Carnegie Mellon University

Sustainability Initiative

The Sustainability Initiative's Steering Committee and Advisory Council will lead the following charges:

  • Grow awareness of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the university
  • Elevate the university's engagement with the SDGs
  • Oversee a process of community engagement known as a "Voluntary University Review"
  • Develop processes to identify and present high-priority opportunities for the university to consider
  • Advise on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges regarding CMU's engagement with the SDGs
  • Communicate to the university and the world about our SDG progress and commitments

Carnegie Mellon is building upon two decades of an engaged effort in support of the broader definition of sustainability afforded by the SDGs. Our university’s focus includes education, research, and practice in building environmentally sustainable, peaceful, just and inclusive communities.

CMU has maintained existing institutional commitments in the sustainability realm.

Do you have questions, suggestions or ideas that could have a meaningful impact on sustainability? Email our steering committee and advisory council.


Our Commitments

As announced to the campus community by Provost Garrett, the following six commitments will help our university advance towards globally-focused SDGs over the next 10 years.

We commit to educate CMU students around the world about the SDGs, recognizing that this framework applies to all of us and represents a special opportunity to create a more peaceful, prosperous, planet with just and inclusive societies.

We commit to help solve pressing problems brought to light by the SDG framework, by acting boldly, taking risks, and applying creativity.

We commit to do this work collaboratively, an approach deeply embedded in our university culture.

We commit that through education, research, partnerships and operational activities, we will demonstrate advancement of the SDGs at CMU.

We commit to create a Voluntary University Review of work being done at CMU and will report these findings in New York as the UN General Assembly meets next year.

We therefore commit to do more to align our work with the SDGs and build on the good work already done by CMU faculty, students, staff and alumni – whether focused on mitigating climate change, eliminating food waste, reducing violence or ending human trafficking.

Advisory Council

Jay Aronson, Department of History, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Nina Baird, School of Architecture, College of Fine Arts

Sven Burke, Graduate Student Assembly

Don Coffelt, Facilities Management and Campus Services

Neil Donahue, Steinbrenner Institute, Mellon College of Science, College of Engineering

Matthew Fochs, Graduate Student Assembly

Rayid Ghani, Machine Learning Department, School of Computer Science and Heinz College 

Georgia Giatras, Office of the Provost 

Kristin Hughes, School of Design, College of Fine Arts

Barbara Kviz, Staff Council

Vivian Loftness, School of Architecture, College of Fine Arts

Brian Lee, Sustainable Earth Student Group

Julia Lui, President's Cabinet, Student Government 

Nick Muller, Tepper School of Business, College of Engineering 

Dan Nagin, Heinz College

Ansh Nasta, Graduate Student Assembly

Liam O’Connell, Undergraduate Student Senate

Corina Paraschiv, Heinz College graduate student, CMU UN Association

Elizabeth “Lib” Rosemeyer, Office of Title IX Initiatives

Peter Scupelli, School of Design, College of Fine Arts

Janel Sutkus, Institutional Research and Analysis

Anna Siefken, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, 

Keith Webster, University Libraries