state, regional, national and international level by promoting broader awareness of the University’s environmental, social and financial sustainability successes and accomplishments.

The position will also provide leadership to the University Sustainability Committee [now Chancellor's Advisory Council on Sustainability], a cross-campus committee of internal champions promoting sustainability. The position will provide leadership for building and enhancing collaborative partnerships while supporting University-wide sustainability strategy, guidelines, and policy development in collaboration with stakeholders from across the University.

This position will be a key advocate on campus to enhance collaborative partnerships with Academics, Operations, Student Affairs, Athletics and other Campus groups as needed."

Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Sustainability Manager in Business & Auxiliary Services

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
From 2019 job posting:

The University of Pittsburgh is seeking a Sustainability Manager to aid in the oversight and implementation of sustainability efforts for the units within Business and Auxiliary Services which include Housing, Dining, Panther Central, University Stores, Parking, Transportation and Mailing Services. Major responsibilities associated with this position include, but are not limited to: assisting with project coordination and food services initiatives; drafting policies and procedures; Pitt community outreach, strategic planning and research; supervision of student employees; and leadership in creating a departmental and campus-wide culture of sustainability. Other duties and special projects as assigned. This new role will:

• Assist in the oversight of sustainability efforts of campus Auxiliary Services as outlined in Pitt Sustainability Plan, including, but not limited to Waste Management & Minimization; Food Services; Energy and Water Conservation; Sustainable building and landscape design, operations, and maintenance; Procurement of green products
• Analyze current sustainability efforts and recommend improvements and opportunities.
• Assist in the development, coordination, and implementation of new sustainability efforts.
• Develop policies, procedures, and best practices regarding sustainability.
• Help coordinate the efforts of outside contractors performing work in the Auxiliaries to ensure sustainable standards are adhered to.
• Participate in discussion and planning of renovation and new construction of Auxiliary facilities to help integrate sustainability efforts.
• Work closely with university-wide Office and Director of Sustainability related to collaborating across campus all of the above, but especially reporting and tracking.
• Work with Communications team, create marketing materials to promote sustainability efforts within and external to Business and Auxiliary Services.
• Work with HR team to conduct staff and student trainings focusing on sustainability.
• Serve as the liaison for the Business and Auxiliary Services on Chancellor's Sustainability Council and with campus student groups affiliated with Student Office of Sustainability and otherwise.
• Assist in university-wide sustainability reporting (Office of Sustainability annual report, AASHE STARS, etc.) , as needed.
• Give presentations on sustainability efforts to classes and student groups as requested.
• Benchmark the Department’s sustainability efforts with other higher education organizations (via AASHE and other nationally recognized certifications and systems) and other similar businesses locally and nationally.
• Assist with strategic planning related to sustainability efforts.
• Collect and analyze data on the success of sustainability efforts.
• Assist in updating the university-wide Pitt Sustainability Plan, as needed.
• Supervise student sustainability interns, providing direction and development opportunities to direct reports.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Sustainability Projects Coordinator

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
The Sustainability Officer's field above was not large enough to include all of the names and titles of the sustainability officers working at the University of Pittsburgh. Described below is a new and relevant job description for the Sustainability Projects Coordinator.

From the 2019 job posting:

The new position of Sustainability Projects Coordinator will implement and assist in evolving a growing suite of Pitt sustainability programs focused on staff and faculty, including the Pitt Green Office and Laboratory program, green event efforts, and a zero waste mindset.

The Coordinator will also lead support coordinated, timely and effective flow of information across multiple communications channels and platforms across the university. This position reports to the Director of Sustainability. The incumbent will work closely with sustainability-focused and -related staff across the university including Auxiliaries, Student Affairs, Purchasing, Facilities, and Communications.

The Sustainability Projects Coordinator will be responsible for the implementation of primary pieces of the existing and evolving Pitt Green Program Suite (Office, Laboratories, Events, etc.), setting priorities, engaging with stakeholders, and meeting deadlines and goals.

The Coordinator will provide information, technical support, and informal mentoring to university faculty, staff, and students to build consistency, awareness, and understanding of campus-wide sustainability programs and culture. Coordinator will engage divisions, departments, offices, & laboratories about sustainability – and how to implement and maintain more sustainable actions, while creating and maintaining strong relationships with participating individuals and entities. Coordinator will work closely with Student Affairs, which oversees other Pitt Green Suite programs, including Green Resident, Green Floor, Green Dorm, Green Student Organization, and Green (Student) Events.

Coordinator will need to organize engagement events and presentations, while developing standard operating procedures and other written program guidelines. Coordinator also be responsible for collecting and reporting on programmatic metrics while documenting impact of the Pitt Green Suite programs.

The Sustainability Projects Coordinator will implement communications within the University about new and existing sustainability initiatives and accomplishments.

The Coordinator will hone existing Pitt Sustainability communications infrastructure and implement creative approaches for raising the visibility of university sustainability efforts internally and externally.

The Coordinator will work with Director of Sustainability, Business & Operations’ Director of Communications, University Communications Manager(s) to create and implement a communications plan for Pitt Sustainability, supporting efforts to build awareness and a culture of sustainability at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Coordinator will work with the network of university-wide sustainability professionals, HR, the Office of University Communications, and other units to provide regular and on-going updates and education targeted to both internal and external audiences. Coordinator will also answer primary Pitt Sustainability email address.

The Coordinator will author messaging for internal and external audiences and use relevant communications platforms, including the Sustainable.Pitt.edu website; Pitt Sustainability newsletter and social media; and associated analytics platforms to improve and grow communications.

Support and implement campus-wide zero waste aspirations and strategies, working closely with Facilities Management, Business & Auxiliaries, and others across campus. Works with faculty, staff, and students to promote, inform, and improve waste reduction practices in like with Pitt Sustainability Plan goals.

Special projects as determined by Director of Sustainability, including, but not limited to regular university-wide sustainability reporting for Office of Sustainability annual report, AASHE STARS, etc.

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability coordination is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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