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Chriss Swaney

For immediate release:
March 9, 2004

Carnegie Mellon Names Deborah Lange To Head Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Deborah Lange has been named executive director of the newly formed Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research.

Lange, executive director of the university's Brownfields Center since 1997, has a long history of successful environmental consulting experience, including working for U.S. Steel Corp., the IT Corp. and Paul C. Rizzo Associates.

"The creation of the Steinbrenner Institute confirms Carnegie Mellon's commitment to sustainability in the built and natural environments," Lange said. "As the portal to future and ongoing environmental activities on campus, the Steinbrenner Institute will become a resource to the region and bring new opportunities to the student body."

"It is our goal to make Carnegie Mellon the global model for tackling complex environmental policy issues, and I am honored to be a part of this exciting and insightful new initiative," Lange said.

Last year Carnegie Mellon Trustee W. Lowell Steinbrenner and his wife, Jan, pledged seed funds of $4 million to set up the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research. The institute will aid Carnegie Mellon's ambitious long-term strategic plan to change the way society thinks and acts about the environment through its educational and research methods and results, through the issues it raises and through the outcomes it produces.

The Steinbrenner Institute's initial focus will be centered on two critical environmental themes: Energy and the environment, including electricity and energy for transportation; and urban infrastructure in both developed and developing regions, including the urban and natural environment in urban regions.

"We are pleased that Deborah Lange will be leading the charge as this new institute works to showcase Carnegie Mellon's long tradition of successful research as well as its collaborative strengths in science and technology, design, economics and the social and policy sciences,'' said Chris Hendrickson, head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and faculty director of the Steinbrenner Institute.

The Steinbrenner Institute also will be charged with coordinating and enhancing the impact of environmental research and education campus-wide. The educational focus will include an emphasis on helping all Carnegie Mellon undergraduate students understand the problems, methodologies and practical solutions that can lead to a more sustainable world. Already, the Steinbrenner Institute has allocated more than $70,000 in grants to a variety of research and educational initiatives, including a conference booklet for the upcoming North American conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists, which will take place Oct. 20-24 at Carnegie Mellon.

In energy, for example, microturbines designed by Carnegie Mellon researchers can run on everything from palm oil to manure gas. University researchers also are finding great value in wind energy. In 2001 Carnegie Mellon became the first Pennsylvania university to purchase wind power. Other researchers are using "super bugs" to eliminate dangerous PCBs.

The university also is a leader in green design, which is the art of engineering products and processes to minimize risk for both nature and mankind. The Green Design Team also studies alternative fuels and propulsion systems.

Carnegie Mellon is a leader in interdisciplinary research and world renowned for equipping its graduates with analytical capabilities, problem-solving skills and information technology prowess.


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