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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.  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!


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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.

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Feb 03
RecycleMania 2019
Every Spring since 2010, the University of Pittsburgh has participated
Feb 03-Mar 30 | 12am 12am | Across Campus
Feb 21
True Zero Waste Symposium
Join PRC and our Zero Waste Pennsylvania team to learn how your
Feb 21-21 | 8am 3pm | Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Feb 28
Sustainability Seminar Series
The Engineering Education Research Center (EERC) and the Mascaro Center
Feb 28-28 | 12pm 2pm | 1145 Benedum Hall
3700 O'Hara St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213