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Sustainability Reports

Reporting progress in a transparent manner is an imperative part of communicating University-wide efforts, goals, and achievements. The University of Pittsburgh regularly produces a number of publications related to campus-wide sustainability, greenhouse gas inventories, LEED building certifications, and more. Additionally, Pitt participates in a number of external sustainability programs, most notably AASHE STARS and the Pittsburgh 2030 District. Read more about Pitt and Pittsburgh’s achievements and aspirations!

2018 Pitt Sustainability Plan


The University of Pittsburgh Sustainability Reports are created to fully outline the institution’s sustainability efforts on campus and in the greater community. This publication includes information related to sustainable campus operations, education and research, and community outreach and leadership. These reports also inspired the development of the University Sustainability Committee and the ongoing efforts for a university-wide sustainability plan.


Established in 2003, the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation is the oldest and largest sustainability research, teaching, and outreach center at Pitt, collaborating with all of 16 of Pitt’s sustainability-related centers


Pitt is actively working towards carbon neutrality by 2037, with an incremental goal of 50% fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than 2008 by 2030.  Our 2019 inventory indicates we’ve already reduced GHGs 21% .  Dig into the details below about how Pitt has been tracking and reducing our GHG impact over time through inventories published triennially since 2008 or just check out the GHG dashboard.



The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance created by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).  The University of Pittsburgh has long-used AASHE STARS as a tracking mechanism, but first achieved certification in 20018.  Pitt’s AASHE STARS documentation is public online and the university must re-certify every 3 years.


In 2014, the University of Pittsburgh was a Founding Property Partner of the Pittsburgh 2030 District‘s Oakland boundary.  Since then, Pitt has worked closely with Green Building Alliance and other Pittsburgh 2030 District Partners towards achieving 50% reductions in energy use, water use, and transportation emissions (below baselines) by the year 2030.  In 2018, Pitt embraced the 2030 Challenge goals University-wide, contributing towards short- and long-term successes improved indoor and air quality, increased returns on investment, and growing campus and regional success.