Effective October 1, 2022, Dr. Melissa Bilec has accepted the opportunity to serve as Special Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability in the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of the Provost. This appointment is a reflection of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation’s 2021-22 Sustainability Strategic Planning Process, which “was to determine how to most effectively advance a broad academic and research sustainability program to the benefit of our Pitt faculty, students, and community. In her role, Melissa will guide the process, ensuring broad input and alignment across schools and programs.”
Melissa will chair a Faculty Ad Hoc Committee on Sustainability to develop recommendations for a university-wide sustainability institute. Through this effort, the Ad Hoc Committee will engage a broad stakeholder group across the University. The recommendations will be ready for presentation to Pitt’s executive leadership in Spring 2023.