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          carnegie mellon university

          sustainability initiative

          carnegie mellon is building upon two decades of an engaged effort in support of the broader definition of sustainability afforded by the world's sustainable development goals (sdg), also known as the global goals.


          our university’s focus includes education, research, and practice in building environmentally sustainable, peaceful, just and inclusive communities.

          cmu has maintained existing institutional commitments in the sustainability realm.

          global goals

          the sdgs, also known as the global goals, are 17 global objectives to create a more equitable and viable planet by 2030. these goals came together following input from millions of people around the world, with younger generations especially engaged. they were adopted by the global community at the united nations in 2015. 

          select each goal below to learn about the type of work and global challenges they address.

          our charges 

          the sustainability initiative's steering committee and advisory council are leading the following efforts:

          grow awareness

          of the united nations' sustainable development goals (sdgs) across the university


          the university's engagement with the sdgs


          a process of community engagement known as a "voluntary university review"

          develop processes

          to identify and present high-priority opportunities for the university to consider


          on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges regarding cmu's engagement with the sdgs


          to the university and the world about our sdg progress and commitments

          our commitments

          as announced to the campus community by provost garrett, the following six commitments will help our university advance towards globally-focused sdgs over the next 10 years.

          we commit to educate cmu students around the world about the sdgs, recognizing that this framework applies to all of us and represents a special opportunity to create a more peaceful, prosperous, planet with just and inclusive societies.

          we commit to help solve pressing problems brought to light by the sdg framework, by acting boldly, taking risks and applying creativity.

          we commit to do this work collaboratively, an approach deeply embedded in our university culture.

          we commit that through education, research, partnerships and operational activities, we will demonstrate advancement of the sdgs at cmu.

          we commit to create a voluntary university review of work being done at cmu and will report these findings in new york at the un general assembly in 2020.

          read our 2020 vur report (pdf) 

          we therefore commit to do more to align our work with the sdgs and build on the good work already done by cmu faculty, students, staff and alumni – whether focused on mitigating climate change, eliminating food waste, reducing violence or ending human trafficking.

          cmu sustainability in the news

          explore national and local news about carnegie mellon university's sustainability initiative.

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          steering committee


          david dzombak

          university professor and department head, civil and environmental engineering


          steven guenther

          university engineer and assistant vice president for facilities management and campus services


          alexandra hiniker

          executive fellow for sustainability initiatives


          sarah mendelson

          distinguished service professor of public policy and head of heinz college in washington, dc

          advisory council

          nina baird, school of architecture, college of fine arts

          joe brauch, undergraduate student senate

          sven burke, graduate student assembly

          don coffelt, facilities management and campus services

          neil donahue, steinbrenner institute, mellon college of science, college of engineering

          rayid ghani, machine learning department, school of computer science and heinz college 

          georgia giatras, office of the provost

          barbara kviz, staff council

          vivian loftness, school of architecture, college of fine arts

          nick muller, tepper school of business, college of engineering 

          dan nagin, heinz college

          kathryn posko, heinz college graduate student

          elizabeth “lib” rosemeyer, office of title ix initiatives

          edmund russell, professor of history, dietrich college

          peter scupelli, school of design, college of fine arts

          anna siefken, wilton e. scott institute for energy innovation

          rick siger, office of the president

          m. shernell smith, executive director of the center for student diversity and inclusion

          adam stein, vp of campus affairs

          madeleine timko, director of sustainability, presidents cabinet

          sakena washington, office of the provost

          keith webster, university libraries

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