Pitt has retained its crown in the university division in Sustainable Pittsburgh’s 2016-2017 Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge, placing first among a half-dozen universities. Pitt has won in its division in each competition since it first took up the challenge in 2013-2014.
More than 90 businesses, nonprofits, municipalities and universities completed the challenge in which employers earn points for taking sustainable actions in areas including energy and water usage, waste reduction and transportation. Together, they saved more than 16 million kilowatt hours of power, 33 million gallons of water and 552 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Winners received awards made of upcycled materials.