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.

  • 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 with two free public lectures: "Can Economists Solve Our Sustainability Challanges?" (Sept. 14) and "Environmental Exposures and Human Health in Social Context" (Nov. 2). RSVP required for each event.

One Pitt One Planet Sustainable IDEAS

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

Pitt Sustainability Awards

The first-annual Pitt Sustainable Awards will recognize Pitt faculty, staff, and students who are making an extraordinary impact on campus sustainability. Submit a nomination.

Sustainable Solutions Competition

During the 2015 Sustainable Solutions Competition, Sept. 20-26, interdisciplinary teams of students will compete to create the next big idea in campus sustainability. Students interested in participating should e-mail greenteam@pitt.edu.

Last year, the Project Towers Team won the competition for their proposal to reduce energy consumption in the Towers residence halls.