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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.

Learn more about our sustainability impact areas

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Dec 17
Make a Change: Good Gifting
Join the Center for Creativity for some good gifting at
Dec 17-20 | 10am 2pm | Center for Creativity Workshop | University Store on Fifth | 4000 Fifth Avenue | Pittsburgh PA 15213
Apr 07
Engineering Sustainability 2019
This conference brings together engineers and scientists from academia, government,
Apr 07-09 | 9am 7pm | David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh PA