Aurora Sharrard now Pitt's executive director of sustainability

Aurora Sharrard has been promoted to Pitt’s executive director of sustainability.

In her leadership role, Sharrard spearheads sustainability initiatives and green practices throughout the University, advancing Pitt as a global sustainability leader. A national environmental expert, Sharrard leads Pitt Sustainability strategic planning, implementation and analytics, collaborating across departments to reach collective goals.

Sharrard joined Pitt in 2018 to lead the first Office of Sustainability, championing innovative solutions that have reduced greenhouse gas emissions, incorporated sustainability into the curriculum and embedded a culture of sustainability university-wide.

Prior, Sharrard worked at Green Building Alliance for 11 years, leading the nonprofit in advancing innovation in the built environment. She holds a master’s and Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering with an emphasis in green design from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Tulane University.