All valid applications to the Pitt Sustainability Challenge will receive written feedback on their proposals.
Evaluation Panel

Evaluation will take place in several stages. First, Evaluation Panel judges will score and provide feedback on the applications assigned to them using the scoring rubric. Each valid application will receive five (5) sets of reviews with scores that have been statistically normalized for fairness. Informed by the resulting rank order of applications, the Pitt Sustainability Planning team will select up to five Finalists based on factors that include but are not limited to Evaluation Panel rank order and feedback, solution type, organizational capacity, and feasibility.

SaLisa Berrien
CEO, COI Energy
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Doug Condon
Managing Director, Three Rivers Energy
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Elizabeth Cook
Senior Manager, Advanced Grid Solutions, Duquesne Light
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Alexander Dale
Director, Global Challenges, MIT Solve, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Bala Kumar
Associate, McKinsey & Company
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Debra Lam
Founding Executive Director, Partnership for Inclusive Innovation
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Rebecca Lucore
Head of Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility, Covestro
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Meredith Mavero
Program Officer, Hillman Family Foundations
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Jeffrey McDaniel
Portfolio Executive, Innovation Works
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Andrew McElwaine
Vice President, Sustainability, The Heinz Endowments
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Divya Nawale
Policy Engagement Consultant, United Nations Climate Change
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Harold Rickenbacker
Environmental Engineer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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John Swanson
Founder, ANSYS
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Vincent Valdes
Executive Director, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission
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Meghan Fay Zahniser
Executive Director Association of the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
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Selection Committee

The Selection Committee will attend the pitch event in September 2023 and select the $300,000 awardee of the Pitt Sustainability Challenge. Selection Committee members will be added here in the coming months.

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