Brittany Prischak has joined the staff of Mercyhurst College as sustainability officer, a position aimed at coordinating the college’s ongoing green initiatives and heightening its dedication toward becoming climate neutral.
Prischak, a 2009 Mercyhurst graduate and Pittsburgh native, comes to the position duly prepared. During her senior year at Mercyhurst, she helped prepare the college’s Green House Gas Emissions Inventory as required of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), signed by Mercyhurst President Dr. Thomas Gamble in 2007. She will continue to promote Mercyhurst’s Climate Action Plan in moving toward carbon neutrality.
Already a frontrunner among U.S. colleges and universities with its commitment to purchase 100 percent of its electricity needs from wind power, Mercyhurst continues to emerge as a leader in sustainability in the areas of renewable energy investment, waste reduction, landscaping and curriculum development.
Prischak said she is impressed at the level of commitment among the college constituencies, but feels more can be done to inspire students to go green.
“I think we need to continue to raise awareness on campus and I’d like to see us develop incentives for more student commitment,” Prischak said. “We want to make it easier for students to join us because they are the future and they need to deliver the message to the next generation.”