University of Thriftsburgh
The University of Thriftsburgh, a student-run thrift store, has a mission to be a working model of sustainability and to encourage students to think about how to reuse and recycle in a whole new light!
Read Green is the default service for all Pitt faculty and staff, ensuring that no paper is wasted through emails and day-to-day communication.
Sustainable Design & Construction
Pitt’s Office of Facilities Management is continually working to update design standards for greener, greater buildings and apply initiatives from LED lighting, to carpets with recycled content, to reduced construction waste.
Look around campus for Pitt housing with sustainable features. Tour the Mark A. Nordenberg Hall, among Pitt’s greenest with a LEED Silver rating. Explore the various rain gardens and the edible berry garden at Darragh Street Apartments!
The Carrillo Street Steam Plant stepped in to replace a dirty coal-fired plant and deliver clean steam to Pitt’s campus—named one of the cleanest university heating plants in the United States!
Across campus, Pitt is reducing food waste (by nearly 75% so far!) through innovative actions such as taking away trays to encourage proper portions and less waste. Not to mention, any waste cooking oil goes to Fossil Free Fuel through the Refuel Pittsburgh initiative.
Pitt joined the Real Food Challenge in March 2015 to serve 20% “real food” by 2020. “Real Food” must meet one of four criteria including: (1) local and community-based (2) fair (3) ecologically sound and (4) humane. As of spring 2018, Pitt is serving 20% “Real Food” in Market Central! Pitt is currently working on a campus wide real food launch.
Green roofs reduce combined sewer overflows, energy use and heat island effect, increase roof life, provide habitat for wildlife, among other benefits. Check them out at Benedum Hall, Posvar Hall, and more!
Stop by Pitt’s first rain garden on the lawn of the Petersen Events Center where the garden soaks up excess rainwater and allows it to naturally infiltrate into the soil. Thank the members of Engineers for a Sustainable World for this great rain garden.
Self-Service printing can be found throughout campus. Self-service printing requires student ID cards to print documents preventing piles of wasted and unwanted pages.
The Pitt Pantry, a volunteer-run service, provides students regular access to a balanced and nutritious diet by hosting regular shopping hours to obtain food and services.