The Student Office of Sustainability (SOOS) supports the potential of students to to infuse sustainability into the culture, values, and decision-making at Pitt. With a physical collaboration space in the William Pitt Union (510) , SOOS supports 20+ affiliated student organizations’ projects and goal-setting. while helping students creatively revolutionize the way the University of Pittsburgh community approaches environmental and social justice, and inspire conversations about building a sustainable future on campus and off.
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COMMUNITY & GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
Don’t wash clothes or take showers during heavy rains
This helps minimize combined sewer overflows (CSO) into our rivers.
Replacing one pound of beef in your diet would save as much as 2,000 gallons of water!
Remove invasive plants
Replace some of your lawn with sustainable landscaping as described in Pitt’s Sustainable Landscape Design Guideline
Buy local food from Farmer’s Markets
Markets near campus include:
- Shadyside — Sundays 9am-1pm, William Penn Tavern parking lot
- Squirrel Hill — Sundays 9am-1pm, Beacon/Bartlett parking lot
- East Liberty — Mondays 3-7pm, Station St
- William Pitt Union Driveway — Thursdays 10:30am-2pm
- Market Square Downtown — Thursdays 10am-2pm
- Wilkinsburg — Thursdays 3-6:30pm, 225 Penn Ave
- Bloomfield — Saturdays 9am-1pm, 5050 Liberty Ave
- Swissvale — Saturdays 9am-1pm, 2036 Noble St
- Lawrenceville — Saturdays 1-4pm, Arsenal Park
Turn off the lights before you leave home
Every little action helps save money, reduce energy use, and improve air emissions.
Get a rain barrel
Capture and reuse water at you house to reduce CSO events and save water and money when you water your plants or garden, rinse hardscapes, and more.
We need your help in activating the University of Pittsburgh’s sustainability strategy every day. Are you having an event soon? Consider a Green Event Certification. If you have free time this semester, join a group! Learn more about initiatives on campus.
GREEN EVENT CERTIFICATION
Have you considered composting and recycling during and after your event? Can you provide agendas and other event materials electronically instead of printing? Are you providing your guests with vegetarian and vegan food options? What about using the Pitt Food Share to get rid of excess food post event?
Make your next event Green Certified. Click below to fill out an application.
Find a sustainability event to attend!