Our Mission

Co-OP is a Pittsburgh-based community initiative that presents factual scientific information to engage key stakeholder groups in professional fields such as engineering, industry, and government.  Local, interdisciplinary experts comprise forum panels and are trained to communicate their expertise in a clear, comprehensive manner.  Co-OP's goal is to educate and inform environmentally sound and socially conscious decision making in the Pittsburgh community. 

Who We Are

Co-OP: Connecting Ordinary People is an organization founded and operated for the future, during the present. Our network spans every age group, demographic, socioeconomic group, and community stakeholder within the city of Pittsburgh. We are currently expanding our network and want you to be part of it.

What We Do

C0-OP seeks to redefine how scientific research, facts, and jargon are communicated to the public at large. One of the largest barriers to scientific literacy is the way experts communicate their impressive, technical work. We train our speakers to translate the complexities of their work to clear and accessible dialogue fit for the lab, the boardroom, or even the local coffee shop.  

We are currently piloting our first science-based communication solution through our forum series. Each forum focuses on a broad environmental or technological topic and breaks down into three separate, broadly applicable, forum events. Each forum event is carefully curated, identifying experts local to the city of Pittsburgh with diverse professional and/or personal experiences to be shared with forum event attendees. 

Want to be part of our upcoming events? We are always looking for engaging speakers, enthusiastic attendees, and forum event volunteers. Contact us here

Our Story

Co-OP: Connecting Ordinary People was created to address the lack of sustainability and environmental expertise among key stakeholders outside of science and engineering fields.  In a world confronting climate change and technical challenges, the Co-OP team firmly believes in the value of shifting the current paradigm of uncertainty to informed decision making at the local level. Environmental impacts are not siloed, so engagement and solutions should not be either. The initiative is supported by Alloy26, HERlead, and the Vital Voices Global Partnership.  

Our Team

Co-OP's team brings together experienced professionals with ambitious young professionals. Our core team is comprised of university students and recent college graduates, but we are always looking to grow our team to include more talent and experiences in the various roles and advisory council positions available.  Meet our team here

If you live in Pittsburgh, care deeply about our community, and desire to contribute your skills and talents to an organization for the city, let us know. We are always looking to bring on board community members to further our mission. Contact us if you are interested in becoming part of our team.