Student Groups

The Student Office of Sustainability
The Student Office of Sustainability (510 WPU) is a collaborative and programming space for students interested in sustainability and environmental issues.  Located at 510 WPU, we work with many environmental groups and organizations on campus to create change on campus. This space is open to all students, so come by to hang out and study with environmentally-minded students and student leaders!

Engineers Without Borders
Selected as one of EWB-USA's Premier Chapters for 2008 The University of Pittsburgh chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) was established in the spring of 2006 by a handful of students wising to apply their skills and resources and give to those in great need. EWB-PITT was recognized as an official student organization and chapter of EWB-USA in the spring of 2007. Today the group continues to grow and expand their reach with the guidance of the local Pittsburgh Professional Chapter. The chapter is in the midst of their first major project in Mali, Africa. For more information, contact Ian Nettleship, faculty advisor,

Engineers for a Sustainable World
Engineers for a Sustainable World
is a national non-profit which brings together technically minded people to impact problems of sustainability both locally and globally. While projects vary between chapters, ESW at Pitt is focused primarily on local and on-campus efforts, on the grounds that in working towards a sustainable world, there is as much of a need to reduce the impacts of the developed world as to bring basic standards of living to less developed nations. ESW organized a regional conference that hosted 100 students from ESW chapters in the great lakes region in the Fall of 2013. The conference hosted featured speakers and workshops designed to communicate project best practices between organizations. For more information, contact the group

Free the Planet 
Free the Planet
(FTP) is a student environmental organization at the University of Pittsburgh working on campus and in the community to foster awareness about important environmental issues while taking action to resolve them. FTP’s primary goal is to creatively instill a passion for sustainable, environmentally friendly, and healthy living in Pitt’s student body and beyond. FTP regularly organizes educational events, community service, and various action-based campaigns to accomplish this goal. For more information, contact the group at

Take Back the Tap
Take Back the Tap works to protect safe, accessible, clean, water for all, both here in the U.S. and around the world. At Pitt this campaign’s main goal is to advocate for access to public drinking water, and for reducing the use of bottled water on campus. For more information, contact the group at

Plant to Plate
Plant to Plate is a student organization at the University of Pittsburgh consisting of 3 elements: the farm, the kitchen, and the community. Plant to Plate manages an urban garden on campus, which provides produce for students and a local food bank, and engages the campus community around issues related to food and sustainability. For more information contact

Pitt Green Fund
The University of Pittsburgh’s student run Green Fund Advisory Board finances and supports student-initiated projects and programs that make Pitt’s operations more environmentally sustainable, socially equitable and energy efficient. By supporting these initiatives, The Pitt Green Fund empowers project proposers to make a visibly positive change on campus, and thus helps to educate the entire Pitt community about sustainability principles that can be applied in everyday life. Email or check out for more information.

Pitt Bicycle Collective
PBC serves as a safe and inclusive community space where we share resources, function as a social club, go on group rides, and advocate for all things biking.

Mascaro Center

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

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