Carnegie Mellon University
General Resources

Conservation Tips

Contact your Department's Facility Coordinator or FMCS (Facilities Management and Campus Services) by email fixit@andrew.cmu or by phone 412-268-2910.

  •     To request LED lighting for your department.
  •     If your light fixtures need to be fixed, cleaned or replaced.
  •     To have your lighting level measured.
  •     To get light switch decals or to have lights or fans put on timers or motion sensors.
  •     If you have a monitor or any other electronics that need to be recycled.
  •     To get temperature guides for thermostats.
  •     To have a radiator fixed or to have a control valve put on it.
  •     To have weather seal around a window or have it fixed.

To maximize power savings, EPA recommends setting computers to enter system standby or sleep after 30 to 60 minutes of inactivity. To save even more, set monitors to enter sleep mode after 5 to 20 minutes of inactivity. The lower the setting, the more energy you save, and turning off saves the most!  New monitor technology does not need screen savers and they do not save power!

Check in with your department and ask when backups or software upgrades are scheduled, so your computer will not be left out, if you turn it off. 

Turn off your monitors when you leave for the day or weekend.

To learn about the benefits of using LCD monitors instead of CRT monitor:

LCD vs CRT white paper [.pdf]

To learn about "smart power strips," how they work and where to buy them; 

Advanced Power Strips

Smart Home USA

To learn more about Vendor Misers, how they work, and where you can order them:

Vending Miser Store

Indoor Air Quality

Contact your Department's Facility Coordinator or FMCS (Facilities Management and Campus Services) by email fixit@andrew.cmu or by phone 412-268-2910.

  • To have a carpet or floor replaced or cleaned 
  • To have the ventilation exhaust cleaned and heating / cooling unit fixed

Waste Management & Recycling

Contact FMCS (Facilities Management and Campus Services) by email fixit@andrew.cmu or by phone 412-268-2910.

To request a paper or bottles & cans recycling bin

Learn where to recycle (batteries, toner/ink cartridges, etc) go to the recycling page

To learn more about furniture recycling see:

Green Purchasing

To learn more about compostable dinnerware & cutlery:

To learn more about sustainable office supplies (including refillable, reusable and recycled products) and where you can buy them see:

To learn about green options (local, organic and/or zero waste) available for catered events.

To learn more about water filters and where you can buy them see:

To learn more about fair trade coffee and where you can buy it see:

To learn more about phosphate free soap and non-antibacterial soap and where you can buy it see:

To learn more about environmentally friendly hotels and meeting places and where you can book them see:

Procurement

Be sure to check out the following purchasing link so review the most recent environmentally preferable products or services available.

Carnegie Mellon Procurement Services Green Practices

EPA Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

Transportation, Commuting & Travel

  • To request more bike racks or to have them fixed contact the building manager/engineer or FMS
  • Video Conference! Flying has a huge environmental footprint. Check out videoconferencing options through CMU Computing Media Services.

*For questions contact Barb Kviz email bk11@andrew.cmu.edu or call at 412-268-7858