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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 04
Ohio River and Three Rivers Heritage Trail Cleanup
Join United by Blue, Public Lands, Allegheny CleanWays, and Friends
Dec 04 | 10am-1pm | Three Rivers Heritage Trail @ Kroll Dr.
Dec 10
Student Sustainability Showcase (6th Annual)
Join us for the 6th Annual Student Sustainability Showcase, featuring
Dec 10 | 10am-3pm | Ballroom, William Pitt Union
3959 Fifth Avenue
Jan 28
Pitt Tree Tender Training
Love trees and want to learn how to care for
Jan 28 | 9am-2pm | Virtual