48000
METRIC TONS
of annual CO2 emissions reduced by Carrillo Street Steam plant
14.6%
GHG EMISSIONS
reduced between
2008 and 2014
827000
GSF
increase of campus
building footprint
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Pitt has a long history of implementing sustainable practices, believing that through investments in sustainability, there will be long-term positive impact on social, economic, and environmental patterns on campus, in the region, and around the world.
1990
Pitt signed the Talloires Declaration, which supports mobilizing the resources of higher education for sustainability.
2003
The University established the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, which spearheads University-wide sustainability research and education programs.
2008
Pitt's University Senate issued the Statement on Sustainability, and the first Pitt Greenhouse Gas Inventory was published to baseline & set emissions reductions goals. The inventory was updated in 2011, 2014, & 2017.
2013
The University published its inaugural "Report on Sustainability" to highlight sustainability efforts and achievements across campus.
2014
Pitt launched the Student Office of Sustainability, which is an active voice in fostering awareness of sustainability throughout the Pitt community.
2016
Pitt's "University Sustainability Committee" was created to establish cross-functional representation among faculty, staff, and students who serve as sustainability advocates and implementers across the University.
2018
The "Pitt Sustainability Plan" is unveiled, the University achieves AASHE STARS Silver, and the Office of Sustainability is founded, with the University’s first Director of Sustainability hired to oversee Plan implementation.
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