University of Pittsburgh's 2013 Sustainability Report

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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  

Engineers for a Sustainable World is a national non-profit which brings together technically minded people to impact problems of sustainability both locally and globally. While projects vary between chapters, ESW at Pitt is focused primarily on local and on-campus efforts, on the grounds that in working towards a sustainable world, there is as much of a need to reduce the impacts of the developed world as to bring basic standards of living to less developed nations. ESW organized a regional conference that hosted 100 students from ESW chapters in the great lakes region in the Fall of 2013. The conference hosted featured speakers and workshops designed to communicate project best practices between organizations. 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 


Take Back the Tap

Take Back the Tap works to protect safe, accessible, clean, water for all, both here in the U.S. and around the world. At Pitt this campaign’s main goal is to advocate for access to public drinking water, and for reducing the use of bottled water on campus. For more information, contact the group at


Plant to Plate

Plant to Plate is a student organization at the University of Pittsburgh consisting of 3 elements: the farm, the kitchen, and the community. Plant to Plate manages an urban garden on campus, which provides produce for students and a local food bank, and engages the campus community around issues related to food and sustainability. For more information contact


Pitt Green Fund

The University of Pittsburgh’s student run Green Fund Advisory Board finances and supports student-initiated projects and programs that make Pitt’s operations more environmentally sustainable, socially equitable and energy efficient. By supporting these initiatives, The Pitt Green Fund empowers project proposers to make a visibly positive change on campus, and thus helps to educate the entire Pitt community about sustainability principles that can be applied in everyday life. Email or check out for more information.





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