Conservation -Environment at CMU - Carnegie Mellon University

Energy & Water Conservation

Campus Conservation Nationals

Campus Conservation Nationals official website
Between February 4th and April 26th, 2013, participating colleges and universities will compete to achieve the greatest possible energy and water reductions in residence halls. Schools will choose to compete against buildings on their own campus, in a state or regional competition, or against a select group of peer institutions, with savings from all participants accumulating as we strive to achieve a national challenge goal of 2 gigawatt-hours!

Carnegie Mellon has signed up for their 3 week competition from February 4th to February 24th, to reduce energy use in campus resident halls and we need your help!  Twelve buildings have been included in the contest: Boss, Doherty Apts, Donner, Hamerschlag, Henderson, Margaret Morrison Apts, McGill, Mudge, Scobell, Shirely, Stever, and Welch House.  Each house will have its electricity use measured to see who can save the most.  It's that simple!  While this is the second 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!

Sleep is Good program

Through improved computer monitor management our goal is to save 2 million kilowatt-hours (roughly $130,000 per year).

Reducing this amount of energy is equivalent to:

Energy used by 1,150 U.S. households per month
CO2 reductions equal to preventing emissions from 140 cars
Planting 10 million square feet of trees

Visit the Energy Star Website to learn more about saving energy with better computer management

Water Conservation

Several water conservation initiaties are being utilized on campus.

Housing uses 103 sets of high efficiency washers & dryers in resident halls, some with wireless eSuds access.
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.