Three years after earning its first AASHE STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) rating for silver in higher education, Pitt is proud to have been awarded another AASHE for sustainability achievements in the past three years with a STARS Gold Rating, valid until 2024.
AASHE’s STARS is a transparent framework for colleges and universities to measure and evaluate their sustainability performance in all aspects of higher education. Pitt’s gold rating is based on strong achievements from 2018 to 2021 in five areas: Academics, Engagement, Operations, Planning and Management, and Innovation and Leadership.
Among Pitt’s numerous sustainability initiatives, three differentiators celebrate the lowest total energy use per square foot in fiscal 2020, the new course against black racism for all freshmen, and Pitt’s Cool Food Pledge to reduce food-related greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2030.
“While the Pitt Sustainability Plan 2018 provides the strategic framework and goals for creating a culture of sustainability in Pitt and Pittsburgh,” said Aurora Sharrard, director of sustainability, “our AASHE STARS gold designation is a demonstration for the Pitt community, partners the university and our colleagues in the higher education sector that we are making serious progress by balancing justice, the environment and the economy so that present and future generations can flourish. “