The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The Refillery in Squirrel Hill on Murray Avenue.

Pittburgh’s new Refillery aims to limit single-use plastic, promote zero-waste

By Maya Valletta, Staff Writer October 28, 2022
The Refillery is making a low-waste and sustainable lifestyle more accessible to Pittsburgh. The owner, Larissa Russo, opened the zero-waste store in Squirrel Hill a little less than a year ago, after seeing a need in the Pittsburgh community for an alternative to single-use plastic.
Volunteers wrap excess food in Posvar Hall.

Pitt Food Recovery Heroes aim to reduce food waste, fight food insecurity

By Trevor Weinstock, Staff Writer October 21, 2022
Food Recovery Heroes’ goal is to recover surplus food across campus and to donate it to local organizations. They take leftovers from food vendors around campus and bring them to different hunger-fighting agencies in Pittsburgh.
Inside of an operating room during a surgery.

Pitt researchers discuss operating room sustainability practices

By Khushi Rai, Staff Writer July 22, 2022
Combating climate change in the healthcare sector is especially important for Melissa Belic, professor in civil and environmental engineering and co-director of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation.
Radisav Vidic, left, Ritesh Pawar and Zheiwei “Joey” Zhang working on the pilot-scale MD system in Texas.

Pitt Engineering develops new process to recycle oil and gas wastewater

By Jacob Mraz , Staff Writer July 15, 2022
With sustainability in mind, Pitt Engineering designed a system to curb energy industry water waste through membrane distillation.
Martina Frederick, left, Lauren Posey and Matthew Yager of Eco Justice Allies.

Students fight environmental injustice in Pittsburgh through advocacy project

By Donata Massimiani, Staff Writer March 24, 2022
Students in R. Ward Allebach’s Sustainability course are tasked with creating a semester-long project focusing on either sustainability or environmental issues on campus. According to Martina Frederick, her group, “The Ecojustice Allies,” dedicated the semester to addressing environmental racism and injustice on campus and in the city of Pittsburgh.
Aurora Sharrard, Pitt’s sustainability director, speaks at a 2019 town hall hosted by Student Government Board.

Pitt releases long-awaited climate plan

By Martha Layne, News Editor March 17, 2022
Pitt released its climate plan on Thursday, detailing the University’s strategy to achieve carbon neutrality by 2037.
Opinion | Kentucky Fried Chicken’s new plant-based nuggets: right idea, wrong execution

Opinion | Kentucky Fried Chicken’s new plant-based nuggets: right idea, wrong execution

By Lindsey Golden, For The Pitt News March 3, 2022
KFC’s sustainable product is profit-driven and not an accurate reflection of their sustainability efforts.
Pitt Stages debuted Maria Treviño Orta’s “Somewhere” at the Charity Randall Theatre on Saturday. The play runs until Oct. 22.

Pitt Stages goes ‘Somewhere’ with sustainability

By Grace Hemcher, Staff Writer October 21, 2021
Pitt Stages is kicking off its in-person productions at Charity Randall Theatre for the first time since spring 2020, and the much-anticipated return to live performance at Pitt comes with an important message about mindfulness and sustainability.
The Plant2Plate student-run garden that produces fruits, vegetables and herbs from a plot of land located on Oakland Avenue, across from Bouquet Gardens.

Pitt student garden facing relocation amid year of growth

By Katie Cassidy, Staff Writer October 12, 2021
Plant2Plate is a student-run organization at Pitt, which has cultivated and harvested produce from a plot of land located on Oakland Avenue. The organization will soon relocate because the University intends to build student housing on their current lot.
Editorial | How to simultaneously combat climate change and your climate anxiety

Editorial | How to simultaneously combat climate change and your climate anxiety

By The Pitt News Editorial Board October 12, 2021
There are meaningful ways to help combat your climate anxiety and climate change that go beyond getting rid of plastic straws.
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