Finale and Awards Celebration

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More than 120 attendees joined together in celebrating the achievements of the 100+ organizations that competed. We mixed, mingled, and shared our favorite competition stories. Attendees were among the first to learn what participants accomplished over the course of a year’s dedication, and which organizations earned the top spot in their division. Sustainable Pittsburgh announced Top Savers in Energy, Water, Commuter Footprint, and Waste, and Top Legacy Savers in Energy and Water. We also announced the first-ever winner of the SP Challenge People’s Choice Award!

All participants, including schools in the K-12 Challenge and "Self-Performers," were invited to attend. You invited your sustainability team members and your organization's leadership to be part of the celebration. Green Mountain Energy hosted a table at the event and encouraged attendees to sign up to make the switch to renewable energy. Those who chatted at the table were entered into a drawing to win a Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight – an emergency LED light rechargeable via USB, solar power, or hand crank!


Thursday, March 21, 2019


5:00 pm - 7:30 pm


PNC Park | Jim Beam Left Field Lounge

115 Federal St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212


$35 for Sustainable Pittsburgh Program Participants

$45 for Sustainable Pittsburgh Members/Non-participants

$55 for non-member/non-participants

$95 for event registration and one year Sustainable Pittsburgh membership

Registration includes a light dinner and two drink tickets.


5:00 pm - Networking Reception

5:30 pm - Welcome and Introduction

Joylette Portlock, Executive Director, Sustainable Pittsburgh

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5:35 pm - Sustainability in Practice at PNC Park

Sissy Burkhart, Cleaning Operations Manager, Pittsburgh Pirates

5:45 pm - From “Green” to “Sustainable”: The Evolution of Pittsburgh’s Sustainability Challenge

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Autumn Secrest, Sustainable Business Programs Manager, Sustainable Pittsburgh

5:55 pm - Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge Awards

Awards Ceremony hosted by Autumn Secrest, Sustainable Business Programs Manager, and Hayden Sloan, SP Challenge Analyst

Business Awards

Presented by special guest, Jennifer Beahm, Editor-in-Chief, Pittsburgh Business Times

Nonprofit Awards

Municipality and Local Government Awards

Education Awards: K-12 and University

Top Saver Awards: Energy, Water, Waste, and Commuter Footprint

Top Legacy Awards: Energy, Water

People's Choice Award

6:45 pm - Closing Remarks

7:00 pm - Networking Reception

Getting There

Public Transportation

PNC Park is accessible by public transportation from Downtown Pittsburgh via subway (or "the T"). Ride the Red or Blue lines inbound to North Side Station. Public transportation directions can be found here.

Driving and Parking

Paid on-street parking (free after 6 pm), and garage parking are available near the PNC Park venue. Carpooling is recommended. Driving directions can be found here.

Accessibility Information

The PNC Park Facilities are designed to meet applicable standards for accessibility for disabled guests under the Americans With Disabilities Act. American Sign Language interpreters will be available for the duration of the ceremony.

Childcare Information

On-site childcare for children 2-12 years of age will be available, provided by Flexable. To sign up for childcare, please register using this form or by clicking the button below. Children under 2 may be accommodated with advance notice.