Global Problems Global Solutions

Keynote Address: Thursday, April 21

Register in advance to be eligible for a special door prize!

"A Pathway To Environmental Sustainability," presented by keynote speaker Richard V. Piacentini, executive director of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Mr. Piacentini has been a leader of the green transformation of Phipps facilities and operations, is board member of International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and a recipient of ILFI and U.S. Green Building Council Leadership Awards.

Keynote Address
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 6:30 p.m.

Conference Activities

Wednesday, April 20

12-1 p.m. in the Ryan Room, Zappala College Center: Lunch and Learn with Waste Management 

Learn how waste management uses imaginative ways to turn waste into a resource for a brighter, more sustainable future and what it can do for you with these solutions. Click here to rsvp and attend the free lunch. 

6-8 p.m. in Palumbo Science Center, Room 108: Connecting to Climate Through Stories, Short-Documentary Series

By now we know the magnitude of the challenge that climate change presents to us, and as a society we are becoming more aware of our need for a rapid energy transition. Come join Kirsi Jansa, a Pittsburgh-based journalist and documentary filmmaker, as she shares her experiences using visual storytelling as a way to connect the dots and help people move from climate awareness to climate action.

Thursday, April 21

9 a.m. - 11 a.m. in the Ryan Room, Zappala College Center: Sustainable Design Presentations

La Roche design students will discuss sustainable design and LEED certified buildings as they present a variety of case studies on buildings from Pittsburgh and around the world.

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Zappala College Center, Information Table with Larry McKay

Learn about climate change and what you can do to make a difference.

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in front of the Wright Library: Tree Pittsburgh Tour
Learn about the various trees on La Roche's campus and what they do for the environment in this educational tour.

6-8 p.m. Zappala College Center Square: Keynote Address with Richard Piacentini

Dessert and coffee to follow.

Friday, April 22

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  at Frick Park

Volunteer activity with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. Sign up via the Office of Service and Mission. Transportation provided.

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. in Science Center, Room 219 with Larry McKay

Without an emergency reduction in greenhouse gasses, climate change could cause the collapse of civilization. The good news is that climate change also is an opportunity to challenge the economic system that created it in the first place and has failed the large majority of people living on this planet: capitalism. We are living in an important moment in human history, for we are faced with a stark and monumental choice: climate change or system change. 

About Global Problems, Global Solutions

Global Problems, Global Solutions is a free, annual conference. La Roche leads and co-sponsors the conference with local colleges, universities and nonprofits known for their global activism.

This year the Global Problems, Global Solutions conference will discuss progress, plans and initiatives related to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Established in September 2015, the new sustainable development agenda seeks to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.

    Dedicated to promoting justice and peace in a constantly changing global society, La Roche supports the U.N. in working to make these goals a reality in Pittsburgh and throughout the global marketplace.

    Previous keynote speakers

    • Maureen A. Dunn, Division chief of the office of policy and strategy at U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services 
    • Robert C. Gallo, MD, Co-Discoverer of HIV Causing AIDS 
    • Former Secretary of the Treasury Paul O’Neill 
    • Pulitzer Prize Winner Sheryl WuDunn 
    • Deputy Secretary of USAID, Ambassador Donald Steinberg 

    Contact Assistant Director of Global Engagement Charlotte Reed at 412-536-1215 or