Executive Briefing Convenes Cross-Sector Interests
to Advance Sustainability in Southwestern PA

CEOs for Sustainability, a program of Sustainable Pittsburgh, was pleased to partner with the Allegheny Conference on Community Development on May 15 to present a Special Topic Briefing on how organizations are employing sustainability practices to address societal challenges. The event introduced the Allegheny Conference’s recently developed sustainability principles to guide the Pittsburgh region. A diverse committee comprising representatives of the region’s business, academic, government, philanthropic and nonprofit communities developed the principles under the leadership of Jerry MacCleary, CEOs for Sustainability co-chair and chairman and CEO of Covestro LLC.

Sustainable Pittsburgh Executive Director Dr. Joylette Portlock led Dr. Jonathan Foley, executive director of Project Drawdown, in a fireside chat focusing on reasons for optimism in the fight to address climate change (photo above). Dr. Portlock then led a moderated discussion with Foley and local sustainability executives about how their organizations are advancing sustainability and the business case for doing so. Panelists included Mickey Black, Managing Director of Sustainability and Fuel at FedEx Ground; Scott Lammie, CFO of UPMC Health Plan; and Grant Ervin, Chief Resilience Officer at the City of Pittsburgh.

Explore this website to find tools and programs for advancing sustainability at your organization, and look for sustainable business case studies featuring FedEx Ground and UPMC soon.

Savvy business leaders are the driving force behind transformational sustainability strategies, linking business sustainability performance, financial performance, and regional quality of life.  Recognizing executives’ critical role in achieving these tremendous potential benefits, CEOs from leading private-sector companies throughout the Pittsburgh region have established the CEOs for Sustainability executive council. Their vision:

CEOs for Sustainability is exemplary executive leadership and collaboration to drive positive change in the region. By demonstrating responsibility and creativity in the use of precious resources (human, natural, energy, capital and materials), we ensure enduring economic and social prosperity for our businesses and for our regional community.

Improving Business Performance and Quality of Life in the Region

Through CEOs for Sustainability, CEOs of the region’s leading companies share best sustainable business practices and collaborate in growing the ranks of those around the region that reap the benefits of a triple bottom line — for people, planet, and profits. The group is working to increase the number of businesses that practice, measure, and publicly report their sustainable business performance. The CEOs recognize that prosperous businesses are the foundation of a successful, strong region.

To demonstrate their commitment and inspire other companies in the region, 100 percent of the CEOs for Sustainability companies have achieved the Southwestern Pennsylvania Sustainable Business Compact On Ramp. Through the On Ramp, businesses can assess their sustainability performance, commit to progress, and follow a roadmap to Compact achievement.

Introducing Renewable Energy for the Power of 32, an initiative to support CEOs for Sustainability’s goal of advancing renewable energy in the region

Large energy consumers now have a partner to help them reach their renewable energy goals

CEOs for Sustainability, Sustainable Pittsburgh, and the Power of 32 launch Renewable Energy for the Power of 32 to leverage the buying power of large energy consumers in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Learn more here.

About the CEOs

Co-chaired by WindStax Energy Founder and CEO Ron Gdovic and Covestro LLC President Jerry MacCleary, CEOs for Sustainability is an outcomes-based leadership network.

Co-Chair Ron Gdovic

Founder and CEO

Co-Chair Jerry MacCleary

CEO and Chairman


The group is facilitated by Bill O’Rourke, the former Vice President of Sustainability, Environment, Health and Safety at Alcoa. Sustainable Pittsburgh coordinates the initiative in concert with its Champions for Sustainability business network.

CEOs for Sustainability is guided by the vision and sustainability leadership of participating executives.

CEOs for Sustainability Executive Council

Jeff Broadhurst,
President and CEO

Lalit Chordia, Ph.D., Founder and CEO

Ned D. Eldridge,
President, CEO and Founder

Ron Gdovic,
Founder and CEO

Steve Guy,
President and CEO

Chuck Hammel,

Colin Huwyler,

David F. Landis,
Vice President

Kurt Lesker IV,
President and CEO

Jerry MacCleary,
CEO and Chairman

Matt Newton,

Robert Nutting,
CEO and Principal Owner

Antonis Papadourakis, Ph.D.,
President and CEO

Ciannie Rodriguez,
Store Manager,
Greater Pittsburgh Area

Murray Rust,

Marty Ryan,
President and CEO

Jack Scalo,
President and CEO

Andrew AJ Schwartz,
Managing Principal

Venkee Sharma,

Rob Smith,

Wendy P. Staso
Owner, President and CEO

Charles Toran,

Cathy Wissink,
Director, Technology & Civic Engagement

Raymond Yeager,
President and CEO


Research Liaison:
Catherine Augustine,
Director, RAND Pittsburgh Office