MEDIA ADVISORY: Pitt Named One of America's 'Coolest Schools' by Sierra Magazine

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PITTSBURGH—In Sierra magazine's September/October issue, the University of Pittsburgh is featured as one of “America’s Coolest Schools,” coming in as one of the top universities surveyed. Open to all four-year undergraduate colleges and universities in the United States, the magazine's "Coolest Schools" ranking is an index that provides comparative information about campus sustainability.

In March, Sierra surveyed schools about environmental achievements in energy supply, efficiency, food, academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management, administration, and financial investments. Where appropriate, standards such as LEED certification were referenced.

“The magazine's ranking acts as a guide for prospective students who seek a way to compare colleges based on commitment to environmentalism,” wrote Avital Binshtock of Sierra in the preface to the list. “The ranking also serves to spur competition, create aspirational standards, and publicly reward the institutions that work hard to protect the planet. As educators continue to deepen their devotion to sustainability and to immersive learning, we'll keep telling their stories.”

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Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
University of Pittsburgh
Swanson School of Engineering
153 Benedum Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15261


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