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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.

Global Glow

Holding blue and red LED lights, some 3,800 first-year students kicked off Pitt's Year of Sustainability by forming a "living" world globe.

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 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.

Green Speakeasy

The Mascaro Center for Sustainable Invention's Green Speakeasy series continues this spring with free public lectures at the University Club. RSVP required for each event.

Pitt Sustainability Awards

Pitt Sustainability Awards recognize Pitt faculty, staff, and students who are making an extraordinary impact on campus sustainability. Read more and submit a nomination.

Sustainability Tour

Sustainable design and innovation are literally built into Pitt campuses. Learn about the University's green facilities and projects by taking our Sustainability Tour.