Pitt has partnered with Fifth Season to provide fresh greens for dining vendors on campus.
The Pittsburgh-based agriculture company uses innovative agricultural methods, including robotics, to grow lettuce, spinach and other greens year-round using 97 percent less land and 95 percent less water than traditional farming methods.
Many dining locations on campus now serve Fifth Season greens, including Pom & Honey, The Roost, Smokeland BBQ, the prepackaged salads at Forbes Street Market and several stations at The Eatery and The Perch.
This partnership furthers Pitt’s aims to implement more eco-friendly strategies across different parts of the University to become a greener campus.
Collaborating with a local environmental technology start-up like Fifth Season is a way for Pitt to commit to climate action goals while contributing to the Pittsburgh economy.
“We are committed to achieving the goals of the Pitt Sustainability plan,” said Julie Bannister, assistant vice chancellor for auxiliary services. “We are always looking for opportunities to collaborate with local organizations to further our sustainability goals and create innovative solutions.”
The partnership also allows Pitt community members to get more involved in food production and distribution. The company employs six student ambassadors to sample their greens and better understand the needs and tastes of the campus.
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