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Sustainable Solutions Competition

Students participating in the Sustainable Solutions 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.

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Pitt's Legacy

  • 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.

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

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

Pitt Sustainability Awards

This first-annual nomination program will recognize Pitt faculty, staff, students, and groups who are generating awareness, implementing projects, or catalyzing new initiatives in sustainability education, research, or practice.

Check back in September to see how you can submit a nomination. Award winners will be selected in Spring 2015.

Matching Funds Program

To support Pitt’s Year of Sustainability initiative, the Office of the Provost is considering requests for matching funds up to $10,000 to support lectures, seminars, workshops, colloquia, etc., related to sustainability. Programs that bring together individuals from multiple departments are encouraged. Requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

Events

Sep
19
Frank W. Eld: The Art of Finnish Log Construction
1:00 PM
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Inaugural Joint Architectural Studies and Civil Engineering Seminar
The Finns introduced log cabins to America in the New Sweden Colony in 1638.  The log structures created by the Finns are a work of art. 

Oct
23
Book Workshop, Renewables: The Political History of a Global Energy Transition
8:30 AM
University Club Gold Room

Michaël Aklin (University of Pittsburgh) and Johannes Urpelainen (Columbia University).  
Hosted by Department of Political Science. Moderator:  Associate Professor of Political Science Jude A. Hays.  Discussants:  Dr. Frank Laird, (Josef Korbel School of International Relations, University of Denver; Dr. Lyle Scruggs, Department of Political Science, University of Connecticut).

Oct
24
“Sustainability Policies in the US and Europe: A Comparison of Sources and Outcomes"
12:00 PM
WW Posvar Hall 4217

Michaël Aklin (University of Pittsburgh) and Johannes Urpelainen (Columbia University).  
Hosted by UCIS European Studies Center/European Union Center for Excellence.