Conservation -Environment at CMU - Carnegie Mellon University

Energy & Water Conservation

Campus Conservation Nationals Februray 1 thru April 30, 2015

The goals of Campus Conservation Nationals are to:

  • Engage, educate, motivate, and empower students to conserve resources in residence halls and other campus buildings.
  • Foster a culture of conservation within campus communities, and propel campus sustainability initiatives.
  • Enable students to teach each other conservation behaviors that they can employ on campus and in their future homes and workplaces.
  • Enable students to develop leadership, community organizing, and career development skills.
  • Achieve measurable reductions in electricity and water use, preventing thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide from being emitted.
  • Highlight the ability of behavior change tools such as competitions, commitments, and social norms, to conserve energy and water.


Carnegie Mellon has signed up for their 3 week competition from February 9th to March 1, to reduce energy use in campus resident halls and we need your help!  Thirteen buildings have been included in the contest: Boss, Doherty Apts, Donner, Hamerschlag, Henderson, Margaret Morrison Apts, McGill, Mudge, Scobell, Shirely, Stever, Welch House, and West Wing/Resnik.  Each house will have its electricity use measured to see who can save the most.  It's that simple!  While this is the third year that Carnegie Mellon has been involved in the competition, we intend to enter it each year to spread the message of conservation to students!

Campus Conservation Nationals official website

Water Conservation

Several water conservation initiaties are being utilized on campus.

-Housing uses 103 sets of high efficiency washers & dryers in resident halls
-Low-flow faucets installed in 25% of campus buildings.
-Low-flow showerheads on 80% of all shower heads, converted to use 2.5gpm.
-A rainwater barrel on the solar house is used to water the student garden.
-Ultra low flow urinals (.5 liter per flush) installed in 2 buildings.
-Rain water collection systems installed in two buildings utilized for toilets and irrigation.