University Sustainability Recognition


The University of Pittsburgh was very proud to achieve its first AASHE STARS Gold rating in 2021. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (AASHE STARS) is a transparent framework for colleges and universities to measure and benchmark their sustainability performance

QS World University Sustainability Rankings 2023

QS World University – Sustainability Rankings

Released for the first time for 2023, the QS World University Rankings in Sustainability are focused on the social and environmental sustainability performance in higher education institutions globally.  The University of Pittsburgh is proud to rank #34 of U.S. institutions and #126 globally. 700 universities were featured in the first

Princeton Review Green Schools

The University of Pittsburgh has been listed in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges since 2012. This listing uses data Pitt reports via our triennial AASHE STARS certification, with weightings across more than 25 data points, which evolve over time.  

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Bicycle Friendly University (Silver)

The University of Pittsburgh achieved Silver Bike Friendly University designation in 2021, building on our 2018 Bike Friendly University Bronze designation. Our Pitt Sustainability Plan goal is Gold Bike Friendly University by 2025.

Bee Campus USA

The University of Pittsburgh first became a Bee Campus USA in 2020 -- an honor we renew annually. Pitt is proud to be one of over 150 Bee Campus USA affiliates in the U.S., with 2020, 2021, and 2022 designations.  Read our 2021 Bee Campus Renewal Report. The Bee Campus

EPA Green Power Partner

In 2019, Pitt joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Green Power Partnership, joining other universities, businesses, and organizations working to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. In 2020, Pitt was ranked #30 on the U.S. EPA’s Top Green Powered Universities list. Explore Pitt and other Green Power

Food Recovery Verified Campus

The University of Pittsburgh has been a Food Recovery Verified Campus since 2017 -- when we were the first campus in the ACC to become so. Follow along on our food recovery journey via our dashboard! Food Recovery Network (FRN) recognizes food businesses and events that are working to fight

Live Well Allegheny

In 2021, the University of Pittsburgh has achieved distinction for 6 dining locations as Live Well Allegheny Restaurants, an initiative to make Allegheny County a healthier place. Those locations include The Eatery, the Perch at Sutherland, Schenley Cafe, and the Cathedral of Learning, plus Pitt Subs and Shake Smart at

Sierra Magazine’s Cool Schools

In 2021, the University of Pittsburgh moved up 120 places to rank in Sierra Magazine’s Top 125 Cool Schools nationwide, based on continued sustainability advancements and our  2021 AASHE STARS Gold rating. Published by Sierra Club, Sierra magazine was a ranking of America’s most sustainable colleges and universities since 2011.

Tree Campus

In recognition of the University of Pittsburgh’s outstanding commitment to protecting and enhancing local tree canopy, the Arbor Day Foundation designated the University’s Pittsburgh campus as a Tree Campus for the first time in 2021!  We were recertified in 2022 and will do so annually moving forward. This certification program

Sustainable Pittsburgh Workplace

The University of Pittsburgh is a Platinum Sustainable Pittsburgh Workplace, a designation that recognizes the commitment we have to our community, our economy, and our planet.  Designated by local nonprofit Sustainable Pittsburgh, a Sustainable Pittsburgh Workplace is a business, nonprofit, or other organization that has demonstrated a commitment to socially

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Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants

In 2021, the University of Pittsburgh’s two main dining halls (The Eatery and The Perch at Sutherland) renewed their Gold designations under the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants program!  Additionally, both the Cathedral Cafe and Schenley Cafe earned Silver Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant designations for the first time in 2021!  The University of