Carnegie Mellon University

Our Charges 

The Sustainability Initiative's Steering Committee and Advisory Council are leading the following efforts:

Grow awareness

of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the university


the university's engagement with the SDGs


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


on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges regarding CMU's engagement with the SDGs


to the university and the world about our SDG progress and commitments

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 at the UN General Assembly in 2020.

Read our 2020 VUR report (PDF) 

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.