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University of Pittsburgh Student Office of Sustainability

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The student office of sustainability was created in 2015, before the university of Pittsbugh had a campus wide sustainability office, which opened in 2018. Not only was the student office ...


Mascaro Research SEED Grants

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (MCSI) at the University of Pittsburgh provides annual SEED grants for interdisciplinary sustainability education and research initiatives. The goals of the grants are: (1 ...


Pitt Green Fund

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Pitt Green Fund exists to fund and support student-initiated projects and programs that prioritize sustainability. We are striving to make Pitt a more environmentally friendly and socially equitable place.


All We Need is Political Will: Empowering Students on Civic Engagement on Climate Change

  • Juniata College (PA)
  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)
  • U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
  • Citizens' Climate Lobby (CA)

At this critical time in our nation's history, the need to transition to a clean energy economy and a just and equitable society is more urgent than ever. Young ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Divestment and Bureaucracy: how to Capitalize on and Celebrate Small Incremental Change

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Fossil Free Pitt Coalition is a coalition of 50 different clubs that are pushing the University of Pittsburgh to divest its endowment away from fossil fuels. This is an especially ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Lettuce Talk: Students and Dining Staff Collaborating on Plant-Based Dining

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)
  • Sodexo USA (MD)

Plant-based diets can be healthier and more sustainable than meat-centric diets but plant-based options in college dining halls often fail to be crave-worthy. At the University of Pittsburgh dining halls ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Real Food Challenge at University of Pittsburgh

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The Real Food Challenge is a nation-wide initiative to bring local, fair, humane, and ecologically sound food to college campuses. By 2020, every participating institution aims to have 20% of ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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The Dirt on Real/Good Food

  • Macalester College (MN)
  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)
  • University of Calgary (AB)
  • Sodexo USA (MD)

What makes food sustainable? As an institution how do we implement and report sustainable sourcing of food consumed on our campuses? The Good Food Challenge (Canada) and Real Food Challenge ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Closing the Food Loop

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

As a group of student from three different universities and a diverse range of interests, we all noticed that there were many problems with the current food system. To start ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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BYO[Solutions]: Reuse Programs in Campus Dining

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

College campuses are hubs of waste, from plastic bags to disposable food containers and single-use coffee cups. However, universities can use this opportunity to implement waste-reduction programs with the aim ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Addressing Collegiate Basic Needs Through the Sustainability Lens

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Addressing the basic needs of student populations is a fast growing and important topic on College and University campuses. Collegiate basic needs encompasses food and housing security, financial education and ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Design Thinking and Sustainability

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)
  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

This session will review two case studies involving design thinking and sustainability: Grand Valley State University The presentation will reflect on the learning process of students engaged in developing the ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Driving Creative Sustainable Solutions Using a Design Thinking Approach in the Engineering Classroom

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Design for the Environment, an upper-level undergraduate engineering course, is designed for students to develop a working knowledge of sustainable engineering in a way that enables them to apply it ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Academia as a Platform for Student Sustainability Action on Campus and in Your Community

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Students at the University of Pittsburgh have been driving environmental and sustainability changes on campus and in the Pittsburgh community for more than a decade through classes designed to engage ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Experience The SDGs Abroad: Reimagine Your Curriculum with The GREEN Program

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The GREEN Program (TGP) is an experiential education and workforce development program for young leaders in sustainable development. Created for students, by students, TGP has introduced a new model for ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Organizational Transitions and Continuity in a University Setting

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Turnover is the cardinal issue that plagues collegiate organizations because of the ever changing minds of the student population as well as the traditional four year system of undergraduate education ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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How to Overcome Challenges at Large, Urban Campuses

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

This will provide a space for large urban campuses to discuss challenges and accomplishments of working on sustainability on Urban campuses. AASHE has lacked the spaces for these types of ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Top Down and Bottom-Up: The Pitt Sustainability Planning Process

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)
  • SmithGroup (MI)

In 2017 Pitt embarked on their first comprehensive sustainability plan which launched early this year. This session outlines the top-down approaches to connect with leadership and link this planning effort ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Greenhouse Gas Inventory of the University of Pittsburgh

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

As greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in the atmosphere and have an impact on climate, identifying and monitoring the sources of these emissions becomes increasingly important. Because residential and commercial ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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International Development, Energy and Environment (MA)

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Energy and Environment explores the politics and policies of the worldwide energy industry, examining ways to meet global energy needs in a sustainable, environmentally conscious way. Graduate School of Public ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2018
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Sustainable Engineering (MS)

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Sustainability is integrated throughout our engineering curriculum especially at the undergraduate level, and this new master’s program complements and builds upon this foundation. Industry, government, non-profits, and the military ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2018
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Sustainability Certificate

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The aim of the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability is to provide undergraduates the opportunity to enhance their education by including sustainability in their course of study. This new certificate program ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2018
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Urban Studies (BA)

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

In such a rapidly changing world, Pitt's Urban Studies major enables students to explore the fascinating complexities of urban environments, in the U.S. and internationally, to understand the ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2018
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Environmental Engineering (BS)

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The environmental engineering major leading to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering will prepare graduates to apply knowledge of mathematics through differential equations, probability and statistics, calculus-based physics, chemistry (including ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2018
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Environmental Studies (BA)

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Founded in 1996, the Environmental Studies (ES) Program has become one of the most successful interdisciplinary majors at the University of Pittsburgh. Students may take classes in six different schools ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2018
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Environmental Science (BS)

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Environmental science is a multidisciplinary field that focuses on documenting the impacts that people have on our environment, on reducing the harmful effects of these impacts, and on restoring aspects ...

  • Posted Oct. 23, 2018
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University of Pittsburgh BYO[Bag] Program

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The University of Pittsburgh BYO[Bag] (Bring Your Own Bag) program launched through Pitt Housing & Dining in 2014 after more than five years of student initiatives to reduce plastic ...


Reduce Food Waste and Food Insecurity with Campus Food Pantries

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)

The University of Arizona and the University of Pittsburgh recognized the prevalence of food insecurity in their communities causing both to form food pantries to provide direct assistance to food ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Thrift Stores, FreeStores, and Reuse Spaces

  • Coastal Carolina University (SC)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

This panel will discuss the outcomes from Thrift Stores, Free Stores and Reuse Spaces across different campuses. Hear how these second-hand experiences have become a model for showcasing the three ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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The University of Thriftsburgh: We Work With More Than Just Ugly Sweaters

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The University of Thriftsburgh, a non-profit, student-run thrift store, opened on the University of Pittsburgh's campus on March 18, 2015. The store was the result of year and a ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Integrating Sustainability into Greek Life: Empowering Students and Creating a Sustainable Campus Culture

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

For hundreds of years Greek organizations across the country have instilled in students the distinct values of tradition, scholarship and positive social influence through leadership. Due to the high diversity ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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A Model for Implementing a Successful Sustainability Strategy

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Sun Tzu said, "Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat." This is true today. Implementation of a successful sustainability program ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Values-Based Revolution

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The Values-Based Revolution

This presentation could have been titled From Green to Gold to Platinum, as the 2008 book written by David C. Etsy and Andrew S. Winston titled Green ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Green Funds: Expanding the Students' Role in Shaping More Sustainable Universities

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Universities must consider all facets of the institution in their quest to promote and incorporate sustainability. Co-curricular programs, such as Green Funds, can complement sustainability education in the academic curriculum ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Collaboration among higher educational institutions for increased sustainability in Pittsburgh

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The City of Pittsburgh has a climate initiative which outlines goals and directions to reduce emissions and increase economic and societal sustainability in the region. Pittsburgh has become one of ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Field Documentation and Survey of Bamboo Structures

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Development of sustainable construction materials is growing, with research and construction being initiated worldwide. Structural applications of indigenous material resources such as bamboo are an integral part of sustainable development ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Reaching Sustainable Research Goals through Co-curricular Learning: An Example in Starch-based Plastics

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Conventional plastics, derived from petroleum, contribute to the depletion of non-renewable resources and landfill space when recycling or reuse is not viable. Starch, a renewable and abundant polymer, offers an ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Potential Impact and Uses of Thermoacoustic Refrigeration

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Ever since refrigeration has been introduced into modern societies, its use has significantly increased. In fact it is impossible imagine life without refrigeration and air conditioning. Mostly, cooling is achieved ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The Doctor of Philosophy in Civil and Environmental Engineering emphasizes excellence in research and education. PhD candidates publish their thesis work in top civil and environmental engineering journals and present ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The Master of Science program in Construction Management and Sustainability helps prepare students to manage the rebuilding of our public infrastructure and the modernization of our private buildings and plants ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Higher Education Sustainability in Pittsburgh

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • Chatham University (PA)
  • Duquesne University (PA)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Supported by the Heinz Endowments, this AASHE publication profiles the sustainability innovations of the Pittsburgh institutions that hosted campus tours during the AASHE 2011 conference. Profiled innovations include green building ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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