Green Cities Sustainability Fellow: Green Workplace Challenge Analyst, phase 2.

Expected Dates
June 16, 2014 to July 12, 2014
Sustainable Pittsburgh
Position ID

The SCA Sustainability Fellow will be responsible for providing support to Sustainable Pittsburgh’s 2014-2015 Green Workplace Challenge (GWC) as part of its contributions to the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative.  The SCA Sustainability Fellow will be providing direct assistance to the 100+ organizations so that they complete the maximum number of  competition actions for the  2013 – 2014 GWC.


Questions can be sent to Miriam, SCA Green Cities Program Coordinator, at  Please do not email host organizations.  Thanks!

Work with Sustainable Pittsburgh staff to redesign the GWC competition manual to encompass additional, updated sustainable practices (such as a transportation component) and additional competition categories (universities, nonprofits, local government, school districts).
Work with Sustainable Pittsburgh staff to evaluate the performance of 2013 – 2014 GWC.

20%  Interact daily with competitors to analyze their current GWC performance and project what strategic actions they can take; visit with competitors to help them complete GWC actions.

10%  Work with Sustainable Pittsburgh staff to re-launch the competition

10% Evaluate, update, re-launch the GWC website and social media platform

5% Assist with graphic designers to design and produce various print material sustainable/green products and services available in the listed local businesses; promote GWC program by meeting with business owners and borough leaders; increase awareness of the program by interacting with businesses.

10%: Funding, both monetary and in-kind support, for the Sustainability Fellow’s projects will be pursued for expanding the intern’s project impacts. In-kind donations will be solicited for SCA service projects with other crew members.

5%: Other duties include regular day-to-day tasks of running an office, such as: scheduling meetings; fielding phone calls and emails from citizens; other duties as assigned. General office work will be kept to a minimum, so that the Sustainability Intern can focus his/her time gaining relevant experience.
Applicants should have a strong interest in sustainability in both corporate and community settings.  Applicants should be interested in pursuing sustainable development as a career goal. Applicants with a background in business, engineering, science, public policy or other related fields are preferred. 


Specific skills sought are:

  • Ability to offer customer-oriented service and problem solving to an array of  community and business leaders and officials
  • Ability to analyze existing performance conditions, to evaluate various courses of action, and to make recommendations to a diverse array of experts and community and business leaders and officials
  • Ability to communicate and interact with diverse array of experts and community and business leaders and officials
  • Ability to gather and analyze data pertaining to business and community trends, needs, and scenarios
  • Ability to take initiative to organize connections where expertise and needs match relating to business and community sustainability challenges
  • Ability to manage website and social media platforms.

First round phone interviews will occur July 2nd and 3rd, and second round interviews projected to occur by July 11th. 

Compensation: $160/week living stipend, $400/month rent stipend, $100/month bus pass stipend, extensive training, Education Award, funds to attend conferences and events, funds to obtain your LEED Green Associate accreditation, workers compensation, and relocation support.  Unfortunately this position does not qualify for healthcare insurance because it is non-AmeriCorps; we do provide a cash award equivalent to the AmeriCorps award upon completing the position, similar to AmeriCorps.

Questions can be sent to Miriam, SCA Green Cities Program Coordinator, at  Please do not email host organizations.  Thanks!

The Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge (GWC)
The GWC is a free, yearlong competition from June 2013 – May 2014 for organizations to save money and gain recognition for energy savings and other green initiatives. Through the GWC, participants track and measure improvements in the areas of energy, water, waste, and transportation. Points are earned based on actions taken. The GWC steps beyond national trendsetters in enabling participants to actively track and receive credit and verification for their green actions in a safe and secure environment. The GWC is open to businesses, nonprofits, municipalities, and colleges/universities. Participants compete among peers in their own category type.

From June 2013 – May 2014, 100+ forward-thinking organizations from southwestern PA are taking actions via the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge that resulted in improved energy efficiencies, water usage and emissions reductions, ultimately paving the way for a more sustainable region. This is the second round of the competition. The competition will be redesigned and relaunched again in September 2014 and will run through August 2015.



  • Sustainable Pittsburgh’s office in downtown Pittsburgh, PA.

    Sustainable Pittsburgh affects decision-making in the Pittsburgh region to integrate economic prosperity, social equity, and environmental quality bringing sustainable solutions to communities and businesses. ( Sustainable Pittsburgh advances its mission through building strategic networks.

  • Extensive sustainability training.
  • Extensive workshop and volunteering opportunities.
  • Our Green Cities Corps Fellows gain significant professional experience through leadership roles in urban sustainability and community development projects.

Main Area of Focus
Education, Training & Skills Expected

None listed.