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Established in 2003, the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (MCSI) is the University of Pittsburgh's University-wide sustainability center focused on catalyzing sustainability research and education. MCSI leads Pitt's faculty sustainability engagement via strategy programs focused on integrating sustainability into the curriculum, groundbreaking sustainability research, community outreach, and innovation. Its various student opportunities focus on exploring and experiencing sustainability in research, practice, and performance. MCSI also creates opportunities to coordinate academic collaborations across campus with Pitt's other sustainability-focused and -related research centers. 

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Vision, Mission, and Values

Learn about the vision, mission, and guiding principles for MCSI, as well as how to support its research, education and outreach programs.

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Commitment to DEI and Environmental Justice

MCSI commits to making diversity, equity, and inclusion a part of its research and education by emphasizing the key role that environmental justice plays in sustainability. Read the full values statement.

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Strategic Planning

Read about MCSI's role in shaping and elevating sustainability at the University in 2023. 

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Signature Programs

Learn more about MCSI's external, community partners, as well as funding and experiential opportunities designed to help Pitt faculty and students engage in sustainability research, education and outreach.

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Our History and Legacy

Follow the timeline of major events for MCSI and learn more about John C. "Jack" Mascaro, a Pitt alum and founder of Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation.