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The University of Pittsburgh is actively involved in sustainability initiatives and practices across disciplines, domains, and scales.  From business operations to master planning to research collaborations to fostering vibrant student groups and activism, 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, staff, faculty, campus, and Western Pennsylvania.  Every person and decision matters; we welcome your help!


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Utilize the Hydrating 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!

Grounds for Growth Coffee Grounds Collection

The Grounds for Growth initiative collects coffee grounds and drops them off at the Oakland Bakery and Market where they are free to customers to use as they wish.

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Aug 26
Thriftsburgh 4th Kickoff Thriftoff: Rummage and Dollar Sale
As always, all sale clothing, shoes, and accessories are just
Aug 26-26 | 2pm 6pm | University of Thriftsburgh, O'Hara Student Center, Room 11, 4024 O'Hara St.
Sep 06
SOOS First Thursday Meetup
Join Pitt's Student Office of Sustainability on the first Thursday
Sep 06-06 | 8pm 9pm | Pitt Student Office of Sustainability, 510 William Pitt Union, 3959 Forbes Ave., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Sep 14
Pitt Fall Sustainability Fair
Come learn about sustainable initiatives on Pitt’s campus and the
Sep 14-14 | 9am 3pm | William Pitt Union, 3959 Forbes Ave., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA