Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.76
Liaison Aurora Sharrard
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Pittsburgh
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Erika Ninos
Sustainability Program Coordinator
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Post Landfill Action Network
College and University Food Bank Alliance
Real Food Challenge

Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

Higher Education Climate Consortium
Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education- Basic Needs Working Group
Pittsburgh Food Policy Council

Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

Students for Zero Waste 2017- Post Landfill Action Network Conference
-University of Thriftsburgh- as a model of creative waste minimization, reuse and re-purpose

The University of Pittsburgh also created and hosted, along with the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education, the Collegiate Basic Needs Dialogue
-University staff presented on creative ways to address food and housing security and student debt as a part of the discussion on Collegiate Basic Needs.

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

University of Pittsburgh Staff were responsible for the creation of the Collegiate Basic Needs Dialogue. Staff chair the Collegiate Basic Needs working group along with the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education.

University of Pittsburgh staff co-chair the Higher Education Climate Consortium.

University of Pittsburgh Staff serve on Pittsburgh Food Policy Council

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

Pittsburgh’s colleges and universities play a vital role in the city’s success, from developing the next generation of leaders to generating breakthrough discoveries. Similarly, Pittsburgh’s institutions of higher education have accepted responsibility for leading the way in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and banded together to form The Higher Education Climate Consortium (HECC) to cooperatively implement recommendations. HECC meets quarterly in an effort to address the short-term (within 2 years), medium-term (within 5 years) and long-term (beyond 5 years) recommendations on how colleges, universities and their students can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, the University is a 2014 founding member of the Pittsburgh 2030 District Oakland expansion to work towards 50% reductions in energy consumption, water use, and transportation emissions by the year 2030. To track that effort, the University provides annual energy and water data to the 2030 District through EnergyStar Portfolio Manager for all Pittsburgh campus buildings.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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