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Pitt wins Sustainable Pittsburgh's Green Workplace Challenge In University Sector


July 14, 2014

The University of Pittsburgh placed first in Sustainable Pittsburgh's 2013-14 Green Workplace Challenge in the university category.

The challenge was a yearlong competition among businesses, nonprofits, municipalities, and universities to track and measure improvements in managing resources involving energy, water, waste, and transportation. More than 100 organizations participated in the contest, which ran from June 2013 through May 31, 2014. The winners were announced during a June 25 ceremony held at Chatham University.

"The University of Pittsburgh is honored to be recognized by the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge for our sustainability initiatives," said Laura Zullo, senior manager, Energy Initiatives at Pitt. "We are proud of the great strides the University has made to further sustainability across our campus. From the built environment, to education and research, to campus operations and student involvement, all members of the University community play important roles in fostering sustainability on campus."

The challenge provided a list of specific sustainability activities and measures that organizations could perform for challenge points. Participants were also able to customize some sustainability initiatives to obtain credit for activities not included on the list.

Pitt earned 322 points in the competition; runners-up Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne university achieved 146 points and 107 points, respectively.

Read the entire article at the Pitt Chronicle.

Contact: Paul Kovach