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Dr. Peter Walker on speaker panel at Pittsburgh Earth Day Sustainability Business Breakfast

PITTSBURGH, PA:  As part of the 2nd annual Pittsburgh Earth Day celebration, the 2016 Sustainability Business Breakfast will bring together a panel of local professionals, including Dean Peter Walker of Chatham’s Falk School of Sustainability, to discuss the sustainability movement flourishing in the region.

The Sustainability Business Breakfast is free by reservation and will be held from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM on Earth Day, April 22nd at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown, Pittsburgh. Attendees will enjoy a continental breakfast while local sustainability experts and business leaders share their stories and insight regarding the green progress in Pittsburgh.

The panel will feature Grant Ervin, Chief Resilience Officer and Sustainability Manager for the Office of Mayor Bill Peduto; Scott Lammie, CFO and SVP, UPMC Insurance Services Division; Lucas Piatt, President and COO of Millcraft Investments; Geoff Muessig, CMO and Executive VP of Pitt Ohio; Aurora Sharrard, PhD – LEED AP BD+C, Executive Director and VP of Innovation of Green Building Alliance; Matthew Mehalik Ph.D., Program Director at Sustainable Pittsburgh; Brett Robinson, President of Terra Building Group; Dr. Gregory Reed Ph.D., Professor and Director, Center for Energy Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh; Dr. Peter Walker, Dean and Professor, Falk School of Sustainability, Chatham University; Mary T. McKinney, PhD, Project Manager of the Duquesne University Center for Green Industries and Sustainable Business Growth; Pat Conway, Co-founder of Great Lakes Brewing Company; Ron Gdovic, CEO Windstax; and Christine Mondor AIA, LEED AP,  Principal, evolveEA, Faculty, Carnegie Mellon University. Duquesne University Center for Green Industries and Sustainable Business Growth will present the 4th Annual Pennsylvania Sustainable Small Business Award to the winner at the breakfast.

“When I moved here 12 years ago, it was widely accepted that Pittsburgh was 10 years behind the times. Today, people and organizations from all over the world come to Pittsburgh to learn from us. We have many of these panelists to thank for Pittsburgh’s transformation,” says John Valentine, Executive Director of Executive Director of Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation (PDCDC), and the moderator for the Business Breakfast.

Tickets are free, but space is limited. Reservations are required, and space will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Interested attendees are asked to visit to reserve their seat. 

Pittsburgh Earth Day: Steel to Sustainable is a citywide celebration of advancements made in sustainability, technology, and innovation where people live, work, and play taking place April 21-24, 2016 with exciting activities held in several venues throughout the City of Pittsburgh. Events are made possible by: Acrobatique Creative, Easy Street Promotions, UPMC Health Plan, Pitt Ohio, Millcraft Investments, Revel + Roost, Port Authority, Carmeuse, Dollar Bank, Baierl Subaru, Terra Building Group, Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Chipotle, Chatham University/Falk School of Sustainability, Evergreen Facility Services, Google, Docherty Talent & Modeling Agency, Izzazu Salon Spa + Serata, Eons Fashion Antique, Whirl Magazine, Edible Allegheny, NEXTpittsburgh, The Yards at 3 Crossings, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Larrimor’s, Sustainable Pittsburgh, Green Building Alliance, PDCDC, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Fairmont Pittsburgh, TEDxPittsburgh, Rivers of Steel, Bike Pittsburgh, Visit Pittsburgh, and David L. Lawrence Convention Center.