48000
METRIC TONS
annual CO2 emissions reduced by Carrillo Street Steam plant
22.2%
GHG EMISSIONS
reduced between
2008 and 2017
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 impacts on social, environmental, and economic 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
University established the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, which now spearheads University-wide sustainability research and education programs.
2008
Pitt's University Senate issued the "Statement on Sustainability."
2010
First Pitt Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory published, setting fiscal year 2008 as baseline year, along with emissions reductions goals. The GHG inventory has been updated for FY2011, 2014, 2017, & 2019; it will be updated annually afterwards.
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" re-created to establish cross-functional representation among faculty, staff, and students who serve as sustainability advocates and implementers across the University.
2018
First "Pitt Sustainability Plan" is unveiled. Office of Sustainability founded, with the University’s first Director of Sustainability hired to oversee Plan implementation. Pitt achieved AASHE STARS Silver, Bike Friendly University Bronze, & joins the EPA Green Power Partner list.
2020
University of Pittsburgh committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2037, Pitt’s 250th anniversary. University-wide sustainability body renamed Chancellor's Advisory Council on Sustainability. Pitt adopts ESG criteria for investments and becomes a Bee Campus USA.
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