Working to promote healthy and high-performance buildings and communities
Urban Buildings Energy & Material
Sustainable & Resilient Buildings
Indoor Air Quality & Community Resilience
Sustainable Healthcare
Circular Economy
Life Cycle Assessment
Melissa M. Bilec, PhD

Co-director, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation

William Kepler Whiteford Professor

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Pittsburgh


Her research focuses on the sustainable built environment.  She is committed to exploring how the built environment can be an integral part of climate change solutions.  She views the world and her research using a systems-level approach, as she is an expert in life cycle assessment.  Using this view, she integrates critical built environment approaches from building energy modeling to indoor air quality assessment to develop robust strategies to mitigate climate change and deleterious environmental and human health impacts.  Most recently, she is working to solve the global waste challenge through the advancement and development of circular economy principles, since the built environment is a major consumer of resources and producer of waste.

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