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Swanson School Industrial Engineering Administrator Liza Allison Honored with MCSI 2020 Sustainability Award

PITTSBURGH (March 23, 2020) — The Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (MCSI) has announced that Elizabeth (Liza) Allison, program administrator for the University of Pittsburgh Center for Advanced Manufacturing (UPCAM) and the Center for Industry Studies (CIS) in the Swanson School of Engineering, has been selected for the 2020 Sustainability Award Program in the Staff category.

The Awards recognize members of the Pitt community who are making an extraordinary impact on Pitt’s sustainability. The individuals or groups selected have had an impact in one of the three categories of the Pitt Sustainability Plan—Stewardship, Exploration, and/or Community and Culture—and contribute to a thriving culture of sustainability at Pitt.

Allison’s contributions include making the Department of Industrial Engineering an early adopter of composting in the lunchroom and purchasing compostable and eco-friendly office supplies for the Department. She was among the first to take a zero-waste approach to events, even going the extra mile to make sure off-campus events were sustainable and educated the department on the ways they can reduce their carbon footprint.

“Liza has made many positive changes in the Department of Industrial Engineering that contribute to their increased sustainability,” says Gena Kovalcik, co-director of MCSI. “Her proactive approach is a great example of what all of us can be doing to decrease our footprint and improve sustainability in our professional and personal lives.”

The full list of 2020 Pitt Sustainability Award Winners is 


  • Dr. Danielle Andrews-Brown, Geology and Environmental Scienc
  • Dr. Shanti Gamper-Rabindran, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs


  • Liza Allison, Department of Industrial Engineering
  • Tiara Arnold, Pitt Housing, Housekeeping



  • Ellie Cadden, undergraduate, environmental studies
  • Sarah Hart, undergraduate, environmental studies

Staff (Group)

Pitt Business Staff Leadership Collaboration
led by Chris Driscoll (IT); Greg (FM) Guzewicz; Karri Rogers (Dean’s Office)


Student (Group)

Zero Waste Period Initiative
led by Pitt Planned Parenthood and SOOS



Author: Maggie Pavlick