The primary goals of the Sustainability Distinction are to provide students with a mechanism to gain recognition and “credit” for their outside-the-classroom endeavors and broaden the number of undergraduate students participating in sustainability activities throughout campus.
Sustainability Distinction requirements:
- Six (6) academic credits including Current Issues in Sustainability (Course #1905)
- One (1) Sustainability-Focused Course as designated in Curriculog. If a student is unable to take the Current Issues course, then three (3) alternative Sustainability-Focused courses can be taken for nine (9) credits.
High-Impact Activities (Minimum of Three Activities)
These activities should enrich the student’s academic pursuits and provide opportunities to apply knowledge and skills to pressing social and environmental challenges. Examples of such activities include:
- Leadership role in a Student Office of Sustainability affiliated organization (other student groups will be considered with approval by the committee)
- Long-term campus or community service and/or a Place-Based Engagement Project (at least a two-semester commitment)
- A sustainability-related internship, research project or co-op experience
- A sustainability-related study abroad or alternative break experience
- An innovation competition, experience or startup related to sustainability
All High Impact Activities must be verified by a supervisor or advisor on this form.
Exploration (OCC Sustainability Badge)
These undertakings should broaden a student’s personal development through outside-the-classroom (OCC) experiences aimed at expanding sustainability knowledge, skills and networks. The OCC Sustainability badge provides credit for the following types of activities (among others):
- Participation in a minimum of three (3) Green Team service opportunities
- Attendance at the Sustainability Showcase and Fair
- Attending the Student Office of Sustainability First Thursday Meet-up
- Participating in Clutter for a Cause or the Resident Student Association Panther Prowl food drive (benefiting the Pitt Pantry)
- Donating to the University of Thriftsburgh or attending a University of Thriftsburgh fix-it or maker event
- Completing the Pitt Green Resident Program
- Attendance at three (3) Student Office of Sustainability-sponsored events
Reflection (2,000-word essay)
Students should reflect upon and share how classes, activities, and experiences collectively contributed to their overall personal and professional development. Students should provide examples of how these experiences enabled them to apply academic knowledge and skills to important sustainability issues.
Students must submit their High Impact Activities and Reflection essay here.
Students interested in completing the Sustainability Distinction will declare their intention to pursue by completing the Sustainability Distinction Declaration. Students will be able to use the Suitable OCC dashboard to self-track their progress of the Sustainability Badge. Some activities may require prior approval for credit. Students can apply for the distinction at any time; however, the deadline to submit the intention to pursue the distinction will be the end of the add/drop period of the semester prior to the semester in which they will graduate.
1. Log into your OCC profile using your Pitt credentials.
2. Search in the activities tab: Sustainability Distinction Declaration.
3. Complete the online form.