Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon is committed to adopting sustainable practices that will reduce the operational footprint of our campuses.

Our long-term commitment to energy conservation comes from an institutional culture that values environmental stewardship and social responsibility. Energy conservation mitigates the numerous adverse environmental and social impacts associated with energy production and consumption. As a charter member of the Pittsburgh 2030 District, CMU has ambitious goals for continued energy consumption reductions. This internationally recognized, locally-driven strategic initiative of the Green Building Alliance (GBA)  supports building owners and managers as they strive toward 50% reductions in energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions by 2030. 

Several water conservation initiatives are utilized on campus:

  • Housing uses more than 100 sets of high efficiency washers & dryers in resident halls
  • Low-flow faucets were installed in 25% of campus buildings
  • Low-flow showerheads are installed in 80% of showers, converted to use 2.5 gpm
  • Ultra low flow urinals (.5 liter per flush) were installed in several buildings
  • Rain water collection systems installed across campus to help with regional stormwater management