Green Speakeasy

The Green Speakeasy events were created to give both faculty and graduate students throughout the University the opportunity to meet and learn about each other’s research areas, with the goal of encouraging future collaboration and interdisciplinary work. If you have ideas for future speakers, please share them with us at

Upcoming Green Speakeasy Events

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Past Green Speakeasy Events

February 22, 2023
Green Speakeasy Research Slam
Todd Reeser, Chair, Humanities Council
Drew Armstrong, History of Art & Architecture
Daniela Fargione, Italian
Aaron Henderson, Studio Arts
Zach Horton, English
Apala Kundu, English
Ruth Mostern, History
Leopold Mvuezolo, French
Vicky Shen, History
John Walsh, French
Molly Warsh, History

February 22, 2022
Changing Energy for Good: Scaling an Equitable Energy Transition with the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet
Sundaa Bridgett-Jones, Chief Partnerships & Advocacy Officer, The Rockefeller Foundation

October 19, 2021
Food Shot: Launching Moonshots for Better Food

Sara Eckhouse,
Executive Director, FoodShot Global

April 13, 2021
Earth Month Teach-In: Leveraging Research to Inform Calls to Action

Melissa Bilec
, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
Jessica Burke
, Public Health
Emily Elliott
, Geology & Environmental Science
Shannah Gilliam
, Homewood Children’s Village
Mary Ohmer
, Social Work
Carla Ng
, Engineering
Kay Shimizu
, Political Science

March 16, 2021
Pitt Deans Talk Sustainability—Countering Climate Change, Forging Sustainability the Pitt Way

Ann Cudd, 
Provost, University of Pittsburgh
Carissa Slotterback, 
Dean, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Maureen Lichtveld, 
Dean, Graduate School of Public Health
Amy Wildermuth, 
Dean, School of Law

February 16, 2021
Asia—the Planet's Battleground for Climate Change

Divya Nawale,
International Research Associate, Asian Development Bank

November 19, 2020
Making the Invisible Visible: Developing Hyperlocal Air Monitoring Networks to Better Inform Policy Development and Enactment

Dr. Harold Rickenbacker,
Manager, Clean Air and Innovation Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

October 15, 2020 
Adapting to Climate Change: Lessons Learned Relocating an Alaskan Village

Donald Antrobus,
Village Infrastructure Protection Program Manager for the Denali Commission
Joel Neimeyer, P.E.,
retired Federal Engineer

September 24, 2020
Responsible Investment for a Sustainable World

Tom Croft,
Executive Director, Steel Valley Authority, and Managing Director, Heartland Capital Strategies Network
Hosted by the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation and the Center for Sustainable Business.

February 25, 2020
Pitt and Water Resources: Building University-wide Capacity to Meet Water Sustainability Challenges

Emily Elliott,
Director at the Pittsburgh Collaboratory for Water Research, Education & Outreach
Dr. Dan Bain,
Associate Director
Dr. Eitan Shelef,
Associate Director

October 16, 2019
Environmental Protection in the Trump Era: the Staining of Science, Economics and Legal Analysis

Shanti Gamper-Rabindran,
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Amy Wildermuth,
Dean, School of Law

April 4, 2017
Green Computing: Saving Energy In and Through Computing

Daniel Mosse, 
Professor, Computer Science

February 7, 2017
Managing What We Can’t See: Sustainable Groundwater Use

Brian Thomas, 
Assistant Professor, Geology and Environmental Science

November 15, 2016
Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development

Shanti Gamper-Rabindran, 
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

April 11, 2016
When Science isn’t Enough: Finding Interdisciplinary Solutions to Global Nitrogen Problems

Emily Elliott, 
Associate Professor, Geology and Planetary Science

February 1, 2016
Shifts in Sustainability, Seen through Multidisciplinary World History

Patrick Manning, 
Andrew W. Mellon Professor of World History, and Director, World History Center

November 2, 2015
Environmental Exposures and Human Health in Social Context

Jane Clougherty, 
Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

September 14, 2015
Can Economists Solve our Sustainability Challenges?

Jeremy Weber, 
Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

April 14, 2015
Why Is It So Hard to Find Truly Green Products, Yet So Easy to Find Green-Washed Products?

Eric Beckman, 
Co-Director, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation

March 16, 2015
Marcellus Shale, Sustainability Science and the PA Supreme Court

Bernie Goldstein, 
Former Dean, Graduate School of Public Health


Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
University of Pittsburgh
Swanson School of Engineering
153 Benedum Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15261


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