Carnegie Mellon is building upon two decades of an engaged effort in support of the broader definition of sustainability afforded by the world's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
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.
Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 global objectives to create a more equitable and viable planet by 2030. These goals came together following input from millions of people around the world, with younger generations especially engaged. They were adopted by the global community at the United Nations in 2015.
Select each goal to learn about the type of work and global challenges they address.
Goal 1: No Poverty
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being
Goal 4: Quality Education
Goal 5: Gender Equality
Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 13: Climate Action
The Sustainability Initiative's Steering Committee and Advisory Council will lead the following charges:
of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the university
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 at the UN General Assembly this year.
Sustainability in the News
University Engineer and Assistant Vice President of Facilities Management and Campus Services
Executive Fellow for Sustainability Initiatives
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
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
Anna Siefken, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation
Rick Siger, Office of the President
M. Shernell Smith, Executive Director of the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion
Sakena Washington, Office of the Provost
Keith Webster, University Libraries