Sustainability EXPOsed will ignite enthusiasm about sustainability by pouring fresh ideas into a ballroom full of motivated leaders. Conceived as a combination ideas/best practices expo, conversational salon and regional strategic planning forum, Sustainability EXPOsed will provide a dynamic venue for exploring, challenging, and recommending innovative approaches to sustainability opportunities.

Sustainability EXPOsed will feature presentations and exhibits designed to surprise, motivate, and lead to action. It will tap into professionals' and community leaders' interest in learning, sharing bold new ideas, and networking about sustainability innovations and applications that are shaping our region. And, timed to kick-off the Allegheny Conference on Community Development's next agenda-setting process, Sustainability EXPOsed has the potential to influence a broader regional agenda.

High Impact:

  • An exciting format that ensures high value content and interactions among attendees.
  • Keynote speaker Paul Hawken will provide an inspiring presentation that is honest and eye-opening about opportunities for where our region can aspire to head as well as opportunities and rewards for businesses and communities in becoming more sustainable.
  • Nine short, juried, mind-expanding presentations about cutting-edge sustainability topics ready to be inserted in our region's strategic planning processes.
  • Interactive plenary civic deliberation session reacting to the day's presentations as kick-off to the Allegheny Conference's next regional agenda-setting cycle.
  • Recognition of businesses, municipalities, and organizations participating in regional sustainability performance programs.
  • Exhibits featuring the speakers and other sustainability innovators to inform the public of and bring recognition to the ways in which businesses, local government, and nonprofits are applying sustainability in operations, management, products, etc.
  • Serve as a vehicle to display, communicate, and develop innovative sustainable practices to expand the market for solutions further securing the Pittsburgh region as a benchmark for sustainability excellence.
  • Pre-event release of a regional Sustainability Benchmarking report by PittsburghTODAY.

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author. Paul is one of the most respected and widely read thought leaders of the sustainable business movement. Starting at age 20, he dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. He has appeared on numerous media including the Today Show, Larry King, Talk of the Nation, Charlie Rose, has been profiled or featured in hundreds of articles, and his writings have appeared in numerous publications, including the Harvard Business Review, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Mother Jones, and Utne Reader.

He has written seven books including four national bestsellers, The Next Economy, Growing a Business, The Ecology of Commerce and Blessed Unrest. The Ecology of Commerce was voted in 1998 as the #1 college text on business and the environment by professors in 67 business schools. Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, co-authored with Amory Lovins, has been read and referred to by several heads of state including President Bill Clinton who called it one of the five most important books in the world today. His books have been published in over 50 countries in 28 languages. Growing a Business became the basis of a 17-part PBS series, which Mr. Hawken hosted and produced. The program, which explored the challenges and pitfalls of starting and operating socially responsive companies, was shown on television in 115 countries and watched by over 100 million people.

Paul has founded several companies including some of the first natural food companies in the U.S. that relied solely on sustainable agricultural methods. He founded OneSun, an energy company focused on ultra low-cost solar based on green chemistry and biomimicry. Paul also founded the Natural Capital Institute, a research organization whose main project is the creation of the first open source platform for global social change, WiserEarth.

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Research Assistant & GIS Specialist, Center for Healthy Environments & Communities, University of Pittsburgh
"Clearing the air for sustainability"

Andrew (Drew) Michanowicz currently serves as a Research Assistant & GIS Specialist for the Center for Healthy Environments & Communities (CHEC) at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH), Department of Environmental & Occupational Health (EOH). His responsibilities include technical computer, laboratory, & field tasks related to data collection & data evaluation to characterize potentially exposed human & ecological receptors across numerous exposure pathways. He is also involved in collaborative projects related to environmental health research, translation, community outreach, policy analysis, project and program evaluation, & community visioning & prioritization processes.

A 2006 graduate of the MPH program through the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health’s EOH department (and Risk Assessment certificate), Drew participated in several projects with CHEC during his graduate work; such projects include the Allegheny River Stewardship Project (ARSP), Autism & Heavy Metal Exposures, and Geopositioning of Coal Burning Power Stations, Coal Combustion Waste Sites (Fly Ash), and Beneficial Use Sites.

Drew is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Public Health degree through the EOH department. In addition to his work with CHEC, Drew is also an environmental consultant for the University of Pittsburgh Environmental Law Clinic and a DrPH student through GSPH’s EOH department.


Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, BNY Mellon
"Corporate Social Responsibility"

John is responsible for the company’s corporate social responsibility practices and performance including strategy development, board of directors and executive management engagement, communications development and reporting. He is also the Chief Administrative Officer for BNY Mellon’s Marketing & Corporate Affairs Division.

Director of the Remaking Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and Chair of the Master of Urban Design program in the School of Architecture
"Remaking Cities: Manifesto for the development and redevelopment of post-industrial cities"

Prior to joining CMU in July 2009, Don was President of Urban Design Associates in Pittsburgh where he led many of the firm’s most complex projects, drawing upon his broad international experience as an architect, urban designer, and developer. He continues to serve as consulting principal to the firm. Don is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and a member of the Urban Land Institute. He has lectured and published internationally on urban design and architecture.

Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, UPMC
"The Illusion of Inclusion"

Candi is the Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer at UPMC. She oversees employee engagement and community initiatives involving more than 55,000 employees and the diverse communities served by UPMC. 

In 2008, Candi launched the UPMC Center for Inclusion. Her recent efforts include the Dignity & Respect Campaign, now a national initiative, founded on 30 Tips that remind us to be mindful of how we treat others; the Cultural Competency Initiative, a practical approach for helping employees learn to interact with others in a culturally appropriate manner; Health Community Healthy You, a multifaceted UPMC effort to motivate the community to become partners in their healthcare; and serving as a co-chair of the Regional Health Literacy Coalition, a community collaboration focused on improving patient and provider communications.

Director, Sustainability Initiatives, Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York 
“Taking the car out of carbon” 

Mr. Dutta works toward two broad goals: 1) To reduce the environmental footprint of the MTA and 2) to verifiably measure the carbon benefits that accrue to the region, due to the MTA’s operations. The latter, in a carbon constrained future, could bring additional resources to the MTA and others like it. He was instrumental in the MTA’s carbon footprint being measured, verified and registered with the Climate Registry, the first transit agency of its size to do so. He has also played a leadership role in the transit industry’s effort to quantify its carbon benefits through his work on the Climate Change Working Group of the American Public Transportation Association. Mr. Dutta has combined the practice of architecture and urban design with cutting-edge sustainable design strategies that result in energy, material, and other resource conservation. He believes that sustainability is imperative for all development and should be an essential part of the tool-kit of any designer of the built environment.

CEO, and Principal of MAYA Design
"The 3rd Industrial Revolution is Pittsburgh"

Mickey is president, CEO, and principal of MAYA Design, a leading technology design and innovation lab. In 2005, Mickey spearheaded the launch of MAYA's Pervasive Computing practice to help companies kick-start innovation around business challenges in the connected world. To explore the emerging value at the intersection of design, technology, and business, Mickey co-authored Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology (Wiley 2012). The book is a field guide to the future, where instead of information being "in" computers; people, products, environments, and cultures will begin to live "in" the information. His work has been published in Bloomberg Businessweek,FortuneFast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review. Mickey is a frequent speaker on the topic of design, pervasive computing, and business innovation.

Senior Associate, Standards, B Lab 
"B Corporations redefine success by giving business a soul"

Hardik oversees the development of the B Impact Assessment, a tool that has assisted 15,000+ organizations in measuring what matters most - their company's impact on employees, communities, and the environment. Prior to joining B Lab, Hardik worked for the Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition to equip Philadelphia residents with tools to avoid home foreclosure.

Chief Sustainability Officer, Office of Mayor Michael B. Hancock, City and County of Denver
"What Denver knows that Pittsburgh should too...regional systems for sustainable development" 

Jerry is Denver’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. He coordinates the efforts of all city agencies and their 11,000 employees in achieving the City’s 2020 Sustainability Goals. These goals, among the most comprehensive and ambitious of any municipality in United States, seek to ensure that the basic resources upon which economic activity and quality of life depend are available and affordable to everyone in Denver, both today and tomorrow. Jerry’s office focuses on achieving 2020 goals for twelve resource groups: air quality, climate stability, energy, food, health, housing, land use, materials, mobility, water quantity, water quality and workforce.

Jerry previously served as the Director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission in Columbus, where he fostered several cutting-edge initiative, including the nation’s first regional food system assessment and plan (winner of the Trailblazer Award for innovation from the National Association of Development Organizations).

An attorney by trade, Jerry practiced as a commercial trial attorney representing businesses of all sizes for over 20 years, and was a partner in two of Ohio’s largest law firms.

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director, Water Quality in Urban Environmental Systems (Water-QUEST), Carnegie Mellon University
"One Water...the energy-water nexus"

Jeanne is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research is in environmental systems, including biotransformation of recalcitrant organics, detection of biological agents in drinking water and natural water systems, and speciation-driven biogeochemistry of chelating agents and disinfection by-products. Jeanne has served on the boards of the Association for Environmental Engineering and Science Professors and the Ohio River Basin Consortia for Research and Education. She is currently serving on the U.S.EPA Science Advisory Board.



Executive Vice President -- Corporate Relations at Allegheny Conference on Community Development

Bill supervises investor relations activities for the Conference and Affiliates (the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance), including fundraising, membership services and educational programming. He also oversees organizational communications. In this role, Bill hosts Our Region’s Business on WPXI-TV, WJAC-TV, WTOV-TV and the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (PCNC), a Sunday morning business affairs program the Conference produces in partnership with WPXI-TV.



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Presenting Sponsor
Platinum Level
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Logo for Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Logo for Polar Bears International

For exhibit and sponsorship information, please call Ginette Walker Vinski at 412-258-6646 or

Media Sponsors

Additional support by:
Alcoa Foundation
Bayer USA Foundation
Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
Buhl Foundation
The Heinz Endowments
Richard King Mellon Foundation

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Allegheny Conference on Community Development
Chatham University, Falk School of Sustainability
Duquesne University (Sustainability MBA Program and the Center for Environmental Research & Education)
Green Building Alliance
Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research, Carnegie Mellon
Sustainable Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh - Institute of Politics
Urban Innovation21

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Tom Bartnik, Pittsburgh Green Innovators
Carl Bender, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies
John Buckley, BNY Mellon
Andrew Butcher, GTECH
Tracy Certo, Pop City
Jonas Chaney, WPXI-TV
Lalit Chordia, Thar Technologies, Inc.
Rachel Filippini, GASP
Bill Flanagan, Allegheny Conference on Community Development
Bill Generett, Urban Innovation21
Pat Getty, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
Court Gould, Sustainable Pittsburgh
Melanie Harrington, Vibrant Pittsburgh
Dave Hassenzahl, Chatham University
Jim Hassinger, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission
Doug Heuck, Pittsburgh Quarterly
Brian Hill, Richard King Mellon Foundation
Susan Hockenberry, Local Government Academy
Gena Kovalcik, University of Pittsburgh
Deborah Lange, Carnegie Mellon
Mario Leone, Borough of Monaca
Mark Lewis, POISE Foundation
Rebecca Lucore, Bayer MaterialScience LLC
Kevin McKnight, Alcoa
Terry Miller, University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics
Mick McManus, MAYA Design
Christine Mondor, evolveEA
Jamie Moore, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group
Kim O'Dell, Heinz Family Foundation
Bill O'Rourke, Duquesne University
Jerry Paytas, Fourth Economy
Audrey Russo, Pittsburgh Technology Council
Mike Schiller, Green Building Alliance
Sam Taylor, Science & Engineering Ambassadors
John Trant, Cranberry Township