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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 new 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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Utilize the Hydration Stations

Pitt has installed water bottle refilling stations throughout campus for easy access to a refill and to encourage continued use of reusable bottles.

BYO[Bag] Program

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

Compostables on Campus

You can compost on Pitt’s campus! There are currently 2 regular, 2 weekly, and 1 seasonal drop-off locations for compostables on 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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May 20
Pittsburgh 2030 District Progress Report Reception
The Pittsburgh 2030 District Progress Report Reception is a celebration
May 20 | Virtual
Jun 11
Women+ in Green Breakfast (GBA)
This year, the annual Women+ in Green event hosted by
Jun 11 | Virtual
Nov 05
Cities and Social Justice Mini-Course
Mark your calendars for this Fall 2021 Mini-Course being offered
Nov 05-07 |