What Pitt is Doing

Campus Initiatives

No matter where you go on campus, there is a sustainable campus initiative to join or learn more about. Pitt takes pride in its vibrant sustainability culture. Check out some of these great initiatives!

Drug Take Back Locations at Pitt

Drug Take Back Locations at Pitt
The University of Pittsburgh has 2 locations where staff, faculty, students, and the public can drop off unused or expired medications safe and securely:
1) Public Safety Building (Lobby during business hours)
2) University Pharmacy at Nordenberg Hall (During business hours)

Acceptable drop-offs include prescriptions, non-leaking liquids, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, supplements, pet medicines, creams, gels, & ointments

Please DO NOT drop-off needles, syringes, EpiPens or other injectables, inhalers, IV bags, thermometers, chemo meds, lancets, or test strips.
Pitt Solar Photovoltaic Installations

Pitt Solar Photovoltaic Installations

In the spring of 2017, Pitt installed its first set of photovoltaic solar panels on the roof of Benedum Hall. The panels were installed in different directions and at different angles, enabling student and faculty researchers to analyze the impact of position on power output. The first of many, this installation serves to provide residents, businesses, and industries in Western Pennsylvania with concrete data on the feasibility of a solar powered future in the region.
EPA Green Power Partner

EPA Green Power Partner

Pitt is a member of the U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership, which encourages organizations to use green power to help reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use.
University of Thriftsburgh

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 @ Pitt

Read Green @ Pitt
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

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.

Green Housing

Green Housing
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!

Clean Steam

Clean Steam
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!

Dining Hall Recycling

Dining Hall Recycling
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.

Real Food Challenge

Real Food Challenge
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.

Up on the Roofs

Up on the Roofs
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!
Pitt’s First Rain Garden

Pitt’s First Rain Garden

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

Self-Service Printing
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.
Pitt Pantry

Pitt Pantry

The Pitt Pantry provides all members of the Pitt community regular access to a balanced and nutritious diet by hosting regular shopping hours to obtain food and services of need run by volunteers and welcomes charitable donations.
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INTERACTIVE CAMPUS MAP

The Interactive Campus Map can help to locate some of these initiatives on campus. Look around for LEED certified buildings, green infrastructure, recycling locations and more!

Key

  • Edible Gardens
  • Raingardens
  • Sustainable Resources
  • Bike Cave
  • LEED Certified Buildings
  • EV Charging Stations
  • Pollinator Gardens
  • Green Roofs
  • Bike Lanes