Carnegie Mellon University

Campus Green Design

The university has made a commitment to adhere to the U.S Green Building Council LEED Building rating system as listed in the Univeristy Design Standards.

The LEED rating system is scored by the following categories:

Sustainable Sites
Water Efficiency
Energy and Atmosphere
Indoor Environmental Quality
Innovation in Design


The University has committed to adopting the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system for all new construction and significant renovations.  All such projects shall be designed and constructed so that they will meet the current version of the LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations (LEED-NC) standard.  In addition the University has established the goal of achieving a minimum of a LEED “Silver” rating.  

Less extensive renovations shall utilize the LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) rating system as applicable to their defined scope of work.  For example, a project that is exclusively painting might only be eligible for a single LEED point under the Low-Emitting Materials, Paints and Coatings section of the LEED-CI rating system and  would be expected to meet the requirements for that point.  As the scope of a project broadens, associated sections of LEED-CI would come into play.

Pittsburgh 2030 District

CMU is committed to the Pittsburgh 2030 District goals by publishing building performance data and utilizing the stretch goals for energy, water, air quality and transportation.