New Report Serves As A Road Map To Decarbonize Healthcare


Dr. Melissa Bilec was featured in this recent Forbes magazine article on the decarbonization of healthcare. Read it here

Green Speakeasy: Making the Invisible Visible


Join us next Thursday, November 19 at 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m for our next Green Speakeasy. 

Making the invisible visible: Developing hyperlocal air monitoring networks to better inform policy development and enactment by Dr. Harold Rickenbacker,Manager, Clean Air and Innovation, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

The emergence of lower-cost air quality sensors has redefined the power of comprehensive spatial-temporal data. But while technology is advancing and creating new hyperlocal insights, cities have struggled to shift from data to action or to implement strategies for air pollution mitigation and management. 

EDFs work spans domestically and internationally, utilizing both mobile and stationery monitoring networks to inform land-use zoning and permitting, implement emergency public health interventions, and advise the design of traffic management measures and transportation projects, to name a few. Hear about our work in London, UK, to measure pollution levels before and after the introduction of a new Ultra Low Emissions Zone, or work in Houston, TX, to identify elevated levels of benzene (~300 ppb) near petrochemical facilities after Hurricane Harvey. 

The routine availability of high-resolution air quality data in major urban areas will have transformative implications for environmental management and policy, air pollution science, and public health awareness and advocacy.

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MCSI Alumnus Contributes to the Fight Against Coronavirus


Read about Curtis Larimer's important work here.

Coronavirus & cleaning: Which green products are effective against viruses?


Read more here.

Faculty, staff, students selected for Pitt Sustainability Awards


Read about the incredible faculty, staff and students honored with this year's sustainability awards here!

Hydroponics in Homewood: Pitt students at the farm next door


Read The Pitt News' coverage of Pitt's Hydroponics Club work in Homewood here.

People Look to Their Neighbors on Climate Change Opinions, Pitt Study Finds


Read more here.

Community Changemakers: Pitt Hydroponics


Click here to read the highlight of Pitt Hydroponics in Sustainable America.

At Pitt, It Can Be Easy Being Green


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Rallying the Algae Warriors on an International Stage


CEE and Mascaro Center Student Kareem Rabbat and Team Reach Top 10 at Global Grand Challenges Summit in London 

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Undergraduate Summer Research Applications due February 28 2020


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Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Are Focus of New Center


Sustainability Award Nominations 2020


Nominations Open through February 28th


Pitt Green Office wants to boost sustainability efforts campus-wide


Converging on a Global Waste Solution


University of Pittsburgh leads multidisciplinary $1.3 million NSF award to address global waste through circular economy design

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Composting Coming to a University Site Near You


Composting is the next frontier in Pitt’s sustainability plan! Read More

Preparing for a Sustainable Future


MCSI Undergraduate Summer Research Program lets students contribute to innovative sustainability research before graduation. Read More

Engineering Sustainability Conference 2019


This bi-annual event feels like a homecoming to its participants. Read the article now.

2019 Sustainability Awards


These students and groups are making an extraordinary impact on campus sustainability! Read More

Survey Results Are In


Faculty want help finding partners on sustainability projects. Read More

MCSI Faculty and Student Honored


An MCSI faculty and student were honored in the very first Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement’s Partnerships of Distinction Awards. Read More

Athletics Joins Green Sports Alliance


Athletics joins the mission to promote healthy, sustainable communities where we live and play. Read more here

Local Hydropower Purchase


Pitt takes a huge step towards meeting the sustainability goal of 50% renewable energy by 2030. Read More

New Dining Options at Pitt


Pitt Dining supports campus-wide sustainability efforts with new dining locations, applications, and more! Read more here

Students spend time lending a hand in Iceland


Students spent their Alternative Spring Break learning about the successes and challenges of sustainability in Iceland. Read More

Jack Mascaro Interview Business Times


Read the interview in the Pittsburgh Business Times Here

Going Beyond Sustainability Week


Opportunities to Lean Green Extend Beyond Sustainability Week Read More

Sustainability Week News


Sustainability week events show dedication to campus green initiatives Read More

New Standards of Sustainability


Dr. Leanne Gilbertson is using a systems approach to designing nanotechnologies for agriculture

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Circular Materials Challenge Award


Juice pouches, ketchup packets have a life sentence in the landfill. Pitt is engineering a fix. Read More on how Eric Beckman is working to change this.



Pitt Unveils The Sustainable Engineering Masters Program


An information session on the program was recently held.

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Hooked on Aquaponics


Congratulations to The Aquaponics Project student group

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Food Recovery Set to Expand


Applauded by city and followed in City's plan to map out a sustainable future.Read More

Pitt Wins University Division Green Workplace Challenge


The awards were announced on Thursday September 14, 2017.

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Dining Services Expands Sustainable Practices and Food Options


Pitt's dining services changes have been made based input of the Grub Club, a student run club.

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Engineering Students Find Sustainable Solutions Through Summer Research


Angela Leo and Kendra LaVallee take top honors at the recent Mascaro Center URP Symposium

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Naomi Anderson


One of the first two students to earn a bachelor of science degree in environmental engineering

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Pitt Chefs Get a Taste of Vegan Cooking


Pitt chefs learn new ways to add tasty meatless meal options

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Students and Sustainability


Students play a key role in furthering the University's sustainability efforts

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New Master of Science in Sustainable Engineering set to launch this summer


This program will help students identify and address complex environmental and socioeconomic problems

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2017 Faculty Fellows in Sustainability are announced


Congratulations to the Mascaro center's 2017 Faculty Fellows.

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Rescuing Not Wasting Food


Pitt's "Food Rescuers" works to reduce waste while feeding the country

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Laura Zullo: Managing Pitt's Carbon Footprint


Laura Zullo was recently featured for her work on sustainability by the PittChronicle

Read the article here

Teach the Teacher: Mascaro Center Shares Green Engineering with Area Schools


The Pitt Chronicle spent some time at MCSI's Teach the Teacher workshop that was held June 20&21, 2016. Pitt Chronicle Article

MCSI's David Sanchez honored with Energy Leadership Award


MCSI’s David Sanchez is honored as a 2016 Energy Leadership Awardee. Click here to read more.

Melissa Bilec Receives Mentor Award


Congratulations to MCSI's Melissa Bilec who was awarded the 2016 UPPDA mentor award. Read More

NSF Awards Grant to Dr. Susan Fullerton and Dr. Eric Beckman


The purpose of the grant is to study two-dimensional semiconductors with the goal of demonstrating a switch that requires less power than conventional silicon-based transistors.  Read More

2016 Energy Leadership Awardees Named


Congratulations to Swanson School of Engineering Faculty for being recognized with 2016 Energy Leadership Awards from the Pittsburgh Business Times.

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David Sanchez named 2015 Faculty Diversity Award Recipient


Congratulations David. Read More

Pitt announces winners of the 2016 Sustainability Awards


Photo above: MCSI Co-Director Dr. Eric Beckman with student award winners Naomi Anderson and Anna Greenberg, and Senior Vice Chancellor Dr. Kathy Humphrey.

PITTSBURGH (April 14, 2016) … The University of Pittsburgh this week recognized four individuals and two organizations for making an extraordinary impact on campus sustainability at its second annual Pitt Sustainability Awards. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and coordinated by Pitt’s Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, the awards honor those who have demonstrated an impact on sustainability through generating awareness, implementing projects or catalyzing new initiatives in education, research or practice.

Kathy Humphrey, Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement and Chief of Staff, presented the 2016 awards to:

Faculty Category:
Ward Allebach, MSES, Geology & Environmental Science
Jacob Bethem, MSPhil, adjunct faculty, Pitt Greensburg
Student Category (2 co-recipients):
Naomi Anderson, civil and environmental engineering
Anna Greenberg, environmental studies

Student Group Category:
University of Thriftsburgh
Group Category:
Surplus Property

“This event is an opportunity for us to recognize game-changers at the University who are improving the day-to-day sustainable practices of everyone at Pitt,” noted Gena Kovalcic, MCSI co-director. “We’re thankful for their imagination and innovation, and for making an impact on our University community.”

The review committee members include:
Melissa Bilec, Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Deputy Director, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
Gena Kovalcik, Co-director, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
Erika Ninos, Student Sustainability Coordinator, Office of Student Affairs
Joe Streets, Student Intern, Student Office of Sustainability
Laura Zullo, Senior Manager of Energy Initiatives, Office of Facilities Management


Pitt Students to Host Sustainability Symposium April 15


Students from the University of Pittsburgh will present the sustainability work they have accomplished at the ninth annual Student Sustainability Symposium from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 15 in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room, 3959 Fifth Ave., Oakland. The event is free and open to the public.

MCSI awards more than $190,000 in research seed grants to four Pitt faculty


PITTSBURGH (March 22, 2016) … The external advisory committee of the University of Pittsburgh’s Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (MCSI) has awarded four faculty members with research seed grants totaling $190,630 for the 2016/2017 year. The annual program enables faculty to supplement sustainably-focused research with undergraduate, graduate and/or post-doctoral student support.

This year’s recipients include:


  • “Pollination in the city: Designing urban pollinator gardens that are resilient to air pollution.” Tia-Lynn Ashman, Professor of Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Biological Sciences.
  • “β- Ga2O3 Nanoelectronics: A Path to a Sustainable Semiconductor Technology for High Efficiency Electricity Conversion from Renewables.” William Stanchina, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering.
  • “Desalination of sequestration and release of water in poly crystals.” Sachin Velankar, Associate Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering.
  • “A novel process for efficient, decentralized ammonia synthesis: towards fertilizer production with drastically reduced environmental footprint.” Götz Veser, Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering.

MCSI developed the research seed grant program to provide faculty with funding support to allow students to participate in high-quality research, teaching, outreach and creative endeavors. The goals of the grants are: (1) seed funding to develop ideas to the point where external funding can be obtained; (2) awards to support scholarship in areas where external funding is extremely limited; (3) resources to introduce curricular innovations into the classroom; or (4) tools or techniques to encourage community outreach and education.


New Major in Environmental Sciences


The University’s Department of Geology and Planetary Science recently made two substantial changes: updating its name to Department of Geology and Environmental Science and developing a new degree option.

One Pitt, one planet


On a muggy September evening, a group of 30 University of Pittsburgh students harvested food on a green patch of land in Oakland surrounded by older brick buildings and urban hubbub. They picked tomatoes, green peppers, raspberries, kale, beets, turnips and grapes, filling large plastic bins in an effort to promote a sustainable future and feed local residents who live below the poverty line. 

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Pitt Names 2015 Faculty Fellows in Sustainability


PITTSBURGH—As part of the University of Pittsburgh’s ongoing Year of Sustainability, the Office of the Provost and Pitt’s Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation have announced the recipients of the 2015 Faculty Fellowships in Sustainability. Daniel Bain, assistant professor in the Department of Geology and Planetary Science within the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences; Walter Carson, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in the Dietrich School; and Jeremy Weber, assistant professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, will each receive a one-year fellowship with $25,000 in annual support and the option for renewal for an additional year. Fellows are expected to contribute to research within and across disciplines during the fellowship period and will develop new sustainability-related courses.

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Engaging Sustainable Thinking


On most American university campuses, the term “sustainability” has moved beyond traditional “feel good” activities to way-of-life thinking. Recycling and composting in the dining hall are as much the norm as green design in campus architecture. What’s now important is encouraging sustainable thinking across the curriculum and throughout the community and engaging students, faculty and staff to integrate sustainability in academics, research and innovation.

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The Year of Sustainability: It’s not just for students


Last month Pitt freshmen gathered outside the Petersen Events Center with upraised LED lights. In their bid to break the world record for the largest torchlit image, they assembled in a representation of the world globe, launching what Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Patricia E. Beeson has declared the Year of Sustainability at Pitt.

The emphasis on sustainability isn’t for students alone. Event funding, awards and the opportunity to suggest ways Pitt can become greener all are available to faculty and staff.

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As part of Pitt's Year of Sustainability and the theme "One Pitt One Planet," 3,800 members of the Class of 2018 attempted to set a world record for the largest torchlit image. Congratulations Class of 2018 on your World Record Attempt


Congratulations to The University of Pittsburgh Class of 2018 on your world record attempt to reclaim the Largest Torchlit Image!

Watch the video here

Provost Beeson Names 2014-2015 "The Year of Sustainability"


New and returning Pitt students who “think green” will find themselves in good company this fall.

A Sustainable Solutions Competition, a zero-waste Pitt Panthers men’s basketball game event, symposia, the planning of new classes on sustainability—all are on the docket for the 2014-15 school year, which Pitt Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Patricia E. Beeson has named The Year of Sustainability.

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University of Pittsburgh Announces $37.5 Million Investment in Support of Sustainability Academics and Research


PITTSBURGH—To mark the tenth anniversary of the University of Pittsburgh’s Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (MCSI) and to build upon the ongoing philanthropy of two of Pitt’s most generous donors, Pitt officials announced a new $37.5 million funding initiative comprising various endowments and current funds to support sustainability-related academics and research. Through the leadership of a new Sustainability Task Force, established by the Office of the Provost, the University will extend sustainability initiatives throughout Pitt’s academic programs and research initiatives.

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Pitt Launches Student Challenge to "Green" Old Buildings


$5,000 cash prize to Southwestern Pennsylvania undergrads who design affordable energy-conserving method that pays for itself in one year

PITTSBURGH-The University of Pittsburgh's Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation will launch a cash-prize design challenge to undergraduate students in Southwestern Pennsylvania to create a technique for "greening" old buildings that carries a low-price tag and a quick payoff, a significant issue in older cities such as Pittsburgh.



Pitt Trains Budding Engineers to "Think Green"


University's Mascaro Sustainability Initiative creates Sustainable Engineering Fellowship Program through Department of Education grant

PITTSBURGH--Dwindling natural resources mean that engineers of the 21st century, more than ever before, must be conscious of environmental constraints. To help train the next generation of engineers to think green, the Mascaro Sustainability Initiative (MSI) in the University of Pittsburgh's School of Engineering has created a Sustainable Engineering Fellowship Program, which will begin in fall 2006.

Pitt to Teach Green Building in the Tropics


University receives $3.2 million NSF grant to train students in sustainable engineering in São Paulo, Brazil


PITTSBURGH—The world's rapidly increasing population is straining natural resources, necessitating a sustainable approach to development. Starting this fall, University of Pittsburgh students will be able to travel to the University at Campinas (UNICAMP) in São Paulo, Brazil, to conduct research in green construction and sustainable water use technology under a new Pitt program funded by a $3.2 million Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Going green


Pitt's Mascaro program among first in field

Jack Mascaro was introduced to "green" construction before most people were aware there was such a thing.

It was during the early 1990s that Mr. Mascaro, founder and CEO of North Side-based Mascaro Construction Co. LP, found himself working with William McDonough, one of the nation's first "green" architects, on office space for Teresa Heinz and one of the Heinz trusts at the former CNG Tower, Downtown.


Pitt Engineering Faculty and Alumni Win Carnegie Science Center Awards for Excellence


PITTSBURGH—Eric Beckman, Bayer Professor and chair of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, will be honored April 12 with a Carnegie Science Center Award for Excellence in the Environmental category. The awards recognize the most outstanding recent achievements in science and technology in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

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