Carnegie Mellon University

Sustainability and Green Design

The concept of sustainability seeks to meet the needs of current generations without compromising those of future generations. This EESS concentration aims to create context for engineering decisions in the 21st century and to educate future decision makers in the industry about how the global and local drivers of sustainability are likely to affect their choices. Students examine the challenges of modern design with regard to:

  • Sustainable and climate-resilient infrastructure
  • Energy and environment
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Carbon footprinting

Courses introduce students to the economic, environmental, and social implications of infrastructure. Graduates are able to make decisions specifically geared toward sustainable engineering practices, and to define sustainability with respect to local as well as global effects.

Recommended Courses

The following courses are recommended for this concentration, but the MS program is flexible and students should work with their academic advisors to tailor coursework towards their own individual interests and career goals.

  • 12-712 Introduction to Sustainable Engineering
  • 12-714 Environmental Life Cycle Assessment
  • 12-718 Sustainable Engineering Project
  • 12-747 Sustainable Buildings
  • 12-748 Mechanical and Electrical System Design for Buildings

Additional Courses

The following crosscutting courses relate to this concentration and may be of interest for additional course work, depending on individual student goals.

  • 12-704 Probability and Estimation Methods for Engineering Systems
  • 12-706 Civil Systems Investment Planning and Pricing
  • 12-726 Mathematical Modeling of Environmental Quality Systems
  • 12-741 Data Management
  • 12-749 Special Topics: Climate Change Adaptation
  • 12-750 Infrastructure Management
  • 19-688 Innovation for Energy and the Environment
  • 39-611 Energy Demand and Utilization
  • 48-569 GIS/CAFM

Visit the HUB for a full listing of available courses and their descriptions.