Sustainable Solutions Competition

Students participating in this competition work in teams to come up with solutions to sustainability challenges. Pitt’s Office of Student Affairs sponsors the competition.

Sustainable Solutions Competition
Global Glow

As part of Pitt's Year of Sustainability, nearly 3,800 new students attempt to reclaim a Guinness World Record for largest torch-lit image.

Driving Electric Car Research

Pitt is one of four universities nationwide that is testing a tiny car, the Innova Dash University Electric Vehicle, in the hope of improving electric-car technology and reducing the University's carbon footprint.

  • Pitt signed the 1990 Talloires Declaration supporting mobilization of higher-ed resources for sustainability.

  • Sierra magazine named Pitt one of 'America’s Coolest Schools' for its commitment to environmentalism.

  • Pitt launched its first campus-wide energy management system in 1975.

  • Pitt’s Carrillo Street Steam Plant is one of the cleanest university plants in the United States.

  • A composting system has cut food waste by 75 percent in Pitt’s Market Central dining facility.

  • Pitt’s print shop won Forest Stewardship Council certification for its support of sustainable forestry.

  • 5 Pitt construction projects have earned LEED Gold certification, with 9 more pursuing certification.

  • Pitt’s Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation is a world leader in sustainable engineering.

  • Energy conservation at Pitt has resulted in more than $44 million in energy cost avoidance since 1996.

  • The Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges ranks Pitt among the most environmentally responsible U.S. universities.

  • Pitt placed first in Sustainable Pittsburgh's 2013-14 Green Workplace Challenge in the university category.

One Pitt One Planet Sustainable IDEAS

If you are a student, staff or faculty member with an idea that seeks to increase the sustainability of Pitt’s campus and daily operations, Submit it now! 

Pitt Sustainability Awards

1st annual Pitt Sustainable Awards nomination program that will recognize Pitt faculty, staff, students and groups who are making an extraordinary impact on campus sustainability. Submit a nomination

Engineering Sustainability Conference

Engineering Sustainability 2015: Innovation and the Triple Bottom Line is set for April 19-21. Sponsored by Pitt’s Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation and Carnegie Mellon University’s Steinbrenner Institute, the conference will present the latest research and practice directed at developing environmentally sustainable buildings and infrastructure.

Sustainable Solutions Competition Winners

Congratulations to the Project Towers Team and their proposal to reduce energy consumption in the Towers.