Carnegie Mellon University

Green Practices

We work to advance operational sustainability efforts across all aspect of university support services and offer programming to foster a campus culture of environmental sustainability.

These pages provide information on campus sustainability services, ways to get involved, and resources to help you make sustainable choices around campus.  Many are also outlined in this handout: Sustainability Resource Guide [pdf]

STARS Gold Seal


CMU Earns Second Gold Rating for Campus Sustainability

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Sustainability Initiative

The World's First Voluntary University Review Completed UN Global Goals

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Scotty Goes Green

Learn more about the Office Certification Program.

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2022 Campus Race to Zero Waste Results

While the competition is just 8 weeks each February and March, you can participate all year by consuming less, reusing more, and choosing to recycle or compost when you can. Want to do more? Visit the CR2ZW page for more information and to see the results of the 2022 competition. 

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Visit the Environment@CMU Events Page for upcoming and reoccurring events. 

Adopt the 5 R's when working from home. Most of us have been working remotely at home for a while now.  Here are some helpful tips to learn about and adopt the 5 R's; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose and Refuse.   Adopt the 5 R's when working from home [pdf]

Have ideas for campus green practices? The University's Green Practices Committee has been in place since 1999 and is comprised of administrators, staff, faculty members, and students having the common goal to "develop university practices that improve environmental quality."