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October 9, 2014

Sustainability: Awards, fellowships & more

Opportunities to nominate candidates for the University’s first sustainability awards or to submit ideas on making Pitt more environmentally sustainable have been activated at

In addition, details on new faculty sustainability fellowships have been posted, all part of the University’s declared Year of Sustainability. (See Sept. 11 University Times.)

Faculty have until Oct. 31 to apply for one of four new $25,000 fellowships in sustainability created by the Office of the Provost and the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (MCSI).

In addition to conducting research, fellows will help develop and teach a new sustainability course as part of the University’s upcoming undergraduate certificate or master’s degree in sustainability.

The yearlong fellowships come with the option for a one-year renewal. Fellows will be notified of their selection by Dec. 1.

Details and an application form are at

Seed grants available

MCSI has $225,000 to award in its latest round of seed grants for sustainability-related research and teaching.

Tenure or non-tenure-stream faculty can request up to $50,000 per grant. Applications are due by Jan. 30 and funding decisions will be announced by March 23. The one-year grants will be funded beginning July 1 and are eligible for renewal.

The complete request for proposals can be found at

Sustainability award nominees sought

Nominations are open for Pitt’s first annual sustainability awards.

Faculty, staff or students can nominate a student, student group or club, faculty member or team, staff member or team, or a department, program or group that is making an impact on campus sustainability.

The nomination form is at The deadline for submission is March 6.

Submit your ideas

Pitt’s sustainability task force and Facilities Management are awaiting suggestions from faculty, staff and students on reducing the University’s environmental impact and making Pitt more environmentally conscious.

Ideas can be submitted via the form posted at

Sustainability award winners and members of the campus community whose sustainable ideas are implemented will be recognized at a lunch this spring.

—Kimberly K. Barlow

Filed under: Feature,Volume 47 Issue 4