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Thinking Green


To the side of an amphitheater under construction on the new $44 million satellite campus of Chatham University, an air vent pokes through the ground. Easily overlooked unless a guide points it out, the vent protrudes from a root cellar, a concept that has existed since the Iron Age as a way of u ...

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Pitt—Among the “Most Environmentally Responsible Colleges in the U.S. and Canada”—Profiled in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges


PITTSBURGH—Calling the University of Pittsburgh one of the “most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada,” The Princeton Review has included Pitt in its new free downloadable book The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges, published just in advance of th ...

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Pitt Building Wins International Design Award


PITTSBURGH—Chosen for its unique use of exposed concrete columns, the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering’s Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation—a LEED Gold certified center of excellence in sustainable engineering—has been named a recipient of an international 2012 ...

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Sustainable Healthcare: Pitt Engineers and Magee-Womens Hospital Examine Environmental Impact of Childbirth


PITTSBURGH—Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Magee-Womens Hospital have collaborated to improve sustainable childbirth procedures, both through vaginal delivery and birth by cesare ...

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Pitt Named One of America's 'Coolest Schools' by Sierra Magazine


PITTSBURGH—In Sierra magazine's September/October issue, the University of Pittsburgh is featured as one of “America’s Coolest Schools,” coming in as one of the top universities surveyed. Open to all four-year undergraduate colleges and universities in the United St ...

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Pitt Researchers: Plant-Based Plastics Not Necessarily Greener Than Oil-Based Relatives


PITTSBURGH—An analysis of plant and petroleum-derived plastics by University of Pittsburgh researchers suggests that biopolymers are not necessarily better for the environment than their petroleum-based relatives, according to a report in Read More

LED Streetlights Best Buy for Cities, Pitt Researchers Report in First Cradle-to-Grave Comparison to Common and Emerging Streetlamps


PITTSBURGH-University of Pittsburgh researchers have conducted the first cradle-to-grave assessment of light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights and determined that the increasingly popular lamps strike the best balance between brightness, affordability, and energy and environmental conserva ...

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Pitt Researchers Undertake $1.06 Million Federal Project to Curtail, Reuse Harmful Wastewater From Marcellus Shale Drilling


PITTSBURGH-The U.S. Department of Energy recently selected the University of Pittsburgh as one of nine national partners that will develop techniques for curtailing the possible environmental and health hazards associated with tapping the massive natural gas reserves lying beneath Pennsylv ...

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G20 in Pittsburgh-Local 'Green' Sector Leads in Research and Application and Now Must Cultivate Green Business, Pitt Expert Says


PITTSBURGH-Cited as a reason for Pittsburgh's selection as host of the G20 conference in September, the local green sector excels in research and implementation, but there is still opportunity for further green growth in the area of businesses and manufacturing jobs, says a University of P ...

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Pitt 'Green' Design Contest Winners Combine Household Wind Turbine with Energy-saving Tips for Low-cost Power Conservation


PITTSBURGH-An affordable wind turbine coupled with a book of energy-saving tips is the winning idea in the sustainable-design contest hosted by the University of Pittsburgh's Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation. Launched in August 2008, the Energy Efficient Building Technologies Chal ...

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Roof-top Hydroelectricity and Slaying "Vampire Power" Among Low-cost, Energy-Saving Ideas From Finalists in Pitt's "Green" Building Contest


PITTSBURGH-Roof-top hydroelectricity from rainwater, a solar-powered device that heats and cools a room, or just a Web site that tells people the amount of power they burn.

These are among the proposals from five student teams selected as finalists in the sustainable-building contest ...

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