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

Civil Wars and the Future of the Middle East, Featuring Ross Harrison

September 17 @ 12:00 pm - September 17 @ 1:30 pm

Please join us as we welcome distinguished speaker Ross Harrison on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm at the Omni William Penn in the Lawrence Welk Room. More information coming soon!  

School Events

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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