A Successful Sustainability Summit

How do we start a conversation about climate change, without scaring people away? What sparks your passion to continue to work on climate change issues? How can we learn innovation from nature, engineers, architects, and other sources to better our world?

On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, our Sustainability Summit for Youth addressed these questions and more while encouraging over 100 local high school students and teachers to think critically about sustainability and to discover ways in which they can become involved in combating climate change.

Thank you to David Finegold, President of Chatham University, our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Joylette Portlock, ED of Sustainable Pittsburgh, and our panelists, Dr. Iris Grossmann, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Technology at Chatham University’s Falk School of Sustainability, and Sarah Yeager, Resilience Analyst from the City of Pittsburgh for the education and inspiration.

And a huge thank you to our sponsor TEN (The Efficiency Network) for supporting, as the students said “an amazing educational opportunity!”

Our Mission

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh’s mission
is to provide a pathway for a more globally minded region, offering students and the community a learning space that covers key international issues.

The Council is a member of the World Affairs Council of America, a network of more than 90 nonprofit, nonpartisan member Councils around the country.


Public Events

Diplomacy Simulation Workshop with the US State Department

May 30 @ 10:00 am - May 30 @ 1:00 pm

Join the Carnegie Library – Downtown & Business, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, and the US State Department for this fun, interactive experience at negotiating in an international diplomacy simulation. The total time for the negotiation is about 3 hours. Participants should plan on attending the entire simulation. Space is limited and registration is … Read More

Air Force Space Command Event

June 14 @ 9:00 am - June 14 @ 10:00 am

Pitt Cyber is pleased to welcome to Lieutenant General David Thompson to the University of Pittsburgh. General Thompson is Vice Commander of Air Force Space Command. He is responsible to the commander of Air Force Space Command in carrying out Air Force space missions and integrating space policy, guidance, coordination, and synchronization of space-related activities, and … Read More

School Events

Emerging Global Leaders Seminar

June 17 - June 20

Monday, June 17 – Thursday, June 20 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Click here to register! The Emerging Global Leaders Seminar is a free, 4-day immersive program designed to help high school students understand and think critically about their world—and the various issues, connections, and perspectives within it. This summer, the seminar … Read More

Summer Institute for Teachers

June 25 @ 8:30 am - June 26 @ 2:30 pm

22nd Annual Summer Institute for Teachers: A Shifting World: Key Global Issues Tuesday, June 25 – Wednesday, June 26, 2019 8:30 am – 2:30 pm Duquesne University Will today’s students be prepared to face global challenges and opportunities? The World Affairs Council’s Summer Institute provides educators with new content and tools to prepare students for … Read More

Council News

City High’s Jacob Osho gains a global perspective through his amazing internship.

October 23, 2018

When City Charter High School senior Jacob Osho showed up for his first workplace experience, an internship at the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, he made a fantastic first impression. “From the very first day (and I’m not exaggerating), I was impressed with Jacob’s professionalism,” reports Brittany Cheeks, Education Program Manager at the World Affairs … Read More

WACA Weekly World News Update 8/29/2018

August 29, 2018

  Wednesday, August 29, 2018 Remembering John McCain; Rohingya Crisis One Year On; Uganda’s Crackdown; Land Reform in South Africa; Australia’s New PM; Taiwan’s Allies Dwindle; Macron’s Call for European Defense; U.S. Foreign Aid Rollback?        Remembering John McCain   “Obituary: John McCain” Editorial Board — The Economist, August 26, 2018   “The … Read More

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