Fortune 1000 Mapping

March 16, 2023

text "Fortune 1000 Mapping" on background of map of western PA and eastern OH with inset photo of Cara Steinberg

How can we best visualize corporate sustainability?
Thanks to Cara Steinberg, a Center Intern, we now have an interactive map which helps identify companies in Middle America based on their sustainable progress and business standings. Read about her methods, goals, and potential future steps here>>


February Newsletter

February 15, 2023

I was talking to our Decarbonize Middle America program manager, Lou Tierno, the other day and he is SO PUMPED for upcoming events. Take a look at our new projects to strengthen Middle America for a thriving, decarbonized, future.

Embracing Sustainability Generalists: The Transition to a Just & Inclusive Green Economy Includes US All

February 15, 2023

5 people sit on a platform as panelists at the 3rd anniversary event

Why and How on embedding sustainability across all functions of your business. Read our takeaways here >>

January Newsletter

January 18, 2023

Happy New Year! We have a packed year with both new projects and familiar faces. Read on for a digest of updates or head to the website for the latest on News, Careers, and Research Opportunities.

Thank You - 2022 Year in Review

December 15, 2022

Team members from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Sustainable Business smile and pose for a group photo on a sidewalk near a tall grass field

As we enter our 4th year, we reflect on the last 12 months of accomplishments in our annual report below. Our purpose is that we want to help businesses thrive for all, and the thrive for all part is really important because for too long businesses have really only worked for the top 1% and not for the other 99%.

Many companies today know they have to be sustainable, they know the Why, but they don't know the What and the How, and that's where we come in.

Continue reading our end-of-the-year newsletter here.

2022 Impact Report | Center for Sustainable Business

December 14, 2022

Galvanizing businesses to thrive for all stakeholders. The CSB 2022 Impact Report includes snapshots of our growing team, a complete sponsors list, and information on our workstreams, MBA students, ongoing projects, research, and our 3rd anniversary.

View the full report here.

CSB Director Professor CB Bhattacharya Named on 2022 Impact 50 List

December 12, 2022

“City & State Pennsylvania” has released its annual list of Pennsylvanians who are making the world a better place. Congratulations to CSB Director Professor CB Bhattacharya for being selected! View the full list here.


December 12, 2022

Rural & remote Appalachia is prime to be a global leader in clean energy resources and circular economy practices. In collaboration with a team of stakeholders, we're proud to support this endeavor in response to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s OCED/ERA RFI.

CSB staff, along with William Alexander Sapon, President of Tri-Sector Associates and alum of the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business, prepared and submitted an RFI response in collaboration with thought leaders from the University of Pittsburgh, the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), the Ohio River Valley Institute, the Steel Valley Authority, the Heartland Capital Strategies, the ReImagine Appalachia Coalition, In2Market Inc., Resilient Cities Catalyst and the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI).

Since the release of the Marshall Plan for Middle America Roadmap (#MP4MA), the Center for Sustainable Business has continued to consult with stakeholders, thought leaders, and local policymakers across 9 major metro areas in Middle America to facilitate opportunities for all stakeholders in the region to thrive. Together we can support a just transition to a circular economy and support the #Appalachian region in becoming a global leader in clean energy resources.

View the full RFI and accompanying press release >>

50 Takeaways from Sustaining Sustainability

December 9, 2022


In November, we released our 50th episode, "Thinking Long-Term & Constructive Disruption" with Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner. In each episode, CB asks the guest what their call to action for listeners is, to celebrate 50 episodes, here are 50 actionable steps you and/or your organization can take to pursue sustainability in your business. Continue reading

ESG Rosetta Stone Strategy Primer

November 23, 2022

The ESG Rosetta Stone lunch & learn included discussions about the metrics needed in order to assess strategies toward a just decarbonization transition. After a keynote by Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, panelists Vanessa Miler-Fels and Caroline Narich unpacked the need for a centralized action plan for decarbonization, the use of human capital and social impact as a type of metric in assessing decarbonization and climate impact, the main challenges for supply chain carbon accounting and emission reduction, and more. Continue reading.

Upcoming Events, Funding Opportunities, and Jobs | CSB Newsletter

November 16, 2022

Meet the newest members of the CSB team, register for upcoming events, and more. Read our newsletter here.

Solar-power project takes shape on farm near Allegheny-Beaver county line | University Times

November 4, 2022

3 people stand in a field with solar panels on a cloudy day

Senior Associate Director, Chris Gassman, and Decarbonize Middle America Program Manager, Lou Tierno III, joined Pitt Sustainability staff, students, and faculty on a field trip to the University's new solar farm. The Gaucho Solar Project is one of the largest solar projects in Western PA and will supply electricity to the University of Pittsburgh for the next 20 years.

Net Impact Circular Plastics Challenge 

October 2022

Net Impact Plastics Challenge October 2022 posterWhat if we had solutions that would improve plastics circularity way before the consumer was involved?

The Circular Plastics Challenge challenged innovators to consider how we can take the hard work of plastics circularity off of the consumer and design scalable, systems-based solutions to answer the question: “How might we keep plastics in the economy and out of the environment by using upstream innovation to reduce plastic leakage?” Download the brief to learn how to get started in your own plastics circularity journey, and stayed tuned for winner information!

How a tank full of powder turns natural gas into fuel for pickup trucks | WESA

October 25, 2022

2 men stand in front of a fueling terminal with a sign in the background that reads "Columbia Gas"

Senior Associate Director, Chris Gassman, and Ingevity Graduate Fellow, Ziyi Song, joined Columbia Gas and Member Company, Ingevity, on Tuesday October 25th as they unveiled a natural gas fueling station in Dunbar Township. Ingevity's solution is powered by methane captured from waste water treatement plants and Ziyi's Fellowship project involves market segmentation research of how this can be a bridge solution on a path to electric mid-duty vehicles in the future.

"The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection helped to fund the pilot through its Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program. Ingevity says its natural gas platform emits about 25% fewer greenhouse gasses than comparable gasoline and diesel systems. But the reduction climbs to between 80% and 130%, the company says, when the fuel is captured from sources of pollution such as landfills, wastewater facilities and agricultural sludge ponds, all of which release methane. Critics note, however, that natural gas infrastructure also leaks the potent greenhouse gas."

Expert: Corporate sustainability has to be in companies' DNA | Pittsburgh Business Times

October 24, 2022

"We need hands on deck to fight inequality, climate change, to fight hunger, all the environmental and social ills we have going on," said Prof. CB Bhattacharya in a recent Pittsburgh Business Times article that featured his research with the Harris Poll.

Women Entrepreneurship Week

October 17 - 21, 2022

Throughout the week of October 17 – 21, the Big Idea Center (as part of Pitt’s Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship) showcased a variety of women entrepreneurs from the Pittsburgh region. They shared their unique stories of what it’s like to be a woman in the world of entrepreneurship and what important lessons they’ve learned along the way.

New Fellows, Podcast Guests, and Hands-On Learning Opportunities | CSB October Newsletter

October 17, 2022

Get to know our new Fellows for the academic year, celebrate 3 years of sustainability at Katz, and learn more about our exciting events coming up at the center. Read our newsletter here.

Center for Sustainable Business Celebrates Three Years of Progress | Pitt Business

October 14, 2022

Happy 3rd anniversary Center for Sustainable Business

“Through innovative research, specialized education and training, and critical thought leadership, the Center helps companies learn how to leverage their investments in sustainability to generate better business and societal outcomes,” said CB Bhattacharya, the H.J. Zoffer Chair in Sustainability and Ethics. 

“We also are teaching graduate and undergraduate students to act as ethically responsible leaders. Students learn how companies manage their people, planet, and profit so that all stakeholders may benefit from a long-term approach to the relationship between business, society, and the environment.”

We're celebrating our three-year anniversary this October with ongoing commitments from 12 global and regional companies, a coalition dedicated to cleaner energy in the Ohio Valley, and expanded opportunities for students to drive the future of sustainability. The Center, established in the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration, has been working since 2019 to help companies and students learn how to leverage investments in sustainability. The anniversary is being commemorated on October 20, 2022, with presentations and discussions among community leaders and corporate executives with students, faculty, and staff from Katz and the Pitt community to further drive the commitment. Continue reading.

Biden labor proposal shakes up gig economy that relies on contractors

October 11, 2022 | By Daniel Wiessner, Nandita Bose and David Shepardson

A recently proposed U.S. Department of Labor rule would make it more difficult for companies to treat workers as independent contractors, a change that is expected to shake up ride-hailing, delivery, and other industries that rely on gig workers. The proposal would require that workers be considered employees, entitled to more benefits and legal protections than contractors when they are "economically dependent" on a company. It could have wide-ranging impacts on company profits and hiring, household incomes, and worker quality of life.

This article is reminiscent of conversations between Anne Rush, CEO, Elasta Jobs, R. Paul Herman, CEO, HIP Investor, and Rose Fonseca, Sr. Manager Enterprise Talent Management, DICK'S Sporting Goods during last Spring's Sustainable Business Forum panel, "Pathfinders of the Workers of Tomorrow Today." As the Founder and CEO of Elasta Jobs, Anne believes that freelancing will play a key role in the future of work as it offers strong benefits to freelancers and companies alike. This recently proposed rule may shake things up.

Read the full Reuters article here and explore our past Sustainable Business Forums here.

How Cobb County, Georgia is Moving to Net Zero at a Fraction of the Cost

October 10, 2022

Al Curtis, Director of Fleet Management in Cobb County, GA is using the latest technology to diversify his fleet and meet his sustainability goals. 

Rob van Tulder Announces Forthcoming Book, "Principles of Sustainable Business: Frameworks for corporate action on the SDGs"

October 7, 2022

Rob van Tulder announced the launch of his forthcoming book, "Principles of Sustainable Business: Frameworks for corporate action on the SDGs," a 20-year effort in getting together not only relevant teaching materials on sustainable business, but also an ultimate effort to provide an integrated contribution of his research group and centre at RSM to rescue the ‘Decade of Action’ and the SDG agenda. To further discuss ways to use the introduced formula in teaching, research, and societal engagement, please contact Rob at his website.

National Drive Electric Week Ride-N-Drive Event

October 1, 2022

Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities (PRCC) and Drive Electric Pennsylvania (DEPA) held a special event focused on electric vehicles (EVs) in celebration of National Drive Electric Week. The battery and hybrid electric car show demonstrated Pennsylvania's plans to leverage alternative-fueled vehicles to combat greenhouse gas emissions (GGEs) and climate change. CSB Senior Associate Director attended with his EV! Learn more here.

Ingevity Rebrands Absorbed Natural Gas Business to NeuFuel™ and Expands Carbon-Neutral Offerings for Existing Diesel Vehicles

September 29, 2022

Ingevity Corporation announced the rebranding of the company’s adsorbed natural gas vehicle business (ANG) to NeuFuel™ to better reflect the company’s ability to help fleets immediately and cost-effectively transition to a cleaner, carbon-neutral fuel, and meet market needs to expand benefits to the diesel market, including existing diesel vehicles. The CSB is proud to partner with Ingevity on PA DEP funded research around the ANG and Renewable Natural Gas market. Learn more about last year's research conducted by past CSB Fellow Melchizedek Amago and Ingevity here.

Global Manufacturing & Industrialization Summit (GMIS)

September 28 - 30, 2022

A joint initiative between UNIDO and the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology of the United Arab Emirates, GMIS is a platform that helps create new partnerships, initiatives, and actions connected to digital manufacturing. Pittsburgh hosted the inaugural GMIS America summit. See this excellent few-minute video clip and learn more about the event here.

CSB Senior Associate Director Spoke at "Campus Sustainable Impact Fellowship" Program Class at Lehigh University

September 26, 2022

Senior Associate Director Chris Gassman visited a course taught by Professor Khanjan Mehta at Lehigh University as part of the Campus Sustainable Impact Fellowship Program, which covers foundational topics on sustainability-focused, impact- and innovation-driven project work. He provided a brief session on the topic "Sustainability Economics and Messaging Strategies" and offered different examples of how organizations justify their sustainability initiatives both internally (from a financial standpoint) and externally (from a messaging/PR standpoint).

SME Climate Hub

September 22, 2022

As part of Climate Week NYC, the SME Climate Hub launched an unprecedented drive to recruit American small businesses to the global fight against climate change. In collaboration with America Is All In, this event united leaders across business, government, and civil society to accelerate climate action amongst small and medium-sized businesses through a model of unparalleled collaboration. Attendees built upon the skills they learned at our previous Decarbonize Middle America Workstream event.

Capitalizing Change: Appalachia’s Sustainable Finance Hub

September 20, 2022

From the collapsed Fern Hollow Bridge in Pittsburgh to the devastating flooding in Eastern Kentucky, Appalachians are all too familiar with the need for strong climate infrastructure. There’s a growing effort to change the way investments are made in the region and to ensure that local communities share in more of the benefits. Read more by Tom Croft, Managing Director, Heartland Capital Strategies, here.

Part of a series of articles from ReImagine Appalachia, a coalition working to transform and strengthen the economy across parts of Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

"The ESG Brouhaha: Tempest in a Teacup," by CB Bhattacharya for The CBSuite

September 20, 2022

You’ve likely seen recent articles and tweets about corporate investors taking Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) metrics into consideration for their investment decisions, and how several politicians, business owners, and public figures are reacting.

From Elon Musk’s recent “ESG is a scam” tweet to former Vice President Mike Pence’s comments that ESG is politically driven, to the state of Texas barring local governments from doing business with banks that don’t support oil, gas and guns, the ESG space has become quite difficult to navigate. But why all this brouhaha? Read more here.

CSB Director CB Bhattacharya Quoted in AdWeek's Did Patagonia's Founder Just Launch Us Further Into the Green Vortex?

September 16, 2022

In regards to Patagonia's past "Don't Buy This Jacket" full-page ad, "That was a new standard. Urging consumer activism and pretty much the first instance of ‘demarketing’ one’s own brand." said CB Bhattacharya, Director at the Center for Sustainable Business. He highlights how Patagonia has always been ahead of the curve in doing the right thing and demonstrating leadership by example. Read the full blog here.

What to look forward to this Fall Semester

September 9, 2022

As we enter a new semester at the University of Pittsburgh, we're excited to share our upcoming events, research, and career opportunities with you. Check out some of our programs for the fall and winter here.

International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies: Actions on Air Quality in North America

September 7, 2022

We reflected and celebrated 30 years of impactful efforts to reduce air pollution in North America at the virtual event Actions on Air Quality in North America, hosted by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, United Nations Environment Programme, and World Resources Institute. The virtual discussion featured Jane Nishida, Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs, United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Reflecting on Sustainability Landmarks in Recent Weeks

August 2022

The last few weeks saw significant moments in the world of climate and sustainability. Read about James Lovelock, Earth Overshoot Day, and the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act here.

Hit by Wet Weather and Mudslides, a City Seeks New Ways to Adapt

August 19, 2022

Earlier this year, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, home to about 304,000 people and situated in a metro area of around 2.3 million residents, experienced a prolonged stretch of rainy weather. The rainfall caused flooding and other problems and served as the latest reminder that the climate in the city and surrounding region is changing, getting warmer and wetter. A recent pilot program in Pittsburgh shows promise as a model for how the city and surrounding region can develop solutions to climate hazards. Read more by Garima Prasai and Shail Joshi, Resilient Cities Catalyst, here.

Part of a series of articles from ReImagine Appalachia, a coalition working to transform and strengthen the economy across parts of Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Chris Gassman, MBA JD 2012 Received CMU Tepper Recent Masters Alumni Award

July 28, 2022

Center Associate Director Chris Gassman received the CMU Tepper School of Business Recent Masters Alumni Award. An outstanding alumni connector, advocate, and servant leader, Chris is an active chapter leader in the Tepper New York Alumni Chapter. He has hosted events, engaged his alumni colleagues, helped organized class reunions, spoke in classes and student clubs, and fostered an inclusive alumni community.

CB Bhattacharya Quoted in WSJ "Charting a Path for Sustainable Business"

July 26, 2022

"If we don’t put sustainability at the center of every business model, then we have no chance of reaching the goals scientists have asked us to achieve," said CSB Director Professor CB Bhattacharya, who shared his insights with the Wall Street Journal. According to data from Morningstar, the fourth quarter of 2021 saw investment in global sustainable funds reach a record high of $2.9 trillion, more than 1.5 times what it was just a year earlier. As the effects of climate change continue to be felt around the globe, companies are facing pressure from investors, customers, and employees to create measures that minimize carbon emissions and mitigate global warming. Read the full article here.

Pittsburgh Jumps to 13th Place on Startup Genome’s List

July 25, 2022 reports that Pittsburgh moved up 10 spots from its 23rd-place ranking in the last release of the Startup Genome report in September 2021. This year's report shows Pittsburgh surpassed Portland, Dubai, Wuxi, Madrid, Bristol and others it fell behind last year. Read more.

Pitt researchers discuss operating room sustainability practices | Pitt News

July 22, 2022

Combating climate change in the healthcare sector is especially important for Melissa Belic, professor in civil and environmental engineering and co-director of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation. Orthopedic surgeries, one of the top five highest volume surgical specialties, contribute heavily to the greenhouse gasses emitted by the healthcare sector. Common orthopedic surgeries like knee replacement surgery, require precise sterilization and routine energy-intensive practices to ensure that the surgery is a success. Ian Engler, a sports medicine fellow at Pitt’s orthopedic surgery department, said operating rooms need to meet this energy demand “at all times.” Read more here.

It’s Time for a New Development Strategy in Coal Country

July 20, 2022

The Ohio River Valley region of Appalachia has long been a political stumbling block in the national climate debate. But with the right resources, it can become a global leader of the new energy economy and a more sustainable future. Read more by Amanda Woodrum, Co-Director, Campaign to ReImagine Appalachia, here.

Part of a series of articles from ReImagine Appalachia, a coalition working to transform and strengthen the economy across parts of Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

MBA EDGE New Resource: Markets to Watch: Gender Lens Investing

July 12, 2022

Gender lens investing (GLI)—an investment strategy that factors gender-related criteria into investment decisions with the ultimate goal of advancing gender equity in society—is gaining interest alongside the larger trend of increasing demand for ESG investment products. This briefing gives a snapshot of this growth market and discusses key trends and opportunities. The CSB is a proud member School of the ClimateCAP program that the team behind MBA EDGE produces. 

Insights From the First Global Survey of Balance and Harmony | Co-hosted by SDSN and Happier Way Foundation

July 12, 2022

Balance & harmony have been particularly associated with Eastern cultures, historically and currently. But does that mean they are overlooked or undervalued in the rest of the world?

Tim Lomas, Psychology Research Scientist, from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health & Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University participated in a discussion of insights from the first global survey of balance and harmony. Several new questions were added to the Gallup World Poll in 2020 to measure balance and harmony. Discussion concepts included balance and harmony typically associated with Eastern culture. Learn more here.

CSB Director CB Bhattacharya Participated in the UBC Sauder School of Business "Business for Social Good Conference" Panel

June 24, 2022

CSB Director Professor CB Bhattacharya joined the UBC Sauder School of Business for a morning of inspiration and insight at the Business for Social Good Conference in Vancouver, Canada. The speakers discussed how organizations can lead with purpose, build sustainability and social responsibility into their offerings, enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion, and create positive change in the work they do. Learn more here.

Poster for the UBC Sauder School Business for Social Good Conference, featuring a panel of distinguished guests including CSB director professor CB Bhattacharya

Development Program Encourages Circular Economies | University Times

June 23, 2022

A merely sustainable economy will not be good enough to sustain the planet even in its current condition, two officials from Pitt sustainability groups told participants in a new Faculty and Staff Development Program — “Sustainability: Circular, Regenerative, and Just Economies."  Associate Director Chris Gassman pointed out that too many of our economies are linear today: We use new raw materials, make a new product, and even if it is recycled a time or two it ends up in a landfill. Read the full story by Marty Levine here.

New Center Hires, Welcoming a New Pitt Business Dean, Working Paper Series Updates, and More! | CSB June 2022 Newsletter

June 22, 2022

In June's edition of our monthly newsletter, we shared information about our 4 open Program Manager positions, the audio recap of Paul Polman's public remarks from this year's Solution Saloon, and recent fellow research from Ingevity. Read the full newsletter to learn more about our recent podcasts, CSB news, and upcoming events within our network. Learn more here and subscribe to our monthly newsletter here.

CSB Strategic Advisory Council Member Jeffrey Sachs Awarded the 2022 Tang Prize in Sustainable Development

June 20, 2022

Congratulations to Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the UN SDSN and CSB Strategic Advisory Council Member, for being awarded the 2022 Tang Prize in Sustainable Development! He is awarded for “leading transdisciplinary sustainability science and creating the multilateral movement for its applications from village to nation and to the world,” according to the selection committee’s citation. Learn more here.

Climate Corps Fellows (CSB & EDF) Spent the Afternoon at the Allegheny SolarFest

June 18, 2022

Staff at the Center for Sustainable Business organized an afternoon among Small Medium Business and peer Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps Fellows and Alumni at Allegheny SolarFest, an outdoor festival intended to accelerate the adoption and enhance the public understanding of Solar Energy and Electric Vehicle technologies in Western Pennsylvania. 

Climate Corps Fellows (CSB and EDF) spend the afternoon together at Allegheny SolarFest

Harvard Climate Health Organizing Fellowship | Center for Health Equity Education and Advocacy, Cambridge Health Alliance

June 11, 2022

Attendees celebrated 12 fellowship teams that launched community organizing campaigns to improve climate health. Special guest speaker Marshall Ganz shared his work on community organizing, which informed the framework of this fellowship. Several doctors from UPMC participated in this event. 

The CHA Center for Health Equity Education & Advocacy (CHEEA) invites you to apply for the Climate Health Organizing Fellows Program, a tuition-free, zoom-based program for health professionals and community leaders focused on creating climate solutions through community organizing. The fellowship has been developed in collaboration with Harvard Kennedy School Professor Marshall Ganz. Apply here.

Trends in Conceptions of Progress and Well-Being | Co-hosted by SDSN and Happier Way Foundation

June 7, 2022

A discussion with the author, Dr. Chris Barrington-Leigh. After a decade of the World Happiness Report, this chapter surveys the growing interest in the measurement and understanding of happiness and what makes for happy societies. Interest in happiness and subjective well-being is rising, while interest in income and consumption is falling. Watch the recording here.

CSB Director Professor CB Bhattacharya Presents at the RRBM Responsible Research in Business and Management Conference

June 6, 2022

CB Bhattacharya, CSB Director, returned to his alma mater The Wharton School to present at the RRBM Responsible Research in Business and Management Conference. Discussions focused on how business research can contribute to sustainability and sustainable development. Fellow panelists included Morris Mthombeni, Craig Smith, and Prof Agnieszka‎ (Aggie) Chidlow with David Reibstein as host.

CB Bhattacharya presents at the Responsible Research in Business and Management conference, 2022.

Jennifer Barnes of Pitt Sustainability Celebrated at the New Pittsburgh Courier's 2022 FAB 40 Awards

June 1, 2022

Congratulations to Jennifer Barnes, supplier diversity and sustainability coordinator at Pitt Sustainability, for being nominated and accepted at the New Pittsburgh Courier’s 2022 FAB 40 Awards!

The New Pittsburgh Courier’s 2022 FAB 40 Awards, which celebrates the leadership, achievements, and community service of local African American young men and women, included nine Pitt people: Lauren DeDomenic (A&S ’17), Rikell Ford (SOC WK ’17), Jessica Gurley (SOC WK ’10), Erricka Hager, community research coordinator, Monica Malik (A&S ’07), Channing Moreland, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences employee, Wellness Pavilion director, strategic programs and services senior director, Gina Winstead (A&S ’05), and Johnnie Geathers (SOC WK ’13).

The distinguished guests were honored during the FAB 40 Awards Dinner on Wednesday, June 1, at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square. Well done, Pitt alumni!

Jennifer C. Barnes of the University of Pittsburgh Sustainability team accepts an award at the  New Pittsburgh Courier’s 2022 FAB 40 Awards.

WATT Fuel Cell Site Visit

May 27, 2022

CSB center associate visited the team at WATT Fuel Cell to discuss how they're helping to accelerate the just transition to clean and circular economies. Learn about powering your home with a fuel cell here.

H2 Summit: Fueling the Future Follow-Up Meeting

May 25, 2022

A catalytic gathering organized to align, advance, and call to action thought-leaders, industry decision-makers, regulators, and practitioners to help Pittsburgh shape the future of energy. The H2 (Hydrogen) Summit is a collaboration between Peoples Natural Gas, the Energy Innovation Center Institute, Inc., and Bedford Funds. CSB Associate Director Chris Gassman was in attendance. Learn more here.

Chris Gassman, Associate Director at the Center for Sustainable Business, poses on a rooftop in downtown Pittsburgh during the H2 Summit

Sustainable Careers, Now Hiring 4 Program Managers, and Strategy Primer Recap | CSB May 2022 Newsletter

May 25, 2022

In May's edition of our monthly newsletter, we shared information about our 4 open Program Manager positions, the video recap of our Decarbonize Middle America Strategy Primer where we discussed Drawdown Opportunities and the SEC, and our recent careers in sustainability blog. Read the full newsletter to learn more about our recent podcasts, CSB news, and upcoming events within our network. Learn more here and subscribe to our monthly newsletter here.

Center Associate Director Chris Gassman Honored at the 2022 Tepper Alumni Awards Ceremony

May 21, 2022

Center Associate Director Chris Gassman (JD/MBA 2012) was honored at the 2022 Tepper Alumni Awards Ceremony at Heinz Field on Saturday, May 21. Six outstanding Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business alumni leaders were celebrated and congratulated for their career achievements and service to the school. 

Kickstart Your Career in Sustainability

May 20, 2022

Your new career in sustainability may be just around the corner. In fact, over the past 5 years, hiring for green skills grew globally by almost 40%Every day, this career path becomes more mainstream as companies in a plethora of industries make the shift towards sustainable business practices. Now more than ever is the perfect time to integrate your personal purpose with that of your employer. You should feel comfortable choosing a company that articulates, pursues, and tracks the progress of its own goals in environmental, social, as well as governance risks and impact. If you’re looking for a meaningful journey and interested in finding a career in sustainability, continue reading to explore all of our career development resources. Read the full article here.

Charting an Energy Transition Path Towards Economic Growth: Decarbonizing Southwestern Pennsylvania's Manufacturing Sector

May 16, 2022 | A Leadership Gathering Hosted by Allegheny Conference on Community Development and Team Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently made headlines with the announcement of his administration’s support for the development of a hydrogen hub in the Commonwealth. This signals Pennsylvania’s intent to lead in the development of clean hydrogen and ensure that energy-related federal funding authorized under the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is directed toward projects in the state. Learn about the important conversation around how we can leverage our unique assets to achieve long-term economic prosperity and sustainability for the region, the state, and its residents here.

Sedema (Piracicaba) Members Visited the Center to Discuss ESG Initiatives in Pittsburgh and Beyond

May 7, 2022

At the request of sedema, the US government prepared a delegation with several meetings and visits to various places of interest on the environmental agenda. The trip took place to better understand what went right, what went wrong, and the practical lessons about Pittsburgh's change in culture and government commitment to a circular economy. They also visited the University of Pittsburgh, in order to establish a partnership for the creation of an ESG certification program for companies in Piracicaba. Learn more about the visit here.

Members from Piracicaba visit the Center for Sustainable Business to discuss the environmental agenda.

Young Professionals Organization Being Human | Singapore

April 28 - 30, 2022

Attendees re-discovered the essence, connection, and feeling of being human at the "Being Human" event in Singapore, hosted by the Young Professionals Organisation. CSB Director Professor CB Bhattacharya was featured as a keynote speaker alongside Ray Dalio, Kok Song Ng, Tony Fernandes, Prashant (Pete) Bhayani, Lisa Oake, Do Kwon, Arthur Cheong, Alex Svanevik, Eleonore Dachicourt, CFA, Kris Ang, Manju Melwani, and Nick Vyas.

CB Bhattacharya featured as a keynote speaker at the YPO Being Human Conference in Singapore, 2022

Clutter for a Cause

April 27 - 30, 2022

The University facilitates a zero-waste move-in and out process with Clutter for a Cause. We collect clothing, textiles, dorm room essentials, electronics, and non-perishable food items for on- and off-campus locations. Clutter for a Cause is organized by the Student Office of SustainabilityPitt EcoRepsPitt SurplusPitt Pantry, and the Pitt Police. The off-campus Clutter for a Cause partners with Oakland Planning and Development Corporation (OPDC). Learn more about the event and accepted items here.

Reimagine Jobs: A Job Seeker's Guide to Sustainable Careers

April 27, 2022 | 12 PM - 1 PM

Join Reimagine Jobs on Wednesday, April 27th from 12-1pm for a lunch-and-learn session for job seekers curious about or looking to pursue sustainable career opportunities. Learn networking, interviewing, and career development tips from professionals working in our region's green economy. Learn more about the event here.

Poster for ReImagine Job's virtual lunch-and-learn event, "A Job Seeker's Guide to Sustainable Careers," on Wednesday, April 27 @ 12pm EST.

A Seat at the Table: World Happiness Report 2022

April 26, 2022 | Co-hosted by SDSN and Happier Way Foundation

Participants joined World Happiness Report (WHR) editors, John Helliwell and Lara B. Aknin, as they discussed and answered questions regarding Happiness Science. General topics discussed:
  • What is subjective well-being?
  • What is happiness science?
  • Why should we measure life satisfaction or life evaluation?
  • Discussing Chapter 2 of WHR: Happiness, benevolence, and trust during COVID-19 and beyond. 

CSB Director Professor CB Bhattacharya Featured as Keynote Speaker at the XIM School of Sustainability's 7th Annual Sustainability Summit

April 8, 2022

CSB Director Professor CB Bhattacharya gave a keynote presentation at the 7th Annual Sustainability Summit hosted by XIM University's School of Sustainability, in partnership with the WIPRO Foundation and Startup Osha. 

Poster for the 7th Annual Sustainability Summit hosted by the XIM University School of Sustainability, with keynote by CB Bhattacharya

William Sapon, Senior Advisor of Clean Energy and Transportation at CSB Member Company People's Natural Gas, Featured in "Celebrating Earth Day with Environmental Progress at Essential"

April 2022

As part of Essential's April Careers and Culture section, William Sapon, Senior Advisor of Clean Energy and Transportation at CSB Member Company People's Natural Gas, sat down with Christine Brisbin, Director of the Water Quality Lab at Aqua, and the team at Essential to discuss their roles in ensuring clean water at Aqua and advancing clean tech innovation at Peoples. Read the full interview here.

"The Proposed SEC Climate Disclosure Rule and What it Means for Students," by Zetian (Tim) Zhang, M.Eng. '19, EDGE, Duke Fuqua School of Business

March 23, 2022

On Monday, March 21, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a proposed new rule on corporate climate risk disclosure. The proposal mainly involves two aspects: one is corporate climate risk information disclosure; the other is corporate carbon emission information disclosure. The proposal will be open for public comment for at least two months before the SEC begins developing a final rule. However, it has already aroused great attention and heated discussions among U.S. investment institutions and enterprises. Continue reading here

"Realigning Business Models: The Circular Economy" by CSB Director Professor CB Bhattacharya, The CBSuite

March 16, 2022

A few months ago, I [CB] outlined the need for responsible consumption and production practices to lessen the harsh effects of widespread consumerism. Many developed countries, and especially the U.S., have promoted an environmentally harmful culture of excess consumption that has reached a level the Earth cannot sustain. Buying fewer products and better-quality ones is a key to reaching a future the Earth can support. While much of that blog focused on consumer action, businesses play a role in this as well by producing responsibly and not promoting the throwaway culture society has built. There is another way that offers businesses a chance to realign production practices to something that can be sustained: the circular economy. Continue reading here.

"Americans overwhelmingly support mandatory climate disclosure for U.S. companies," by Ceres

February 17, 2022 | Boston, MA

As the public awaits the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed rule on mandatory climate disclosure for publicly-traded companies, a new poll sponsored by the nonprofits Ceres and Public Citizen, in partnership with JUST Capital and SSRS, found that 87 percent of Americans are in favor of companies reporting their climate-related risks. Read the full press release here, and view the full results of the poll here

"Leave No One Behind: Calling for a Just Transition" by CSB Director Professor CB Bhattacharya, The CBSuite

February 16, 2022

We live in a world where the wealthiest 1% of people hold more than half the world’s wealth. In fact, that “elite group” holds more wealth than the entire bottom 90% — i.e., 6.9 billion people. In the last couple of years, extreme inequality has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic and tax and fiscal policies that benefit the rich. Alarmingly, there is another oft looked over factor at play that is promoting such great inequality: climate change. Continue reading here.

CSB Director Professor CB Bhattacharya Joins the INTERSECT@CMU 2022: Innovating A Sustainable Future for All Conference as a Panelist

February 10-11, 2022

On February 10-11, 2022, CMU hosted the fourth INTERSECT@CMU Conference, focusing on sustainability, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the actions we must take to ensure that the next generation will live on a more sustainable planet. During the conference, speakers and panelists discussed urgent issues facing our planet as they relate to cities and infrastructure; peaceful, just, and inclusive societies; climate action; and resilient and inclusive economies. Explore the conference here.

CSB Director Professor CB Bhattacharya Joins the George Mason University School of Business for their Research Speaker Series: Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Lecture

February 4, 2022 | Virtual

CSB Director Professor CB Bhattacharya, one of the world's leading research and thought leaders in corporate social responsibility and sustainability, spoke with the team at George Mason University's School of Business Management Area with Business for a Better World to discuss how today's corporations are creating social value. 

SURVEY ANALYSIS: Americans Want to See Greater Transparency on ESG Issues and View Federal Requirements as a Key Lever for Increasing Disclosure by JUST Capital

February 2022

Americans overwhelmingly support public disclosure on human capital and environmental impact metrics from America’s largest companies, and endorse federal action to require standardized disclosure, according to new survey research from JUST Capital and its polling partner, SSRS, conducted in collaboration with Public Citizen and Ceres. This report was created by Jennifer Tonti, Managing Director, Survey Research & Insights.

CSB Director Professor CB Bhattacharya Closes the Institutional Investor Advisory Services (IiAS) with Keynote Address

January 24, 2022

The Institutional Investor Advisory Services (IiAS) organized a virtual conference where the esteemed business leaders expressed their views on various aspects of a startup business. Prof CB Bhattacharya was the closing keynote speaker and spoke about "Leading with purpose - creating a sustainable business." Watch the full talk here.

"Enough Already: End Greenwashing Now," by CSB Director Professor CB Bhattacharya, The CBSuite

January 21, 2022

Volkswagen is one of the world’s leading car manufacturers. It is no secret that automobiles are responsible for greenhouse gas emissions that harm the Earth, but automotive companies often promote their “high” gas mileage and other sustainable technology to appeal to environmentally-conscious customers. Imagine the surprise of consumers and regulators when Volkswagen vehicles were found to be “emitting nitrogen oxide pollutants up to 40 times the legal limit.” Even worse, the company had gone to evil lengths to arm their vehicles with a device to intentionally fool emissions testing software! The Volkswagen scandal is one of the most blatant examples of a practice known as greenwashing: when a company makes itself or a product they offer seem more sustainable than it truly is. Continue reading here.

CSB Director Professor CB Bhattacharya Spoke at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta

December 22, 2021

CB Bhattacharya spoke at the Indian Institute of Management- Calcutta in December 2021 on the need for corporate sustainability and the path towards achieving it. Watch the full video here.

"Whither Responsible Consumption," by CSB Director Professor CB Bhattacharya, The CBSuite

December 8, 2021

COP26 saw world leaders announce their worries over the current state of sustainable development. While the environmental summit in Glasgow, Scotland saw some big developments such as methane limits, financial capital dedicated toward sustainable development, promises to stop deforestation, and surprising international cooperation; it was also clear that even stronger action is needed. Controversy surrounded COP26 — ranging from criticism over the carbon footprint of the menu to fossil fuels having more representation than the eight countries hit the hardest by climate change. Crucially though, COP26 missed out on bringing global attention to a key area of action that will be necessary in the shift to carbon neutrality and stopping climate change; an area that is actionable on the individual level in addition to the business and governmental levels: responsible consumption. Continue reading here.

November 15, 2021

SAC Member Jeffrey Sachs wrote an article for Project Syndicate on how to fix international climate finance in the context of the recent COP26 conference and how we are stuck between the reality of a devastating global climate crisis and rich countries’ nationalist politics, with climate finance based on voluntary contributions by the rich.

Marshal Plan for Middle America Earns Pittsburgh and Center for Sustainable Business International Award at COP26 for Work on Climate Change

November 10, 2021

The City of Pittsburgh won second place in an international competition known as the Climate Challenge Cup, part of COP26, earning the recognition in the “Achieving Net Zero” category for the Marshall Plan for Middle America, a measure meant to help the region become a global leader in cleaner energy sources. The Marshall Plan for Middle America aims to help ensure that a region that seemed likely to be “left behind in the transition could actually start to lead,” Peduto said when accepting the award. Pittsburgh was one of 12 finalists from throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.

The Heinz Endowments Awards $800,000 to Pitt’s Center for Sustainable Business

November 10, 2021

The Heinz Endowments has awarded an $800,000 grant to the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Sustainable Business (CSB) to advance its guidance of companies to generate better business and societal outcomes.

The Heinz Endowments is devoted to the mission of helping our region prosper as a vibrant center of creativity, learning, and social, economic and environmental sustainability. Core to its work is the vision of a just community where all are included and where everyone who calls Southwestern Pennsylvania home has a real and meaningful opportunity to thrive.

Media coverage of this announcement: PittwirePitt Business

Center for Sustainable Business Member Ingevity Feature Article in American Public Gas Association (APGA) Quarterly Magazine THE SOURCE

October 28, 2021

CSB member company Ingevity wrote a feature article for the APGA's quarterly magazine. Written by Robert Friedman, Ingevity's Managing Director of Absorbed Natural Gas (ANG), the article explains how the future of natural gas is renewable and how renewable natural gas (RNG) can help reduce emissions in both transportation and non-transportation sectors.

Center for Sustainable Business Director CB Bhattacharya Interviewed for Article on Climate Labels by Adweek

October 25, 2021

CSB Director CB Bhattacharya was interviewed for an article from Adweek titled "Getting Brands to Commit to Net-Zero Carbon Emissions," which explores the space of climate-neutral labels and if they help consumers make better, more informed decisions.

Center for Sustainable Business Director CB Bhattacharya Interviewed for Article on Advertising and Climate Change by Adweek

October 25, 2021

CSB Director CB Bhattacharya contributed to an article from Adweek titled "Turning Agencies Against Fossil Fuel Brands Harkens Back to the Tobacco Wars," which describes the disconnect in the advertising world between agencies with environmental initiatives and the fossil fuel clients they continue to work for.

Center for Sustainable Business Director CB Bhattacharya Receives Teaching Award from University of Pittsburgh

October 22, 2021

CSB Director CB Bhattacharya received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, which is given to all faculty who received overwhelminingly positive reviews from students.

Paul Polman, Former CEO of Unilever, Business Leader and Co-Author of Net Positive, Gives Keynote Address at Fall 2021 Sustainable Business Forum

October 21, 2021

Paul Polman, Business Leader, Co-Author of Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More Than They Take and Strategic Advisory Council Member gave a keynote address at the Fall 2021 Sustainable Business Forum, where he talked about the relatively low costs of action on global challenges compared to the high costs of inaction, the need for new kinds of leadership to tackle these challenges and how ESG measurement and disclosure improve transparency and can help re-build trust in society.

Center for Sustainable Business Director CB Bhattacharya in LinkedIn Live Event on Building Sustainable Business Models with ESG

October 19, 2021

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.

Strategic Advisory Council Member Jeffrey Sachs' Article on the G20 Rome Summit

October 19, 2021

SAC Member Jeffrey Sachs wrote an article for Project Syndicate on the actions G20 countries must take to put us on track to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, including better planning of the needed energy and land-use system changes, financing the right technologies and compensating developing countries for climate damage.

Center for Sustainable Business Featured in Pitt Business Magazine Fall Issue

October 19, 2021

The CSB was featured in an article in the Pitt Alumni Business Magazine Fall issue, titled "Thought Meets Action," which outlines the history of the Center and its work, including the bi-annual Sustainable Business Forum, the "Sustaining Sustainability" podcast, and the Marshall Plan for Middle America (MP4MA) Roadmap.

Center for Sustainable Business Member Peoples Natural Gas Center Champion William Sapon Featured in Pitt Business Magazine Fall Issue

October 19, 2021

CSB member Peoples Natural Gas' CSB Champion, William Sapon, was featured in the Pitt Alumni Business Magazine Fall issue with a profile on how he took his passion for the environment and sustainability and turned it into a career.

Center for Sustainable Business Director CB Bhattacharya Interviewed for "The Dirt" Podcast by City of Pittsburgh

October 18, 2021

CSB Director CB Bhattacharya was interviewed by Grant Ervin, Chief Resilience Officer of the City of Pittsburgh, for their podcast series "The Dirt," where they discussed a variety of topics including sustainability, purpose-driven business, leadership, and why green business is good business.

Center Associate Director Chris Gassman Panel Moderation at Innovate4Cities Conference

October 13, 2021

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 Chris Gassman Panel Facilitation at Marshall Plan for Middle America (MP4MA) Kickoff

October 5, 2021

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 for Sustainable Business Director CB Bhattacharya in Event from Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry Task Force on ESG

September 21, 2021

Center Director CB Bhattacharya spoke at an event from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) on ESG measurement and disclosure.

Center for Sustainable Business Decarbonize Middle America Kickoff Webinar

September 16, 2021

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.

Panelists included:  Julia Silberman, CDP; Jacquie Fidler, CONSOL Energy; Jeff Nehr, Peoples Natural Gas; Michael Benedict Yamoah, Federated Hermes International; and Suzanne Leta, SunPower.

Center for Sustainable Business Director CB Bhattacharya Quoted in Article on Tech Exodus from Texas

September 15, 2021

Center Director CB Bhattacharya was quoted in an article from Protocol on tech businesses considering exiting Texas after its recent ban on abortions after six weeks: "If something fundamentally goes against a company's beliefs, then it behooves them to speak out at that point in time and take corrective action. And there's no reason to believe that this is a one-off.”

Center for Sustainable Business Director CB Bhattacharya Interviewed for Forrester Sustainability Interview Series

August 27, 2021

CSB Director CB Bhattacharya was interviewed for the Forrester Sustainability Interview Series, where they discussed how successful organizations address sustainability, change management, the role of the C-suite, findings in his book "Small Actions Big Difference," and research on the topic of organizational psychology and sustainability ownership.

Center for Sustainable Business Member Ingevity in Fox News

August 9, 2021

Fox News interview highlighting the vehicle demonstrations that are part of a CSB business strategy research collaboration between CSB Members Ingevity, Peoples, and other stakeholders.

Center for Sustainable Business One Year Recap

October 24, 2020

Prof. CB Bhattacharya S&P Global Market Intelligence Comments

October 5, 2020

"The wind has changed … fossil fuels do not have a future. Even banks, which are perennially slow to adapt to these things, they have woken up and have realized that it’s now or never,” said Prof. Bhattacharya in his recent comments for S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Prof. CB Bhattacharya Rewire Comments

September 23, 2020

Prof. CB Bhattacharya comments on the role of sustainability in times of COVID-19: "It has been very clearly articulated that sustainable companies outperform those who are not. Those companies that do better in ESG (environmental, social, government) were more resilient during the pandemic."

IBM “Digital Technology for the Environment” Round Table

September 22, 2020

Prof. CB Bhattacharya participated in IBM’s “Digital Technology for the Environment” Round Table discussion where he presented on whether digital technologies and data can be applied for new solutions to environmental problems.

Prof. CB Bhattacharya Financier Worldwide Magazine Comments

September 1, 2020

“A business exists to serve the interests of multiple stakeholders and only by doing that well can it make money for shareholders,” Prof. CB Bhattacharya comments on how to reshape the future.

Prof. CB Bhattacharya's Article "Jump-start the pursuit for sustainable change with personal ownership"

August 2, 2020

"Most of us are yearning to do something about the dire situation facing us. Issues such as global warming, inequality, and poverty – and many, many more, as outlined in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – are now becoming visible and in consequence have gained urgency. Taking ownership of sustainability issues like these and acting in their name forms the new leadership mandate for you and your executive team," writes Prof. Bhattacharya in this article for CSR Magazin.

Prof. CB Bhattacharya on World Radio Switzerland

July 17, 2020

Prof. CB Bhattacharya joins World Radio Switzerland host Katt Cullen to discuss COVID-19 as an opportunity to “reset“ and work towards a more sustainable future.

Prof. CB Bhattacharya POLITICO Comments

June 9, 2020

Read Prof. CB Bhattacharya’s comments to POLITICO on “Sustainability amid Social Unrest.”

Prof. CB Bhattacharya on "Sustainable Business Champions"

May 22, 2020

Listen to CSB Director CB Bhattacharya discuss sustainability ownership with Jasmin Horn on "Sustainable Business Champions."

Prof. CB Bhattacharya's World Economic Forum Article "How the great COVID-19 reset can help firms build a sustainable future"

May 15, 2020

Read Prof. CB Bhattacharya's latest article in the World Economic Forum.

Prof. CB Bhattacharya's McKinsey Quarterly Article "Taking ownership of a sustainable future" 

May 12, 2020

Prof. CB Bhattacharya urges corporate leaders, challenged with the existential crisis of our times, to avoid inertia and take ownership of sustainability.

Prof. CB Bhattacharya Presents to Enel Leadership


April 9, 2020

The Center for Sustainable Business continues to provide value to our sponsors through virtual meetings. On April 9th, Prof. CB Bhattacharya gave his presentation "Moving Towards a Culture for Sustainability" to Enel North America Business Line leadership.

Pitt Business Staff Members Honored with Pitt Sustainability Award

April 9, 2020

This year, three Pitt Business staff members—Chris Driscoll, director of information technology services; Greg Guzewicz, facilities manager; and Karri Rogers, assistant dean of operations—were honored with a 2020 Pitt Sustainability Award.

IBGC Speaker Series Presents: CB Bhattacharya

April 8, 2020

Prof. CB Bhattacharya spoke at The Fletcher School at Tufts University to propose several sustainability strategies that companies can implement using profit in service of people and planet.

Pitt ESG Criteria and SRI Screening Process

April 6, 2020

In February and March 2020, the University of Pittsburgh adopted both environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria to incorporate into investment considerations and a socially responsible investing (SRI) screening process.

Three Pitt Business Offices Receive Green Office Designation

Green Office Designation is a benchmarking program, and offices that opt in receive guidance from the Office of Sustainability on how to improve their score. Learn more about Pitt Green Offices and register your own office!

Katz is a Leader in CSR

The Katz Graduate School of Business MBA program ranked 11th in the world and 3rd in the US in this corporate social responsibility metric.

Prof. CB Bhattacharya's GreenBiz Article "Sustaining sustainability: Lessons from the coronavirus pandemic"

April 1, 2020

Read Prof. CB Bhattacharya's latest article where he begins to uncover the deeper lessons from the coronavirus pandemic that will help companies be more sustainable going forward.

Aspen Institute Igniting Impact: Enhancing Business Practice and Research Through Greater Collaboration

March 5-6, 2020

CSB Associate Director Leslie Marshall participated in a meeting co-sponsored by the Aspen Institute Business & Society and Responsible Research in Business Management focused on translating the UN Sustainable Development Goals into practical solutions to address global challenges.

Pitt Commits to Achieving Carbon Neutrality

February 28, 2020

The University of Pittsburgh has committed to becoming carbon neutral on its Pittsburgh campus by 2037, its 250th anniversary.

Honors College Community Café

February 27, 2020

Prof. CB Bhattacharya was the featured speaker at a University of Pittsburgh Honors College Community Café. He discussed Small Actions, Big Difference with students casually over coffee.

Prof. CB Bhattacharya's Talk at Baruch College in New York City

February 18, 2020

Prof. CB Bhattacharya gave a talk on Small Actions, Big Difference at Baruch College in New York City, where he was invited by The Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity.

Prof. CB Bhattacharya in BBC

February 9, 2020

Prof. CB Bhattacharya comments on Airbnb's promise to "serve all stakeholders."


February 6, 2020

CB was delighted to speak at the GreenBiz20 workshop “Moving Towards a Culture for Sustainability” where he discussed what it means to embed sustainability into a company’s purpose.

Prof. CB Bhattacharya's The Conversation Article

January 24, 2020

The premise of this article is that having a higher purpose can help firms improve their sustainability performance as well as their financial performance. This article was also picked up by Fast Company.

Prof. CB Bhattacharya's MSI Webinar

January 17, 2020

In CB Bhattacharya's webinar, “Small Actions, Big Difference: Why All of Us Must Take Ownership of Sustainability to Save the World,” he explores "sustainability ownership" and what it means to create an organization of sustainability generalists.

Center for Sustainable Business and PPG on TechVibe Radio

January 8, 2020

CSB Associate Director Leslie Marshall and PPG VP Mark Cancilla appeared on TechVibe Radio to discuss the Center and why corporations are joining.

Knowledge@Wharton Small Actions, Big Difference

January 6, 2020

CSB Director CB Bhattacharya sat down for an interview with Knowledge@Wharton, the business journal for the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

CB Bhattacharya's Interview on Our Region's Business with Bill Flanagan

December 29, 2019

CSB Director CB Bhattacharya joined Bill Flanagan to discuss the concepts in his book Small Actions, Big Difference.

Pitt Business Professor Wins Aspen Institute ‘Ideas Worth Teaching Award’

December 9. 2019

CSB affiliate Prof. Barry Mitnick wins the Aspen Institute ‘Ideas Worth Teaching Award’ for his course "Market Manipulations: Crises, Bubbles, Robber Barons and Corporate Saints."

Katz Student Wins Grant for Research on Sustainability

December 2, 2019

Mike Gordon, Doctoral Candidate in Business Analytics and Operations, won a Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation Conference Grant to attend the 2019 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA.

IBM and Climate Change: Early Action, Sustained Results, and Support for a Price on Carbon

December 1, 2019

Vice President of Corporate Environmental Affairs, Wayne Balta, explains why IBM supports the Climate Leadership Council's plan to put a tax on carbon.

Katz ranked #36 by Corporate Knights ‘Better World MBA’

November 8, 2019

Due in part to the CSB's focus on sustainability, Katz rose 33 places in Corporate Knights 2019 'Better World MBA' rankings.

The Center Hosts a Successful Launch Event

November 1, 2019

On October 24, 2019, the CSB hosted our official launch event, bringing in over 100 leading professionals.

Peoples Powering the Future: Pittsburgh International Airport Microgrid

October 18, 2019

Peoples is making Pittsburgh International Airport the first major airport to be completely powered by its own microgrid with the use of its own on-site natural gas wells and solar.

CB Bhattacharya Releases New Book on Corporate Sustainability

October 12, 2019

Professor CB Bhattacharya, H.J. Zoffer Chair in Sustainability and Ethics, has just released a new book, Small Actions Big Difference, which focuses on leveraging corporate sustainability to drive business and societal value. It is his third book on the subject of corporate sustainability.

Julie Shuff Earns First Sustainability Certificate

December 2, 2018

MBA student Julie Shuff earned the first Sustainability Certificate to be issued at Katz. Professor CB Bhattacharya (right) presented Shuff with the Certificate.

CB Bhattacharya Delivers Provost’s Inaugural Lecture

October 23, 2018

Professor CB Bhattacharya was honored to deliver the Provost’s Inaugural Lecture: “Small Actions, Big Difference: Leveraging Corporate Identity, Responsibility, and Sustainability to Drive Triple Bottomline Value.”

Katz Students Win First Place at Sustainability Case Competition

March 23, 2018

A team of Katz students won first place at the 2018 University of Connecticut MBA Sustainability Case Competition.