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Engineers Without Borders

Selected as one of EWB-USA's Premier Chapters for 2008 
The University of Pittsburgh chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) was established in the spring of 2006 by a handful of students wising to apply their skills and resources and give to those in great need. EWB-PITT was recognized as an official student organization and chapter of EWB-USA in the spring of 2007. Today the group continues to grow and expand their reach with the guidance of the local Pittsburgh Professional Chapter. The chapter is in the midst of their first major project in Mali, Africa.  For more information, contact Ian Nettleship, faculty advisor, 

Engineers for a Sustainable World

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) mobilizes students and professionals through education, technical projects and collaborative action to impact local and global sustainability challenges. ESW's primary goals are to stimulate and foster an increased and more diverse community of engineers, and to infuse sustainability into the practice and studies of every engineer. ESW-Pitt has long term relationships with the town of Vandergrift, PA, working on both hydrokinetic energy and green building renovation. They also work on-campus to do educational and infrastructure projects. For more information, contact the group at 

Free the Planet

Free the Planet (FTP) is a student environmental organization at the University of Pittsburgh working on campus and in the community to foster awareness about important environmental issues while taking action to resolve them. FTP’s primary goal is to creatively instill a passion for sustainable, environmentally friendly, and healthy living in Pitt’s student body and beyond. FTP regularly organizes educational events, community service, and various action-based campaigns to accomplish this goal. For more information, contact the group at 


PittEnvironmental is the digital hub of the student environmental community at Pitt. It includes a community-authored news and discussion blog, community forums, an events calendar, and a library of past projects and documents. It was founded in 2008 by Alexander Dale with the goal of bringing organizations together for increased visibility and joint projects, as well as archiving current efforts and discussions for future use. It is an excellent place to ask questions regarding Pitt’s sustainability initiatives or to get more information on the groups listed above. For additional information, contact Alex Dale at

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