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

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.  

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.

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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 now renew annually. Pursuit of designation is led by the Pollinator Habitat Advisory Committee.

EPA Green Power Partner

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

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! This certification program nationally honors universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging

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Sustainable Pittsburgh Workplace

A competitor in the current 2022 Sustainable Pittsburgh Workplace program, the University of Pittsburgh is a proud past winner, placing first in the University Division of past competitions (2014-15, 2016-17, and 2018-2019).

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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