Expert Sources

With a wealth of universities and research institutions, Pittsburgh has copious experts on a variety of environmental topics. The expert sources listed here are by no means complete (and will continue to become more robust). 

  • Nearly 40 Science Ambassadors are connected through a Pittsburgh-based program wherein dozens of research experts are connected to community stakeholders to inform community decision-making on energy-related issues. Formerly an activity of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering, this program helps leverage local science and engineering innovators in the service of the community.
  • RAND Corporation’s Pittsburgh office performs research and analysis on local, national, and international topics ranging from child health and well-being, national security, the structure of Pittsburgh Public Schools, sustainability, growth, development, and regional government and infrastructure.

By Topic:

  • Climate Change Mitigation & Water Resources (energy & water efficiency, climate action planning, green infrastructure)
    Dr. Michael Blackhurst, University of Pittsburgh, Bio, 412-624-5132
  • Energy (renewable energy systems, smart grid technologies, Direct Current research, & energy efficiency):
    Dr. Greg Reed, University of Pittsburgh, Bio, (412) 389-7503,
  • Green Buildings (certifications, measured performance, life cycle impacts):
    Jenna Cramer, Green Building Alliance, Bio, 412-773-6005, @Jenna_Cramer
  • Robotics (community-based technology, sensors, air quality, electric vehicles):
    Dr. llah Nourbakhsh, Carnegie Mellon University, Bio, 412-268-2007, News & Media
  • Sustainability & Disaster Resilience (international sustainable development & disaster policy and relief):
    Dr. Peter Walker, Chatham University, Bio, 412-365-1842
  • Transportation & Resiliency (electric vehicle charging, autonomous vehicles, & more):
    Dr. Costa Samaras, Carnegie Mellon University, Bio, 412-268-1658, Google Scholar, @CostaSamaras
  • Water & Resiliency (flood risk, deep uncertainty, climate adaptation):
    Dr. Jordan Fischbach, RAND Corporation, Bio, 412-683-2300, x4608,  Google Scholar, @fischinwater