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: This Pittsburgh-based spin-off of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering connects regional stakeholders to science and engineering experts in energy-related fields to help inform community decision making.
- 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.
- The Sustainability Task Force of University of Pittsburgh’s Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation includes representations across disciplines, including science, history, engineering, business, health, policy, and medicine.
- Specific to energy, Carnegie Mellon University’s Scott Institute for Energy Innovation includes affiliations with over 100 energy experts from across the university, focusing on energy sources, uses, technologies, and impacts.
- 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):
Dr. Aurora Sharrard, Green Building Alliance, Bio, 412-773-6002, Google Scholar, @AuroraSharrard
- 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