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Oct. 25: Carnegie Mellon Is One of the "Coolest," Says Sierra Magazine Cover Story


Ken Walters                           

Carnegie Mellon Is One of the "Coolest,"
Says Sierra Magazine Cover Story

PITTSBURGH — Sierra Magazine has ranked Carnegie Mellon University the 10th "Coolest" School in its November/December 2007 cover story for the university's efforts against global warming and toward creating a greener campus. Sierra Magazine is the national magazine of the Sierra Club, the largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. Published bimonthly, the magazine has a circulation of 1.2 million readers.

greenroofThe magazine (, which reaches newsstands Oct. 25, recognizes the work of colleges and universities, as well as their student bodies, against environmental problems. This is the first year the magazine has conducted a survey on college and university green practices. They took into account everything from university green-building policies and clean-energy purchases to campus food quality and bike facilities. The "Top 10 That Get It" list of universities and colleges excludes the Eco League, the United State's only environmentally themed consortium made up of five small liberal arts institutions (Alaska Pacific University, College of the Atlantic, Green Mountain College, Northland College and Prescott College.)

Carnegie Mellon was ranked 10th for several green initiatives on campus, including the university's student-designed green roofs atop The Posner Center and Hamerschlag Hall, the nation's first eco-friendly residence hall, New House, and the Collaborative Innovation Center, which features a modular raised-floor system that doubles the amount of fresh air that circulates throughout the building.

Carnegie Mellon also features a Green Practices Committee, which was established to develop a comprehensive system of waste reduction and energy conservation. Made up of faculty, students and staff, the committee created priorities, goals and mechanisms for implementing environmental policies. More information on Carnegie Mellon's green practices and policies can be found at

Founded in 1892 by John Muir (the man on the back of the California quarter), the Sierra Club works to find safer and new ways to produce and consume energy. The club views energy consumption and production as the principal factors that will define the future of the nation's security and economic stability, as well as the future health of the nation's air, water and wild lands.  It also views colleges, universities, and their student bodies as one of the principal driving forces behind technological and political innovations that will create a culture of sustainability.

The green roof on Hamerschlag Hall is pictured above.