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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 as we forge ahead towards carbon neutrality!




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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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Jul 28
Diversity Forum 2020
The 2020 Diversity Forum (formerly the Diversity Retreat) – Advancing Social
Jul 28-30 | 8am-5pm | Virtual
Aug 01
Eco Film Showcase
Throughout the month of August, the Eco Film Showcase, presented
Aug 01-31 | Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, Children's Museum, Pittsburgh Zoo, Harris Theater, The Frick, and many more
Aug 08
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival features a series of
Aug 08 | 6pm-11pm | PNC Theater at Point Park University
After Party at Forbes Tavern