Green Practices-Campus Design and Facility Development - Carnegie Mellon University

Green Practices

Carnegie Mellon University has become a leader in environmental stewardship through innovative practice, policy, education, and the “greening” of its campus. Strong leadership and the dedication of the campus community have enabled the university to achieve many significant accomplishments. The Carnegie Mellon Green Practices committee has been instrumental in setting and achieving goals, establishing innovative projects, and communicating its efforts to the campus community and beyond.

The University has committed to adopting the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system for all new construction and significant renovations. All such projects shall be designed and constructed so that they will meet the current version of the LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations (LEED-NC) standard. In addition the university has established the goal of achieving a minimum of a LEED “Silver” rating whenever possible.

Less extensive renovations shall utilize the LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) rating system as applicable to their defined scope of work. For example, a project that is exclusively painting might only be eligible for a single LEED point under the Low-Emitting Materials, Paints and Coatings section of the LEED-CI rating system and would be expected to meet the requirements for that point. As the scope of a project broadens, associated sections of LEED-CI would come into play.


LEED Certified Buildings on Campus

  • 300 South Craig Street - LEED Silver
  • 407 South Craig Street - LEED Silver
  • Carnegie Mellon Cafe - LEED Gold
  • Collaborative Innovation Center - LEED Gold
  • Doherty Hall Phase II - LEED Silver
  • Gates and Hillman Centers - LEED Gold
  • GSIA West Entry Addition - LEED Gold
  • Henderson House - LEED Silver
  • Porter Hall 100 (Gregg Hall) Renovation - LEED Silver
  • Posner Center - LEED Certified 
  • Stever House - LEED Silver 


LEED Registered Projects on Campus

  • GSIA First Floor Addition


Other "Green" Projects on Campus

  • Central Chiller Plant
  • Hamerschlag Hall Green Roof
  • Intelligent Workplace / CBPD
  • Mellon Institute Green Roof
  • Solar Decathlon House
  • Tartan's Pavilion



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