Carnegie Mellon University

Get Involved!

At Carnegie Mellon there are many ways to get involved with campus sustainability projects. The following are few suggestions, no matter what level of involvement you prefer:

  • NEW! SEED Leadership Program: Are you an undergraduate or graduate student at CMU with a green practices project idea, but don't know where to start?  Join our network of campus sustainability leaders! The mission of the SEED (Sustainability Education + Empowerment = Doing) Leadership program is to build a network of sustainability-literate student leaders capable of empowering and educating peers about sustainability issues. SEED Leaders will work in teams to develop and implement projects, of their own interest, that improve campus sustainability and educate the campus community on green practices. Recruitment for the 2022-23 has concluded. Contact Deborah at for more information or how to get involved with SEED. 
  • Scotty Goes Green Office Certification: This voluntary, self-guided initiative, supports and promotes offices that are taking steps toward reducing their environmental footprint. Faculty and staff are encouraged to learn more and apply. New certifications coming soon!
  • Join the Green Practices Committee! The GPC is a group of students, faculty, and staff that meet every other month to discuss and identify new opportunities as well as sharing challenges and best practices with colleagues. 
  • Students can join a campus organization, many of which focus on environmental or sustainability issues. A few are highlighted on the Environment at CMU's Student Organizations page or visit The Bridge for information on campus organizations.
  • The Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research has information on the Environmental and Sustainability Studies major and minor programs and about research and funding opportunities for students and faculty. Visit the Steinbrenner Institute.   
  • Faculty and Staff may attend Staff Council Sustainability Committee meetings, which are open to the CMU community. Visit the Staff Council Committees page to contact the committee chair for meeting information.
  • Are you a CMU community member already undertaking an activity outside of your courses or research that contributes to campus sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals? Fill out this form so that the CMU Sustainability Initiative can share your work.
  • Do you have ideas, questions or suggestions for the CMU Sustainability Initiative? Visit their comment form to submit them. 

Carnegie Mellon encourages our students faculty and staff to be a positive force for sustainable action in the campus community, in the region and beyond.  Visit the Sustainability Resources Page for a listing of a few local and national sustainability organizations.