Sarah Yeager


My name is Sarah Yeager. I'm from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I work for the City of Pittsburgh where I am a Climate and Resilience Analyst in the Department of City Planning. 

What sustainability, energy, and community issues are important to you?

I believe that climate change is the greatest challenge currently facing mankind. As such, efforts across all sectors and communities are needed to adequately address and effectively mitigate climate change. I am passionate about helping to reduce environmental impacts while also working to improve the quality of life and community resilience. While I enjoy learning about and implementing innovative technologies, I believe that community-based outreach and education is an equally important aspect of climate change mitigation. Additionally, in order to truly create a sustainable, resilient future, we must ensure that all actions are done in an equitable way.

What exciting projects/research are you working on now?

Through my job with the City of Pittsburgh, I get to work on a wide variety of interesting projects. After spending the last two years focused on the development of the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, I am excited to begin implementing the recently adopted CAP. I am working to help the City reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030 through a number of projects, programs, and policies. One projected that I am particularly excited to be working on is a citywide district energy analysis. This project aims to determine how Pittsburgh can create a ‘grid of microgrids’ in order to reduce emissions and improve resiliency. Being in the Department of City Planning, I also have the opportunity to help integrate sustainable practices and principles into a number of neighborhood plans. 

What are your plans for the next five years?

I hope to continue focusing on climate change mitigation, particularly through promoting renewable energy generation and improving end use energy efficiency. In the next five years I also plan to apply to graduate school.

What made you want to apply to SISE?

I have had the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of local, national, and international projects related to energy, climate, and sustainability. I am excited to participate in SISE to expand upon these experiences and enhance my understanding of topics and policies pertaining to energy and sustainability. I also believe that sustainability goals can only be accomplished through cooperative processes. I am excited to work with and learn from other professionals with a passion for sustainability.

What are you most looking forward to doing in Chicago?

I haven’t been to Chicago in a number of years so I am looking forward to exploring the city again. I’m also excited to spend time along Lake Michigan.

Do you like Cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?

I love all animals!