Student Groups

Student Office of Sustainability
The Student Office of Sustainability (SOOS) supports the potential of students to infuse sustainability into the culture, values, and decision-making at Pitt. With a physical collaboration space in the William Pitt Union (510), SOOS supports 25+ affiliated student organizations’ projects and goal-setting. while helping students creatively revolutionize the way the University of Pittsburgh community approaches environmental and social justice, and inspire conversations about building a sustainable future on campus and off.  Email:

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:

Bicycle Collective

PBC serves as a safe and inclusive community space to support and improve the bicycling experience on Pitt’s campus via education, advocacy, and outreach.  Email:

Engineers for a Sustainable World

ESW engages engineering (and non-engineering!) students in improving social, environmental, and economic sustainability in their community.

Food Recovery Heroes

The Food Recovery Heroes is the University of Pittsburgh's chapter of the Food Recovery Network. The Food Recovery Network unites students at colleges and universities to fight food waste and hunger by recovering surplus food from their campuses dining halls that would otherwise go to waste and donating it to local hunger-fighting agencies.

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. Free the Planet’s primary goal is to creatively instill a passion for sustainable, environmentally friendly, and healthy living in Pitt’s student body and beyond. Free the Planet regularly organizes educational events, community service, and various action-based campaigns to accomplish this goal.   Email:

Plant to Plate

Plant to Plate manages an urban garden on campus, which provides produce for students and a local food bank.  Email:

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.  Email:

United Students Against Sweatshops Chapter #31

USAS #31 is the Pitt chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops, a national student labor organization dedicated to workers' rights and social justice. 

Nourish International

A student movement committed to social change in sustainable and innovative ways through community partnerships, awareness events, and fundraising ventures to make lasting impact on extreme poverty.

Climate Stewardship Society

The purpose of the Climate Stewardship Society is to bring together students from all different ideologies and backgrounds to advocate for effective policies and initiatives that address climate change. The CSS is a non-partisan organization that builds consensus on climate action by appealing to the shared values of all students, rather than partisan divide. 

The Aquaponics Project
Aquaponics is the combination of Hydroponics, and Aquaculture. The Aquaponics Project is a group based at the University of Pittsburgh which aims to promote sustainable farming initiatives in our community.

Animal Lovers Club
To promote love for animals through fundraisers and shelter visits. Fundraisers will support struggling shelters in Pittsburgh, as well as other animal related endeavors. 


FeelGood is a student-led movement with a mission is to end world poverty, one grilled cheese at a time. Email:

Outdoors Club

The outdoors club is designed to provide an outlet to outdoor recreation, be it climbing, hiking, white water or a myriad of other things. Outdoors Club has the resources and puts on trips that allow Pitt students to get out.

Ecology Club

The purpose of the Pitt Ecology Club is to build a community of like-minded, diverse individuals who are interested in ecology, evolution, zoology, botany, and anything else dealing with life and the outdoors.

Fossil Free Pitt Coalition

FFPC is a coalition of over 40 SORC registered clubs advocating for the university to divest its endowment from the fossil fuel industry.  Email:

Mascaro Center

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

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