FSDP: Sustainability Professional Certificate Program

The Sustainability Professional Certificate Program (SUST) is designed to reinforce the University’s commitment to sustainability with a series of workshops open to all employees. The workshops address both individual behaviors and University programs that impact local, national, and global efforts to become more sustainable (balancing equity, environment, and economics). Participants will leave these workshops with a deeper understanding of sustainability principles and the important role they play in helping Pitt succeed in achieving the goals set forth in the Pitt Sustainability Plan. Participants will also have an increased awareness of how Pitt’s actions contribute to Pittsburgh, U.S., and global sustainability endeavors. All workshops required to earn the SUST certificate will be offered on a rotating basis each fall and spring through the Faculty and Staff Development Program (FSDP).

Participants should track their own progress offline and submit the online SUST Completion Form once all six workshops have been completed.

The Sustainability Professional Certificate Program consists of the following four required workshops and two elective workshops:

Four required core workshops:

  • Sustainability Foundations: Balancing the Three E's
  • Sustainability: Circular, Regenerative, & Just Economies
  • Sustainability: Environment, Ecosystems, and You
  • Sustainability: Building an Equitable Future

Two elective workshops:

  • One Diversity & Inclusion workshop: Choose one Diversity & Inclusion course offered through the Faculty & Staff Development Program
  • Pitt Blue & Gold = Green
  • Sustainable Investments
  • Sustainable Landscapes
  • Sustainable Food Systems
  • Sustainable Community Development

Sustainability Foundations: Balancing the Three E’s

Presenters: Samantha Ford, Sustainability Projects Coordinator
Ellie Cadden, Sustainability Engagement Assistant
   Office of Sustainability / Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2022
Time: 1–3 p.m.
Location: Virtual

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

Hearing a lot about "sustainability" at Pitt and elsewhere? This workshop provides foundational knowledge of the three dimensions of sustainability: economics, environment, and equity. Participants will learn how these disciplines relate to the challenges of climate change, food security, and racial justice and how they can contribute to solutions in the local, national, and global community. Discussion of solutions will start with opportunities and innovation at Pitt and in Pittsburgh.

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Sustainability: Circular, Regenerative, and Just Economies

Presenters: Jennifer Barnes, Supplier Diversity & Sustainability Coordinator
Chris Gassman, Associate Director, Center for Sustainable Business
   Office of Sustainability / Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2022
Time: 1–3 p.m.
Location: Virtual

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

Hearing a lot of acronyms about investments and the economy, but wondering what CSR, ESG, and SRI really mean? This workshop will provide foundational knowledge on sustainable business practices. Participants will learn about sustainable purchasing, supply chain management, the circular economy, and best business practices that create positive social and environmental outcomes. This workshop will give participants the tools to tap into the wealth of Pitt resources (e.g., Center for Sustainable Business) to become more responsible consumers and help create and support regenerative and just economies. 

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Sustainability: Environment, Ecosystems, and You

Presenters: Samantha Ford, Sustainability Projects Coordinator
Ellie Cadden, Sustainability Engagement Assistant
   Office of Sustainability / Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation

Date: Friday, November 11, 2022
Time: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Location: Virtual

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

Heard about Pitt’s commitment to carbon neutrality, renewable energy, alternative transportation, pollinators, and protecting our local ecosystems? Participants in this workshop will learn about environmental stewardship, Pitt’s related goals, and how individuals & departments can help us improve our local and global environment. Learn about our recycling, composting, and specialty waste diversion efforts, while diving deeper into understanding climate change, ecologically friendly landscapes, and how you and Pitt can help build a resilient future for our region.

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Sustainable Food Systems

Presenters: Nicholas Goodfellow, Sustainability Coordinator
   Business and Auxiliary Services
Lisia De Lima Spellman, Sustainability Manager
   Pitt Eats by Compass

Date: Thursday, December 1, 2022
Time: 1–3 p.m.
Location: 342 Craig Hall (in-person workshop)

Who Should Attend: All faculty and staff

Have you ever wondered about the impact of food on society and the planet? In this class learn about how Pitt is eating its way to a more sustainable future for all! Dive deeper into our food system and find out the impact each of us can make with our food choices and about topics such as food sovereignty, food deserts, GMOs, fair trade, organics, and food waste.

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