Our host institutions sincerely welcome you to the region and invite you to explore their sustainability programs. Together we can engage campus change agents to lead the global sustainability transformation.
On behalf of Chatham University, I’m pleased to welcome you to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the 2018 AASHE Conference and Expo.
Inspired by alumna Rachel Carson ’29, Chatham has been recognized internationally as a leader in the field of sustainability, currently ranked #22 nationally for sustainability achievements in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS), selected as one of the Top 50 Green Colleges by The Princeton Review, and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places “contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for green living.” We were also very pleased to be chosen by Second Nature to be part of their “We’re Still In” delegation at the most recent UN Climate Change Summit in Bonn.
Our commitment is reified in the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus, the world’s first academic community built from the ground up for the study of sustainability. Eden Hall Campus features:
Eden Hall Campus is also home to Chatham’s Falk School of Sustainability & Environment, which houses undergraduate and graduate programs in Food Studies and in Sustainability, and I hope that you will have the opportunity to visit us there during your stay. We are actively seeking partners to collaborate in research and build degree pathways for students interested in these fields– i.e. from community college to our Bachelor’s degrees or for Bachelor’s students to get an accelerated path into a Master’s degree.
The City of Pittsburgh has been leading a sustainability rebirth, to which we’ve been delighted to contribute. I wish you an inspiring visit and a productive conference.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education to Pittsburgh at such an exciting time in our city’s history. As members of the higher education community, you represent institutions from around the globe with the common interest of leading global sustainability transformation. On behalf of Duquesne University, where the Catholic Spiritan heritage imparts a world view that challenges us to embrace our role as responsible stewards of the environment, I am thrilled to have Pittsburgh be the stage for a robust and inspiring dialogue during your annual meeting.
This city where I was born and have worked most of my career provides an ideal living laboratory for your exploration. Our community has embraced groundbreaking methods and approaches to environmental issues, including the city’s creation of an innovative model for land development, a corporate commitment to promote sustainable business practices and nonprofit agencies’ focus to develop viable communities.
Just as Pittsburgh has been a pioneer in environmental issues and transformation, so has Duquesne University. For decades we have integrated sustainability into every facet of our campus community. Our co-generation plant provides clean energy-both heating and cooling-to power our facilities, a number of which are LEED-certified. Our curriculum has integrated cross-disciplinary approaches to sustainability. Our Center for Environmental Research and Education, which conducts biennial university greenhouse gas emissions inventory, focuses on multidisciplinary education and research that prepares students for careers in emerging areas of environmental science. Our MBA Sustainable Business Practices program, from which my daughter Becca recently graduated, is ranked No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 5 globally by Corporate Knights and the 2017 Better World MBA.
With this in mind, it’s natural for Pittsburgh and Duquesne, along with many other stakeholders, to collaborate on the pioneering Uptown Eco-Innovation District, a dynamic neighborhood plan that combines the goals of both eco-districts and innovation districts to identify ways in which redevelopment can improve the environment, support the needs of residents, and expand entrepreneurship and job growth. I hope you’re able to learn more about this and other exciting initiatives while you’re here.
With best wishes for an enjoyable and productive meeting,
Kenneth G. Gormley
Welcome to Pittsburgh and the AASHE Conference and Expo!
In higher education today, the work of supporting an equitable, environmentally responsible and economically robust society continues to evolve and intensify.
At the University of Pittsburgh, we are proud to do our part by taking dramatic steps to advance sustainability across our campus community. And, in doing so, we are joining institutions throughout North America in rising to this important challenge.
Our actions—articulated in the Pitt Sustainability Plan—include commitments to:
These goals are just a start. They are embedded in larger efforts—and fit within an even greater narrative—that our University is honored to own.
This is an exciting time to be in Pittsburgh and a great time to explore the University of Pittsburgh. I hope that you have an amazing few days with us and that the people you meet, the ideas you share and the opportunities you seize will propel meaningful, powerful and sustainable change in your own home campuses and communities.