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), also known as the Global Goals.
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.
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The SDGs, also known as the Global Goals, 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 below 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 are leading the following efforts:
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 in 2020.
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.
CMU Sustainability in the News
Explore national and local news about Carnegie Mellon University's Sustainability Initiative.
- Inside Higher Ed: Carnegie Mellon Makes Global Goals Local
- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Carnegie Mellon publishes report on sustainability progress
- Local 2030: CMU Completes Voluntary Review of Sustainable Development Goals
- Brookings: The 'SDG Effect': The emerging Pittsburgh platform to deliver the global goals locally
- Stanford Social Innovation Review: Foundations Should Invest in Building the Field of Sustainable Development
- Brookings: CMU Receives Gold STARS Rating for Sustainability
- Windpower Engineering & Development: CMU Purchases Renewable Energy Credits from ENGIE
- CMU News: Pittsburgh Spotlighted as Leader in Advancing Sustainable Development Goals
- The Piper: American Leadership on the Sustainable Development Goals
University Professor and Department Head, Civil and Environmental Engineering
University Engineer and Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management and Campus Services
Executive Fellow for Sustainability Initiatives
Distinguished Service Professor Of Public Policy and Head Of Heinz College In Washington, DC
Nina Baird, School of Architecture, College of Fine Arts
Joe Brauch, Undergraduate Student Senate
Sven Burke, Graduate Student Assembly
Don Coffelt, Facilities Management and Campus Services
Neil Donahue, Steinbrenner Institute, Mellon College of Science, College of Engineering
Rayid Ghani, Machine Learning Department, School of Computer Science and Heinz College
Barbara Kviz, Staff Council
Vivian Loftness, School of Architecture, College of Fine Arts
Nick Muller, Tepper School of Business, College of Engineering
Dan Nagin, Heinz College
Kathryn Posko, Heinz College graduate student
Elizabeth “Lib” Rosemeyer, Office of Title IX Initiatives
Edmund Russell, Professor of History, Dietrich College
Peter Scupelli, School of Design, College of Fine Arts
Liz Vaughan, Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Director of SLICE
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
Adam Stein, VP of Campus Affairs
Madeleine Timko, Director of Sustainability, Presidents Cabinet
Sakena Washington, Office of the Provost
Keith Webster, University Libraries