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Report Card 2010

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University of Pittsburgh
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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University of Pittsburgh

School details:

Endowment: $2,334 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Enrollment: 23,181

Type: Public


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: No

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

Overall grade  
The Faculty Assembly and Student Council at the University of Pittsburgh approved a statement on sustainability in April 2008. The university, an original signatory to the Talloires Declaration, has developed a green purchasing policy and is committed to purchasing products that have minimal environmental impact.
The university is in the process of conducting a greenhouse gas emissions inventory to be completed in the 2009–2010 fiscal year. The university acquires 6.2 percent its electricity from renewable sources. The university has installed a building automation system, expanded the central chilled water and steam systems, and has performed lighting retrofits and a retrocommissioning of HVAC systems. The new Carrillo Street Steam Plant is expected to reduce steam-related CO2 emissions by 47 percent.
The university's dining services purchases 100 percent hormone- and antibiotic-free milk and has partnered with the student group Free the Planet to weigh food waste. A preconsumer waste composting program will be launched in fall 2009. Additionally, all resident dining facilities are trayless and used cooking oil is recycled to be used as biodiesel for the school's catering truck. The university participated in RecycleMania for the first time in 2009.
The university evaluates new construction projects on a case by case basis in order to determine whether to seek LEED certification. The McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine has achieved LEED Gold certification, and four other projects currently in design or construction phases are expected to achieve LEED Silver certification. The Benedum Hall addition and renovation construction project has documented a 99 percent diversion rate of nonhazardous construction material to date.
The student group Free the Planet works to implement sustainability initiatives on campus. In 2008, the group's efforts included campaigns to make dining facilities trayless, run campus vehicles on biodiesel made from used vegetable oil, and reduce paper consumption on campus. The university's student government board includes an environmental chair and environmental committee.
The campus fleet includes hybrid, electric, and biodiesel vehicles. All members of the school community can use public transportation for free, and the university offers discounts on parking passes for community members who carpool. The university provides bicycles that can be rented hourly or daily and also operates a free bus around campus and to some local destinations.
The university has no known policy of disclosure of endowment holdings or its shareholder voting record.
The university aims to optimize investment return and has not made any public statements about investigating or investing in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The university has not made any public statements about active ownership or a proxy voting policy.
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