May 01, 2018
Cohon Receives Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Carnegie Mellon University President Emeritus Jared L. Cohon is this year's recipient of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Cohon, University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy, and director emeritus of CMU's Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, is being recognized for his devotion to promoting innovative environmental efforts that enhance the quality of life in western Pennsylvania.
Under his leadership, CMU offered its first environmental ethics course, built the first LEED-certified residence hall in the world and pledged to purchase 100 percent of the university's electricity from renewable energy sources.
Before joining the university, Cohon was the dean of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University (1992-1997), and was a faculty member and administrator at Johns Hopkins University (1973-1992). He served as chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board and coordinated a U.S. National Academy of Sciences study on the hidden costs of energy.
Cohon will be honored at the Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards Dinner and Awards Ceremony on May 24.