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Sustainability & Energy

Powering the future will take a range of technical, policy and design solutions. What's to be done for a world of people facing depleted energy resources and global warming?

Carnegie Mellon researchers are developing new mapping tools to track dangerous CO2 emissions and excessive carbon footprints. We are helping the auto industry design more fuel-efficient cars and tools to find the best use for biofuels.

Carnegie Mellon's experts in the fine arts are pioneering environmental solutions in architecture and the university has one of the nation's top ranked programs in sustainable design.

As embodied in Carnegie Mellon's Intelligent Workplace project, our researchers are working together to make the built environment more efficient through new and retro fit construction and integrated systems, as well as small-town planning principles.

The university's labs are humming with innovative ideas to safely use hydrogen for fuel again and make solar power ubiquitous for even the most cloudy cities.

Environmental discussions permeate the curriculum. As one of the first universities to purchase wind energy, Carnegie Mellon continues to lead the charge in and outside the classroom.

Carnegie Mellon also is building a future on the city's former brownfields sites through the outreach and work of its Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research. This institute is a resource for local communities and serves as a vehicle to enhance the growth of brownfields cleanup and development in western Pennsylvania.


Researchers at the university's Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship are deploying a cross-disciplinary approach to create new business models for clean energy and biotechnology. Read story »

Carnegie Mellon's Electricity Industry Center merges engineering, economics, risk analysis and decision science to study the inherently interdisciplinary problems of the electricity industry. Watch video to learn more »

Granger Morgan, department head and professor of engineering and public policy, is working on strategies to reduce and ultimately eliminate carbon emissions. Watch video to learn more »