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This virtual networking event took place on April 16, 2022 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Speakers included Brittany Reno, the mayor of Sharpsburg Borough, and a representative from Duquesne Light. Students created a video, presentation, and/or infographic. Students and faculty competed in teams to come up with solutions to a proposed challenge question: How can we increase the uptake of energy efficiency incentives by residents and local businesses that are offered to them by their utilities and/or municipality?
We celebrated Financial Literacy Month with the Financial Wellness Program.
The University of Pittsburgh Career Center hosted a virtual “Careers in Environment and Sustainability” networking event on April 6th, 2022.

The Financial Wellness Program was part of the Financial Literacy Month celebrations at the University of Pittsburgh.

Based on requests from Members, this Spring’s Forum focused on the Great Resignation and the Worker of the Future. This was an engaging opportunity to share best practices from experience and learn from cutting-edge insights.
An exclusive event for C-Suite executives from CSB member companies, the CSB Solution Saloon was an opportunity for these executives to hear from Strategic Advisory Council member Paul Polman, who was described by the Financial Times as the "a standout CEO of the past decade."
In February 2022, the CSB held its first in a series of strategy primers on our workstreams, with the first focusing on our ESG Rosetta Stone workstream and the wicked problems impeding ESG literacy for a range of stakeholders including investors, business leaders, employees and consumers.
This training, a part of the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business Professional Development week
With this webinar, we officially kicked off our Workforce 100% workstream. Participants heard from a panel of industry experts on the wicked problems impeding progress on decent work for all. A range of topics were discussed, including how to create more transparency in companies on modern slavery in their supply chains, how to create fairer workplaces, and how to more clearly define metrics on what constitutes decent work for all.
An open conversation with the Innovation Institute, Center for Sustainable Business, and entrepreneurial companies accelerating the just transition to a clean and circular economy.

Theme: "The How and What of ESG Measurement and Disclosure" 

This was an exclusive and intensive working meeting hosted by the Center for Sustainable Business (CSB) for our corporate sponsors and select invited guests. Through keynote addresses, panels and disusions with participants, we gathered the following challenges and opportunities related to this year's theme, "The How and What of ESG Measurement and Disclosure":

Center Director CB Bhattacharya joined Elena Morettini, Director of Globant’s Sustainable Business Studio, and Edelman U.S. CEO Lisa Osborne Ross for a conversation about how business leaders are incorporating Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors into their business strategies in our increasingly purpose-driven society.
Center Associate Director Chris Gassman moderated an event on three inspiring stories on governance innovation in the energy sector, a just transition to a circular and clean economy, and a climate change civic engagement toolkit as part of the Innovate4Cities virtual conference, co-hosted by the IPCC. The primary goal of the conference was to bring together city leaders, scientists, researchers, innovators, academics, youth, and business leaders to catalyze engagement, new partnerships and initiatives between scientists and practitioners and to focus on regional priorities for climate action in cities, and innovative solutions and approaches.
Center Associate Director Chris Gassman facilitated a thematic breakout on carbon transformation and climatetech as part of the MP4MA Kick-Off Summit. MP4MA maps out a vision for an equitable economic recovery in the Upper Appalachia/Ohio River Valley region, while laying the foundation for a robust renewable energy sector. This plan has been spearheaded by Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, in partnership with nine key cities across four states in the region. The Summit was led by the City of Pittsburgh and Resilient Cities Catalyst, bringing a new approach to activating these opportunities.
Center Associate Director Chris Gassman, as well as member companies Ingevity and Peoples, participated in this event that was hosted by Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities. Odyssey Day is an outreach and education event dedicated to promoting the use of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. It is coordinated by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) headquartered at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Center Director CB Bhattacharya spoke at this event from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) on ESG measurement and disclosure.
With this webinar, we officially kicked off our Decarbonize Middle America workstream. Over 50 participants joined to hear from a panel of industry experts on the wicked problems impeding the just transition to a clean and circular economy. A range of topics were discussed, including the needed technological innovations to accelerate decarbonization, how to make sure no one is left behind in the transition to a decarbonized future, and how to align investment and government policy with this transition.
Pittsburgh Earth Day is a citywide celebration of advancements made in sustainability, technology, and innovation where people live, work and play.
There is an overarching global reality and global challenge of climate crisis which is very deep. World leaders have committed to net zero carbon emission by mid century. So together we are moving towards a world with not just better planet but a better life. It gives us a chance to implement new technologies that will create new jobs, better air quality and higher quality of life in a safer environment. This can only be achievable when there is three way alliance among government, business and academia.