Carnegie Mellon University

Housing Goes Green

April 20, 2018

Housing Goes Green

Mandi Semple
  • Director of Marketing, Student Affairs
  • 412-268-3437

Housing Services is dedicated to promoting environmental practices and sustainable initiatives at its home office in the Residence on Fifth and throughout its residence halls and apartments.

Scotty Goes Green Certification

Scotty Goes Green is a University wide office certification program that engages staff members in enhancing sustainable practices and knowledge in their offices and areas of work. Housing Services, along with the other Residence on Fifth staff members, have achieved the Bronze level certification, and are working toward a Gold level certification. Our office is currently participating in single stream recycling, plastic bag recycling, battery recycling, composting, energy savings practices/habits, zero waste events, sustainable purchasing practices, and more!

On-Campus Housing Updates

All housing locations around campus are taking part in the following initiatives to improve our living spaces and lower our energy consumption:

  • Installing bottle refill stations in residential common areas
  • Offering single-stream recycling bins
  • Replacing bulbs with energy-efficient LED lighting
  • Recycling carpet

LEED Certification

Stever House received a LEED Silver Rating from the U.S. Green Building Council on September 12, 2003, making it the First Version LEED-NC 2.0 Silver Certified University Dormitory in the nation! This is a major accomplishment for Carnegie Mellon and for housing's commitment to the environment.                       

Get Involved

Attend Student Dormitory Council (SDC) meetings or join a student organization that works with sustainability initiatives on campus. For more details, check out the Environment @ CMU webpage.