Why Be Sustainable?

  • Here at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, we'd like to provide our community at large with some facts concerning why they should practice sustainable living habits.


    • America uses about 15 times more energy per person than does the typical developing country. 
    • Though accounting for only 5 percent of the world's population, Americans consume 26 percent of the world's energy. 
    • Office buildings use approximately 19 percent of all energy consumed in the US 
    • Energy use can account for over 30 percent of a company's operating budget, while adding 20 percent to the nation's total greenhouse gas emissions. 
    • Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems account for between 40 percent and 60 percent of total energy use (all forms of energy) in the commercial sector. 
    • An American family of four uses up to 260 gallons of water in the home per day. 
    • Running tap water for two minutes is equal to 3-5 gallons of water. 
    • A five minute shower is equal to 20-35 gallons of water. 
    • A full bath is equal to approximately 60 gallons of water. 
    • Water efficient fixtures can cut water use by 30%