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



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



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