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Duquesne University MBA Alumni Recognized for Sustainability Efforts

At its Alumni Excellence Awards ceremony Duquesne University's Palumbo-Donahue School of Business recognized outstanding MBA Sustainability alumni.

Alumni of the program nominated outstanding peers in the three foundations of the MBA-Sustainability program: financial, social and environmental. They also recognized an alumnus for leadership. The winners were Erika Huyett Mau of Havertown, Pa.; Laura Eloyan of Wildwood, N.J.; Jason Wirick of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; and Drew Lessard of Pittsburgh. Their accomplishments are:

Erika Huyett Mau, Class of '11, Financial Bottom Line Award

Mau is the corporate manager of sustainability for SKF USA. Her achievements include compliance and sustainability initiatives at more than 30 industrial facilities, and the implementation of ISO 50001 certification for eight energy-intensive facilities while targeting annual reduction of 3,000,000 kilowatt hours. She is also responsible for meeting corporate goals of a 5 percent energy reduction year over year, a 50 percent reduction of volatile organic compounds and 100 percent recycling of industrial wastes.

Laura Eloyan, Class of '10, Social Bottom Line Award

Eloyan is a public health analyst for the Centers for Disease Control. She recently spent time at ground zero analyzing the Ebola outbreak.

Jason Wirick, Class of '10, Environmental Bottom Line Award

Wirick is a personal and professional advocate to further the environmental bottom line through his work as director of facilities and sustainability at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. He is responsible for managing Phipps' waste management and water usage programs. Approximately 76 percent of Phipps' waste is composted and the water-saving strategies have reduced water use by 42 percent from 2012-14.

Drew Lessard, Class of '10, Recognition of Leadership, Dedication and Service

Lessard is the head of business development and sales for the Pittsburgh-based startup Collected. He founded the Donahue Business Advisory Council, which he led as president until fall 2014. Lessard is also the treasurer of the board of directors for Venture Outdoors.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability. Follow Duquesne University on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.