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Commencement 2019!

Congratulations to our 2019 Graduates!

2019 Junior Distinguished Alumni Awardee - Samir Lakhani

We were honored to present our 1st Annual Junior Distinguished Alumni award to Mr. Samir Lakhani!  After starting a project in Ward Allebach’s Sustainability class (GEOL 1333), Samir volunteered in a rural Cambodian village when he witnessed firsthand the spread of disease due to poor personal hygiene through his involvement in aquaculture and nutrition projects. After this experience, Samir took his class project and founded Eco-Soap Bank in 2014. Eco-Soap is a humanitarian nonprofit that works to save, sanitize and supply recycled hotel soap while providing hygiene education to people in nations of developing economies. Samir has also developed solar lighting solution projects in Cambodia, Bangladesh and Nepal.   Mr. Lakahni received his B.A. in Environmental Studies from Pitt in 2015.  Congratulations to Mr. Samir Lakhani!

The Second Annual TRUSS (Three Rivers Urban Soils Symposium) 2019

Will include discussions of urban soils and their connection to public health, urban agriculture, storm water management, trees and parks, and climate change. We will also address community and residential concerns. Presenters include nationally recognized experts in addition to the research and community-based efforts of regional academics, students and professionals. We are also interested in student poster presentations and registration for abstracts will be up soon on the link given below.

Registration for TRUSS is $35 on or before October 31st and $45 after October 31st. Registration includes morning coffee and light breakfast items, as well as a lunch buffet with vegetarian and gluten-free op­tions. If you have additional dietary requests, please contact us.

Our Environmental Studies Program (through the Heinz) and the School of Arts and Sciences are sponsors for the 2019 TRUSS symposium

The Three River Urban Soil Symposium (TRUSS) is a one-day symposium being held on Nov. 21, 2019. TRUSS is a cross-disciplinary workshop designed to bring community members, practitioners and academics together on topics of urban ag, forestry, stormwater, climate etc. By sharing lessons learned, best practices and emerging research the goal is to start closing the gap between academia and grassroots efforts taking place in communities. This is an opportunity for students to get exposure and build their network. The content goal for the students is to have them bridge what they’re learning in the classroom and what’s happening in real life in real time.

Congratulations to Ph.D. Student Rebecca Forgrave!

Be sure to congratulate the beautiful bride, Becky Fograve, on her recent marriage! 

Environmental Studies Students build sustainable new homes for bees!

Matthew Golub, a junior environmental studies major and member of the project, said the idea to build bee houses around Oakland started when he took a sustainability course taught by Ward Allebach, an adjunct environmental studies professor, this past spring. The premise of the course is for students to create a project that aligns with the University’s Sustainability Plan, released in 2018. - By Emily Wen, For The Pitt News - AUGUST 23, 2019

Assistant Professor in Hydrology & Water Sustainability

The Department of Geology and Environmental Science at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Hydrology and Water Sustainability. 

Congrats to Ph.D. Student Memphis Hill!

Memphis was accepted to University of California Irvine's 2019 Microbiomes and Global Change Summer Institute!  This 5-day Summer Institute for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows aims to build a diverse cohort of trainees at the interface of microbial communities and global change across systems from terrestrial to marine. Participants will gain scientific and professional skills and join a community of emerging leaders in the field.

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