Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.76
Liaison Aurora Sharrard
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Pittsburgh
IN-25: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Richard Heller
Senior Electrical Engineer
Facilities Management
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
BYO[Bag] and BYO[Mug]

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

The 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 bag use on campus including a campaign that collected and recycled more than 20,000 plastic bags from students.

After the add/drop period at the beginning of each semester students are charged $0.25 for every plastic bag they use when shopping at dining locations on campus. This fee is completely avoidable – all you have to do is BYO[Bag]!

The best part of the BYO[Bag] program is that 50% of the proceeds from the bag fee as well as 50% of the sales from the BYO[Bag] reusable bags will be donated to the Pitt Green Fund to support other student sustainability initiatives like BYO[Bag]. More information about the Pitt Green Fund can be found here: http://pittgreenfund.com/

Since the program began in 2014 the University has prevented more than 1,000,000 plastic bags from being used and has raised more than $3,700 for the Pitt Green Fund. In January 2017 the University Store on Fifth and the Pitt Shop adopted the BYO[Bag] policy.

Following the success of the BYO[Bag] campaign, Dining Services has relaunched it's reusable mug program as BYO[Mug]. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are encouraged to use a reusable mug to reduce disposable cup waste and reduce their environmental impact. Customers can save 25 cents on espresso beverages when they use a reusable mug or pay just 99 cents for brewed coffee (hot or iced).

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Food & Dining
Fundraising for other sustainability initiatives

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

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

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