PITTSBURGH (Feb. 19, 2020) … As the effects of climate
change rapidly become more apparent, the University of Pittsburgh is
accelerating part of its sustainability plan. In line with its 250th
anniversary, the University commits to becoming carbon neutral by 2037.
On Mar. 16, 2021, the Mascaro Center for Sustainable
Innovation (MCSI) will celebrate Pitt’s newest sustainability-minded deans and
reflect on the work ahead to achieve these carbon
Following a welcome message from Provost Ann Cudd, the Graduate
School of Public and International Affairs' Carissa Slotterback and the Graduate
School of Public Health’s Maureen Lichtveld will discuss their work in
sustainability and their hopes for Pitt’s sustainability efforts.
Dean Lichtveld studies
environmental public health, focusing on environmentally induced disease,
health disparities, environmental health policy, disaster preparedness, public
health systems, and community resilience. Her research examines the cumulative
impact of chemical and non-chemical stressors on communities facing
environmental health threats, disasters, and health disparities.
Slotterback is widely recognized for her research and teaching on public
engagement and decision making in environmental, land use, and transportation
planning. She has led a number of initiatives focused on interdisciplinary and
engaged research and education and has held a number of leadership roles with
the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.
The School of Law’s Dean Amy Wildermuth
will moderate the discussion as the panel and participants share ideas about
the future of sustainability at the University.
“We are excited to bring together three of our deans to
share their vision for sustainability at Pitt and forge a path toward carbon neutrality,”
said Gena Kovalcik, co-director of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable
Innovation. “The Pitt Sustainability Plan was implemented in 2018, and while we
have made great strides, it is only through these cross-campus collaborations
that our goals will be achieved.”
The Green Speakeasy series was created in 2014 as a
mechanism to bring together faculty, staff and student communities and to
foster and advance interdisciplinary teaching, research and engagement at the
intersection of the three tenets of sustainability.
This talk is sponsored by MCSI, in partnership
with Pitt Sustainability, and part of the Swanson School’s 175th
Anniversary Year of Engineering Excellence. You can register for the virtual
event at https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cwmJr6YgQwELrzo.
Contact: Leah Russell