Carnegie Mellon University
April 20, 2011

News Brief: Green Leader

CMU Recognized for Environmental Research, Practices

This Earth Day, Carnegie Mellon has reason to celebrate. Two prominent institutions this week have recognized the university for its leadership in environmental research and education and for its sustainability practices, positioning CMU among the greenest colleges and universities in the United States.

CMU will be featured in "The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges," a free, downloadable guidebook that profiles the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada. The schools included in the guide were chosen based on their sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. The Princeton Review cites CMU's robust environmental research programs, commitment to green design and building and dedicated Green Practices Committee among the reasons for the university's inclusion in the listing.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership announced that Carnegie Mellon used the most green power of any school in its athletic conference, the University Athletic Association. By purchasing close to 87 million kilowatt hours of green power, CMU significantly bested its cohorts in the UAA, as well as most schools in other athletic conferences. Of the participating schools, only one other, the University of Pennsylvania, purchased more green power than CMU.

For more information about EPA's College and University Green Power Challenge, visit the Challenge website at

Jocelyn Duffy