Carnegie Mellon University

Sustainability at FMS

Facilities Management Services plays an integral role in how Carnegie Mellon sets and achieves goals for sustainability. For more information about FMS and sustainability, contact: 

Deborah Steinberg
Green Practices and Sustainability Manager


What FMS Can Do For You for FREE?

Install Radiator Automatic Control Valves - to regulate the heat from your radiator.

Install Light Occupancy Sensors - to turn off the lights automatically.

Provide Recycling Bins, Stations or Labels - to improve our recycle infrastructure.

Free Thermometers & Light Switch Stickers (Turn off the Lights!)

Office Paper Clean Out - Place an FMS service request for an office cleanout; A 95 gallon bin, (or as many as needed), will be delivered by Custodial Services for your office paper cleanouts, which includes all types of paper, journals & books.

Refrigerant Reclamation & Scrap Metal Recycling - Place an FMS service request for your AC unit or refrigerator to be picked up and recycled properly.  Scrap metal can be picked up and taken to the scrap dumpster.  (A small fee is charged for these services.)

FMS Leadership in Sustainable Practices - Organizes competitions and documents campus sustainability; Recycle Mania, Energy Contests, AASHE STARS, Bike Friendly University, Tree Campus USA.

Provides environmental language in Facilities Management service contracts; custodial, waste, recycling, carpet recycling, and purchasing contracts (i.e. paper products, low VOC paints).

Integrated Pest Management Program since 1990.

Utility purchases and electricity curtailment events, energy and lighting efficiency upgrades.

Recycling Collection & Infrastructure - (Stadium recycling, solar compactors, wood pallets, paper, bottles & cans, cardboard, scrap metal, food & plant materials).

Annual GHG Inventory

Since the establishment of the Green Practices Committee in 1998, FMS has provided leadership on the committee.  

Click to read more about Green Practices at Carnegie Mellon.

FMS Green Team 

The Facilities Management Services Green Team is a newly formed group, to help the FMS Department work on sustainability initiatives internal to our operations.  Current initiatives include wood pallet recycling, printing less paper, and doing a better job of recycling.

Sustainability Recommendations from FMS Shops

Carpenters, AC & Auto Mechanics, Drivers, Laborers, Gardeners, Plumbers, Steam Fitters & Electricians, (meetings in progress).