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The University of Pittsburgh defines “sustainability” as balancing equity, environment, & economics so current and future generations can thrive.  Keeping this in focus, Pitt is actively involved in sustainability initiatives and practices across disciplines, domains, and scales — including a commitment to carbon neutrality by 2037.  From business operations to research collaborations to fostering vibrant student groups and activism to master planning, Pitt is earning a strong reputation for its culture of sustainability across the nation. Join us and follow along as we continually challenge the status quo to create sustainable solutions, actions, strategies, and opportunities for students, faculty, staff, our campuses, and Western Pennsylvania.  Every person and decision matters; we welcome your help and encourage you to get involved!


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Hydration Stations

Pitt has water bottle refilling stations throughout campus for easy access to a refill and to encourage reusable beverage containers.


Bring your own bag instead of paying a 25¢ bag fee and help the environment. This program has prevented over 770,000 single-use plastic bags from being used on campus—a 95% reduction!

Compostables on Campus

You can compost on Pitt’s campus at a number of locations across campus. Learn more about what you can compost and where.

Did you know Pitt is addressing sustainability through 15 impact areas?


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Dec 06
Café Sci – The Ecology Policy Lab, Research at the Nexus of Ecology, Conservation Science, and Policy
Virtual Café Sci:  The Ecology Policy Lab: Research at the
Dec 06 | 7pm-9pm | Virtual
Dec 06
HII Salon – Securing Equity in Our Communities
How do we rebuild from the global pandemic in an
Dec 06 | 12pm-1pm | Virtual
Dec 08
Food Matters Month Panel
The 2021 Food Matters Month panel discussion will cover various
Dec 08 | 2pm-3pm | Virtual