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 Gold Buildings on Campus

Mehrabian Collaborative Innovation Center


Carnegie Mellon Café


GSIA West Entry Addition 


Gates and Hillman Centers


 LEED Certified Silver Buildings on Campus

Stever House


Henderson House


300 South Craig Street


407 South Craig Street


Porter Hall 100


Doherty Hall Phase II


Mellon Institute Renovations


GSIA First Floor


Doherty Hall Renovation MSE


 LEED Certified

Posner Center


LEED Registered (awaiting rating by USGBC)

  • Scott Hall
  • Cohen University Center Addition
  • Hamburg Hall Auditorium
  • Hamerschlag Maker Wing
  • 4721 Fifth Avenue
  • Tepper Building

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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