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Rachel Carson Legacy Conference 2010
Challenging Marcellus Shale Consequences and Alternatives

Friday, September 24, 2010
Mellon Institute Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University

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Keynote Speaker: Karl Henrik Robèrt (of The Natural Step)

From Marcellus Shale to Sustainable Energy. How do we get from here to there?

If we are to use natural gas as a transition, what infrastructure do we need to be building to prepare for it? What precautions can we take now to be sure our life support system of clean water, clean air and fertile soil are not permanently compromised? How can we empower communities to begin building a sustainable future?

We will be asking these questions of our experts in the fields of environment, public health, renewable/sustainable energy sources and systems, sustainable community development and more.

In fact the entire afternoon is dedicated to solutions - from solar power to energy-efficient design to wind and "moo" power and biogas. These, and other sustainable energy sources are harnessed and supplying power right now. Are they the answer? Come and decide for yourself.

The Consequences of the Marcellus Shale development will be addressed by a host of experts on the environment, health and community impact.

The Alternatives approach will be highlighted by keynote speaker Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt of Sweden founder of The Natural Step process for reaching a sustainable economy. He will be followed by Ken Melamed, Mayor of Whistler, B.C., who will describe the Whistler 2020 plan as implemented based on Dr. Robèrt's approach and a panel of renewable and sustainable energy businesses illustrating current economically viable applications of renewable energy systems.

Sustainability and Computer Science Seminar

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
2:00 pm - Gates&Hillman 6115

Robert C. Hampshire
Assistant Professor of Operations Research and Public Policy Heinz College,

Modeling and Optimization for City Bike Sharing Systems

Vehicle sharing programs, particularly, bike sharing programs, are an emerging mode of transportation enabled by smartcards, smartphones and web technology. Bike sharing programs hope to reduce the number of cars on the roads, hence reducing congestion; they promote healthy living and are environmentally friendly. Over 100 cities worldwide have deployed bike sharing programs. In Paris alone, over 50 million trips have been taken with the bike sharing system in two years. The largest is the Velib program in Paris, which facilitates over 70,000 bikes trips per day using 20,000 bikes and 1500 bike stations spread throughout the city. In the US, Washington D.C., Denver and Minneapolis currently have bike sharing programs. New York City, Boston and San Francisco have announced intentions to start a program. We have built an infrastructure that is collecting real-time usage data on 51 bike sharing programs around the world. This includes the logging of over 200,000 events per day. A summary of the data is available and being used by policy makers at the website:

This talk considers some of the operational challenges of balancing bike availability, citizen satisfaction and operating costs. The analysis is difficult due to the large size of the system and random spatial-temporal usage patterns. We use Markov Chain theory and asymptotic approximations to develop a spatial queuing model for large scale bike/car sharing services. This model will serve as input to algorithms and a software navigation system that provides real time instructions to a fleet of vehicles to redistribute bicycles.

Speaker Bio:
Robert Hampshire is an Assistant Professor of Operations Research & Public Policy at the H John Heinz III College at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Ph.D. in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University. His research focuses on management, modeling, and optimization of services. Particularly, he focuses on IT enabled Mobility services, communication services and distributed web services. Mobility services include Smart Parking and bike/car sharing. Communication services include call centers, bandwidth exchanges and Web conferencing. Web services include Person-2-Person lending, wikis and blogs.

He uses both using both non steady state stochastic modeling and dynamic optimization to develop management strategies.

Prior to coming to Carnegie Mellon, Hampshire worked at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Bell Laboratories of Lucent Technologies, Compaq Computers and VLSI Technology. He has patents in the areas of IT asset portfolio management and supply chain risk management.

The ninth annual David Lewis Lecture on Urban Design

Monday, September 20, 2010
6:00 p.m.
Carnegie Museum of Art Theater

Marilyn Taylor, dean of the School of Design of the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss "Architecture, Infrastructure, and Urban Design". The event is co-sponsored by the Remaking Cities Institute of the School of Architecture at CMU and the Heinz Architectural Center of the Carnegie Museum of Art. The lecture series, underwritten by Urban Design Associates, honors David Lewis, founder of the firm and Emeritus Distinguished University Professor at Carnegie Mellon.

The Promise and Perils of the Marcellus Shale

Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Hamburg Hall 1502 or 1000, depending on attendance

Panelists include Kent Moors, an expert in oil and natural gas policy from the Department of Political Science at Duquesne; CMU Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Kelvin Gregory; Jon Stolz, professor of biological sciences and director of the Center for Environmental Research and Education at Duquesne; and CMU's Robert Strauss, professor of economics and public policy at the Heinz College. CMU's Joel Tarr, the Richard S. Caliguiri University Professor of History and Policy, will moderate. This panel is organized by the Center for Economic Development at the Heinz College, RSVP required.

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Friday Night Community ChargeCar Events

ChargeCar, Carnegie Mellon’s gas-to-electric car conversion project, is sponsoring a series of Friday night community events at its new Electric Garage, 4621 Forbes Ave., for anyone interested in electric cars and environmentally friendly commuting. ChargeCar is a community-centered project of the Robotics Institute’s CREATE Lab that seeks to revolutionize commuting with electric vehicles. Since launching the project last year, ChargeCar team members, headed by Associate Research Professor Illah Nourbakhsh, Program Manager Gregg Podnar and Project Scientist Ben Brown, have been in touch with a significant number of electric car enthusiasts and environmentalists in the Pittsburgh area. The project moved into the former gas station on Forbes Avenue this summer, providing an opportunity for events to build on the enthusiasm.

Events are planned for the remainder of the month. More information on each event will be posted on the ChargeCar website,, as it becomes available.

United Nations World Environment Day 2010, Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh has been selected as the North American host city by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to join World Environment Day 2010.

Listen to David Dzombak answer three questions on his own research and some of the issues facing the field.

Come for the Competition and get a new perspective of Pittsburgh!

Please join us on April 22 (Earth Day 2010) from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Fine Arts Building on the Carnegie Mellon University campus as we unveil a new perspective of the region.

The Pittsburgh Gigapanorama is an awesome, interactive, 360-degree photographic image of southwestern Pennsylvania taken from the roof of the U. S. Steel Tower and one of the largest digital photographs ever created.

In addition to this remarkable image, we will be acknowledging the participants and products of the recent High Point Park Design Sketch/Case Competition, during which more than 350 CMU students and faculty members imagined the creation of a publicly-accessible, sustainable facility on the U. S. Steel Tower’s roof, a one-acre expanse that is the largest, highest space on top of any building on Earth.

We will also preview "The Roof of the World" an independent documentary video shot during the January competitions, as well as display the 32 architectural design sketches and 5 business case studies they produced.

This event is an open house and you may bring guests, but please RSVP by April 20 with attendees’ names to

And if you are not able to attend on Thursday, the Gigapanorama, documentary, and other exhibits can be seen at the STUDIO at 1:00 and 3:00 on Friday, April 23.

For more information, or call 412-268-3454.

Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival
Explores "Faces of Globalization," March 25 – April 24

Faces of Globalization, the 2010 Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival organized by The Humanities Center presents fourteen, contemporary, award-winning films from more than eighteen countries, in addition to an international short film competition, director appearances, panel discussions, local catering, live musical performances, video conferencing technology and a special screening in conjunction with the UN World Environment Day- all at recession rates!

For complete details and to buy your tickets online, visit:

Opening Night (March25) with Reception: $15/$10 student
Regular Admission: $7 / $4 student
Full Access Festival Pass (14 screenings): $40/$20 student + Free coffee at Big Dog Café (2717 Sarah Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15203) with the purchase of Full Access Festival Pass

Special environmental films include:

  • The Age of Stupid (Great Britain, 2008) + Opening Night Reception

    Thursday, March 25, 7:15 p.m. Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Ave
    "The first successful dramatisation of climate change to reach the big screen." –The Guardian
    Opening night reception with Indian and Arabic food from the East End Food Co-op, and Bio-Dynamic Wine (with proper ID). Moderated by Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor, Cliff Davidson.
  • The Garden, Directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy (US 2007)

    Wednesday April 7, 7:15pm at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater
    Thursday, April 8, 7:15pm, AJ Palumbo Hall at Carlow University

    Director Scott Hamilton Kennedy is schedule to appear at both showings
  • Sea Change, Directed by Barbara Ettinger (US 2009) - PITTSBURGH PREMIER

    Saturday, April 24, 7:15pm at the Carnegie Mellon McConomy Auditorium
    The will be a pre- and post-film reception with the opportunity to discuss water quality issues with many local organizations that are active in regional water challenges. Event is sponsored by the Steinbrenner Institute

Blue, Gold and Green Sustainability Festival

April 8 and 9, 2010

Full calendar of events

This year's festival includes a Heinz Distinguished Lecture with Stuart Hart. More information on the Heinz lecture and to register can be done using this link,

Sustainability and Computer Science Seminar

Friday, March 19, 2010
2:00 pm - Gates&Hillman 6115

With special guest:

David A. Dzombak
Walter J. Blenko, Sr. Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs, Carnegie Institute of Technology, and Faculty Director, Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research

Mississippi River Water Quality and the Clean Water Act:
Progress, Challenges, Opportunities

The National Research Council of the National Academies been conducting an evaluation of the implementation of the Clean Water Act in protecting and restoring water quality along the entire length of the Mississippi River. This effort has involved a comprehensive analysis of the progress that has been made with respect to water quality in the Mississippi River, the range of water quality challenges that remain, and the opportunities to address those challenges in the framework of the Clean Water Act. David Dzombak has been involved with this effort from its inception in 2005, and is currently serving on an NRC committee that is working on specific aspects of recommendations from the initial committee effort which he chaired. He will provide an overview of the findings and recommendations of the comprehensive study, including the need for improved computational tools to enable data sharing and to encourage consistency in data collection methods and quality control.

David Dzombak is the Walter J. Blenko, Sr. Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. The emphasis of his research and teaching is in water quality engineering and environmental restoration. At Carnegie Mellon he is Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs for the College of Engineering, and Faculty Director of the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research. Dr. Dzombak received his Ph.D. in Civil-Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986. He also holds an M.S. in Civil-Environmental Engineering (1981), a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (1980), and a B.A. in Mathematics from Saint Vincent College (1980). He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, a Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

"Endocrine Disruption: An Overview of the History"

John McLachlan
Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Tulane University, New Orleans

Thursday, February 18, 2010
4:30 pm
Porter Hall 100 (Gregg Hall)

"Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Plastic: The Conflict over Safety between Scientists and Government Regulatory Agencies"

Frederick vom Saal
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
4:30 pm
Porter Hall 100 (Gregg Hall)

"Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability: Design as Catalyser of Diffuse Creativity for Sustainable Changes"

Ezio Manzini
Professor, Design and Innovation for Sustainability, Milan Polytechnic University, Italy

Wednesday, February 3, 2010
4:30 pm
Baker Hall A51 (Giant Eagle Auditorium)

"What is the city's vision for transportation in the next 20 years? How Pittsburgh can be a hub for the region's economic expansion."

Transportation Panel
Friday, January 22, 2010
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Hamburg Hall 1000, H. John Heinz III College, School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave, Oakland

The purpose of this panel is to engage a combination of local politicians, advocacy organizations and community stakeholders in a discussion on how transportation can be an integral part of the region’s future growth, how transportation can positively benefit the many stakeholders involved and how we can work together to achieve our goals. The moderator of the panel will be Allen Kukovich, Director of the Power of 32 Regional Visioning Project and former PA State Senator.

Panelists will include:

  • Rep. Chelsa Wagner – PA State House, 22nd District
  • Patrick Roberts – Principal Transportation Planner for the Pittsburgh Dept. of City Planning
  • Stephen Bland – CEO, Port Authority of Allegheny County
  • Councilman Bill Peduto – Pittsburgh City Council, District 8
  • Breen Masciotra – Director, Uptown Partners
  • Court Gould – Director, Sustainable Pittsburgh

Refreshments will be served following the panel. Funding for this event will come from a grant received by the Smart Growth Club from Union Pacific.


Senator Robert Casey Address at Carnegie Mellon

Friday, November 13, 2009
10:00am – Room 4401, Rashid Auditorium, Hillman Center

The Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research is pleased to announce that it will host Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 13 for a major address on climate change and innovation in the Rashid Auditorium of the Hillman Center. With important climate and energy legislation pending before Congress, the Senator will outline his views on Pittsburgh's role as the United States responds to the challenges of climate change and seeks to achieve its goal of a clean energy economy.

The campus community is welcome to attend, but limited seating is available.
Please RSVP to Victoria Poprocky at

Senator Casey's talk is sponsored by the Steinbrenner Institute for
Environmental Education and Research.

Is Water ‘The New Oil’?: The New Water Monopolies and the World’s Poor

Karen Piper
University of Missouri-Columbia

Monday, November 9, 2009
4:30pm – Porter 100, Gregg Hall

The world's water supplies are gradually being bought up by a handful of multinational companies, including Suez, Vivendi, and Bechtel.  These companies, in turn, are supported by World Bank policies that force poorer countries to privatize their water supplies. Piper will look at the consequences of water privatization today, sharing her research in India and South Africa and exploring the stark disparity between World Bank rhetoricand conditions on the ground, or what cartographers call "ground truth."Facing either water cut-offs or being flooded out, local people have taken drastic measures to gain access to the media or to simply continue their water supply and survive, including attempted mass drowning, extended fasts, monkey-wrenching, and riots. Piper will look at the way in which these forms of resistance are changing the shape of development discourse today and shedding light on the gap between "development" and "disaster."

"Why People Don't Want to Share Rides and What We Might Do To Change

Jim Morris - Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley

Lorrie Cranor - Institute for Software Research & Dept. of Engineering & Public Policy

Kursat Ozenc - School of Design

Friday, November 6, 2009
3:00pm – Rashid Auditorium, Gates & Hillman 4401

On average, it takes people 30-40 minutes each way to travel to work in the US, and the vast majority of them travel in a single-occupant car. The goal of this project is to understand both the positive and negative aspects of commuting, and to design a ridesharing service concept that will leverage technology to overcome obstacles that such services have traditionally encountered. We conducted semi-structured interviews with thirty commuters in the Carnegie Mellon University community, including solo drivers, carpoolers and bus riders. We observed that convenience, cost, commute time, and personal preferences motivate commuting choices. Once commuters establish a routine, they tend to continue commuting using their chosen method. We followed up with an online survey on commuting choice and collected responses from 240 participants. We found our previously observed motivations remained significant in the larger population. However, we observed that people who most valued convenience and flexibility tended to be least motivated by cost. We did not find a significant correlation between commuting preference and standard personality types. People characterize their best commute times when they are experiencing "me-time," "traffic-free time," or "routine and ritual time." Based on our interview and survey results and literature review, we developed 13 ride sharing service concepts and tested them in a series of focus groups. We refined the most popular concepts and developed a paper prototype that we are currently testing in a laboratory study. In this presentation we will discuss the motivation for this project and detail our findings to date.

Great Decisions webcast: Global Food

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
6:00-8:00pm, Giant Eagle Auditorium (BHA51)

As food supplies drop and prices rise how will the world react?

Global prices for food staples have risen dramatically, resulting in a number of serious protests and unrest around the world. What factors are driving prices up, and can they be tamed? What will the political fallout be for governments that fail to act, and what role can global institutions play?

Great Decisions, part of the Passport to Global Awareness course, is webcast by the World Affairs Council. For more information on Great Decisions 2009 - Discussion Groups, please visit the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh website.

The Vertical Farm: Agriculture for the 21st Century and Beyond

Dickson Despommier
Columbia University

Thursday, October 22, 2009
4:30pm – Porter 100, Gregg Hall

Customizing Commute Ecology: a community-empowered road for electric vehicles

Illah Nourbakhsh
Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, October 9, 2009
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM, Rashid Auditorium, 4401 Gates Hillman Complex

While the auto industry continues to make incremental progress toward competitive electric vehicles, we pose a strategic question: can we effect disruptive change in the economics of electric vehicles by improving the systems-level interaction of a vehicle with each unique commuter?  This talk will motivate and describe ChargeCar, a new CREATE Lab project that combines direct community engagement with a hybrid supercapacitor-battery energy management system to increase EV efficiency while decreasing battery duty.  We will describe a prototype hybrid system, a national urban commute warehousing program, a local economic development strategy, and early analytical results based on energy models and actual commute data.  Following the talk and discussion we will offer rides in an electric car at the Gates Highbay!

"The Global Environmental Impact of the United States in Peace and War"

Prof. Richard Tucker, University of Michigan

Thursday, October 8, 2009
4:30pm, Porter Hall 100, Gregg Auditorium

In the twentieth century a major driving force for global environmental deterioration was the vast reach of the American economy, in its worldwide search for natural resources. Throughout history empires (whether political/military or economic) have captured distant natural resources, domesticating distant ecosystems.The American empire has been no exception, but it has been the most momentous of them all (though China's new global surge may soon surpass it). In the peacetime economy, American investors and their local collaborators have transformed ecosystems throughout Latin America and across the Pacific into Southeast Asia, to produce agricultural crops, timber products and minerals for export. American consumers have provided the largest market for these products. We are only beginning to recognize the global ecological consequences of corporate enterprise and consumer culture. We have paid even less attention to the international impact of the United States military's demands for resources (timber, minerals, and petroleum) for use in wartime and for maintaining the world's most far-flung military establishment in peacetime, especially during the Cold War.

Richard Tucker is Adjunct Professor of Environmental History in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan.

Overview of Wind Energy Technology and Future Challenges

Joint Seminar - Department of Mechanical Engineering, Steinbrenner Institute, Robotics Institute

Dr. Patrick Moriarty
National Wind Technology Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Friday, October 2, 2009

10:00 am - 10:30 am Refreshments in Scaife Lobby
10:30 am - 11:30 am Seminar in Wean Hall 7500

Global Warming: Doing What the Planet Needs
in Washington, Copenhagen, Pittsburgh and Tropical Forests

Douglas Boucher, Union of Concerned Scientists
Thursday, September 10, 2009
4:30pm, Porter 100, Gregg Hall

Eco-Fabulous Open House & BBQ

Friday, August 21, 2009
4:00pm-6:00 pm
Carnegie Mellon University, Solar Decathlon House located in the Donner Dell
Join an eclectic array of campus community members, academic and student organizations as we welcome new graduate and undergraduate students to Carnegie Mellon's Eco-Fabulous community.  At this "informal cook-out" you will learn more about environmental leadership opportunities, upcoming events, and share ideas about how we can make Carnegie Mellon an even more sustainable university.
We encourage all faculty and staff members, their families and members of the Pittsburgh environmental community to attend.  RSVP is not required, but we would love to know if you are able to come to our event.  Please contact Daisy Wang (President of Sustainable Earth) at or M. Shernell Smith (Student Affairs) at or call 412.268.2075 for more information.


Distinguished Lecture Series in Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy

Spring 2009

Supported by the Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure, Inc. and the Office of the Vice Provost for Education, Carnegie Mellon University

Hosted by the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research


James E. Rogers, Chairman, President and CEO
Duke Energy
Charlotte, North Carolina

“Doing business in a way that is good for people, the planet, and profits”
Thursday, February 26, 2009
4:30pm -- Adamson Wing Auditorium, 136A Baker Hall


William A. Wallace, Founder and President
Wallace Futures Group
Steamboat Springs, Colorado

“Sustainability: the tipping point”
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
4:30pm -- Adamson Wing Auditorium, 136A Baker Hall


James E. Rohr, Chairman, President and CEO
PNC Bank
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“Thinking green: How PNC applies sustainability to create value for stakeholders”
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
4:30pm -- Adamson Wing Auditorium, 136A Baker Hall



September 20, 2008 (Duquesne University) -- Rachel Carson Legacy Conference - Green Chemistry: Solutions for a Healthy Economy

This gathering of leaders in green chemistry, health, environmental and medical research, and industrial research and applications will focus on Economic Development, Informed Consumers, Better Regulatory Tools and a Health Future. 

CARNEGIE MELLON STUDENTS - your registration fee will be covered by Carnegie Mellon.  Please contact  Cathy at



EESM Seminar Series

Fall 2008 - Fridays 3:30pm - Scaife Hall 125 (unless otherwise noted)

8/29 Dept Seminar: Dr. Jim Garrett, Department Head, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, “Welcome to the Department”
9/5 Dr. George Guthrie, DOE NETL “A National Plan for Assessing the Risks of
Engineered Geologic Storage of CO2”.
9/12 Dr. Aaron Mitchell, Professor, Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University
9/19 Ms. Brenda Smith, Executive Director, Nine Mile Run Watershed Association
9/26 Dept Seminar: Dr. John Crittenden, Arizona State University
10/3 Erin Copeland, Restoration Ecologist, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
10/10 Dr. Natalie Pekney, Research Scientist, DOE NETL
10/17 Mid Semester Break, No Seminar
10/24 Dr. E. Joseph Duckett, Ph.D., PE, Director of Environmental Engineering, SNCLavalin
America, Inc.
10/31 Dept Seminar: Dr. Brad Allenby, Arizona State University
11/7 Dr. Richard H. Shertzer. Chief, Division of Water Quality Standards, Bureau of
Water Standards and Facility Regulation, PA Department of Environmental Protection
11/14 Dept Seminar: Dr. Mike Williams, Senior Vice President and Chief Information
Officer, Parsons Brinkerhof
11/19 WEDNESDAY! AEESP Lecture at PITT: Dr. Tony Fane, Professor, University of
New South Wales.
11/21 – no seminar due to AEESP on 11/19
12/5 Dr. Willie Harper, Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering, University of

Preview of "Invented, Engineered & Pioneered in Pittsburgh!": A Film by Rick Sebak

April 9, 2008
Doherty Hall 2210

Get a sneak peak of the latest Rick Sebak/WQED documentary before it airs! Co-sponsored by the Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania. 

Campus Conversation and Deliberative Poll on Climate Change

April 23, 2008
Carnegie Mellon

The issue of Climate Change is probably one of the most important and at the same time contentious issues facing us today. Its complexity is partly due to the fact that it involves both science and public policy and each area can be challenging. In this deliberative poll participants will be provided with background materials that provide an overview of the science of climate change (its nature and causes) and policy questions relating to national, local and campus level responses to climate change.

During this deliberative poll participants will be able to discuss this issue with members of campus communities throughout the Pittsburgh region. In early May the results of this deliberation will be made available to campuses around the country. Visit for more information.


Corporations and Environmental Responsibility: An Immersion Course

March 28, 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
March 29, 9 AM to 10:20 PM
Carnegie Mellon 

For most current information visit the course web page.  

Tentative Course Schedule:

"The Challenges of Corporate Environmental Responsibility: Alcoa as a Case Study"
Robert Bear
Director of Environmental Affairs
Alcoa Inc.
March 29, Saturday 9 AM to 10:20 PM
"Culture, Consumption, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility"
John Hooker
T. Jerome Holleran Professor of Business Ethics and Social Responsibility; Professor of Operations Research
Tepper School of Business
"Business, the Law and Global Warming"
Dale Hershey
Associate Teaching Professor of Law
Tepper School of Business
March 29, Saturday Morning, 10:30 to Noon
"Business Innovation for Sustainability: Beyond Corporate Environmental Responsibility
Court Gould
Executive Director
Sustainable Pittsburgh
March 29, Saturday Afternoon, 1 PM to 2:20 PM
James C. Murphy (invited)
Executive Director
International Business Ethics Institute
(formerly Associate Director of the Global Reporting Initiative)
March 29, Saturday Afternoon, 2:30 to 4:00
Mary Beth Buchanan (invited)
United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Steinbrenner Graduate Research Fellows Seminars

February 15
February 22
March 21 
3:30 PM 
Baker-Porter A18B 
Free and Open to the public

The three 2007 Steinbrenner Institute Graduate Research Fellows will present their research on the following days:

February 15th-Heather Wakeley, “Alternative Transportation Fuels: Infrastructure Requirements and Environmental Impacts for Hydrogen and Ethanol.”  

February 22nd-Anny Huang, “Life Cycle Energy and Environmental Impacts of Extended Product Responsibility Policy.” 

March 21st-Yan Xu, “Development of Novel Contaminant Source Tracking with Molecular Microbiology.”

To learn more about the Steinbrenner Institute Fellows' research click here

Tepper's NET-IMPACT hosts Sarosh Kumana on Sustainable Business Practices

Monday, March 17, 2008
Tepper, Posner 152
RSVP to Brian Lappin,
Contact Honora Burnett with questions, 

Sarosh Kumana (MSIA 1977) will talk about sustainability as a business issue, profitable winners and losers, and venture capital investment in clean technology. Lunch will be served with an RSVP. 


NACAC College Fair 

March 6 & 7, 2008
David Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, PA

The Steinbrenner Insitute hosts an "Engineering Your Life" booth at the event to introduce high school students to careers in environmental engineering.

Environmental Lectures

Tuesday, April 29th / 5:00pm – Connan Room, University Center / Judy Wicks, The White Dog Café, Philadelphia, PA / Local Living Economies: Green, Fair and Fun

Monday, April 7th /  4:30pm – Adamson Wing, 136A Baker Hall / John G. Craig, Jr. Former Editor, Pittsburgh Post Gazette AND Paul O’Neill, Former Secretary of the Treasury and Former CEO, Alcoa / Benchmarking the Real Pittsburgh / Sponsored by the Distinguished Lecture Series in Environmental Science, Technology and Policy

Tuesday, April 8th / 4:30pm – Rangos 1, University Center / John B. Carberry, Environmental Technology, E.I. DuPont / Sustainable Industry in a Changing Society / Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer

Thursday, March 20th / 4:30pm – Adamson Wing, 136A Baker Hall / P. Aarne Vesilind, Professor Emeritus, Bucknell University / There is No Such Thing as Environmental Ethics

Monday, March 24th / 4:30pm – Adamson Wing, 136A Baker Hall / David Epel, Stanford University / Newly Appreciated Roles of Efflux Transporters in Environmental Pollution and Environmental Policy

Monday, March 24th / 5:00pm – McConomy Auditorium, University Center / Kenneth Warren, Lakewood Public Library System, Cleveland, OH / How Green Does Your Garden Grow: Assessing Community Capacity and Aligning Local Instigations

Monday, March 31st 4:30pm – Adamson Wing, 136A Baker Hall / Elizabeth W. Jones, Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon / Journeys: Making it Up as I (We) Went Along

Tuesday, January 29th / 5:00pm – Connan Room, University Center / James Quilligan, Centre for Global Negotiations, Philadelphia, PA / Convention on the Global Commons

Monday, February 4th 4:30pm – Rangos 1 & 2, University Center / Jared L. Cohon, President, Carnegie Mellon / Journeys: The Accidental President

Monday, February 18th / 4:30pm – Adamson Wing, 136A Baker Hall / Lou Guillette, Department of Zoology, University of Florida / Contaminants and the Developing Reproductive System: Lessons from Wildlife / Sponsored by the Distinguished Lecture Series in Environmental Science, Technology and Policy

Tuesday, February 26th / 5:00pm – Rangos 3, University Center / Michael Shuman, Author of The Small-Mart Revolution / Saving the World by Eating Locally: The Small-Mart Revolution

Monday, March 3rd / 4:30pm – Adamson Wing, 136A Baker Hall / Arlene Blum, UC Berkeley / The Fire Retardant Dilemma: Balancing Fire Prevention, Human Health, and Environmental Protection

The Heinz School for Public Policy and Mangement presents: Dr. Joseph Aldy, "Temperature Shocks, Energy Prices, and U.S. Mortality: An Assessment of the Health Impacts of Climate Change."

Monday, February 25, 2008
Carnegie Mellon University 
Hamburg Hall 1502

Abstract: We integrate economic and epidemiological modeling tools to assess the joint effects of temperature and energy prices on elderly mortality.  We use panel data econometric techniques to examine the effects of energy prices on the temperature-mortality relationship for the over-64 population in cities throughout the continental US. We find evidence that higher energy prices exacerbate the effects of temperature shocks. Annually, cold effects are larger than the impacts of heat waves, and the effects are more pronounced for low-income populations and those subject to the highest energy prices.  We show the effect of these results in simulations of global climate change.

Women Engineering the Future

February 16, 2008 
Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh
Presentations at 11 am and 1 pm
$8 per Girl Scout; one chaperone admitted free for every 10 Girl Scouts
Reservations are required. Call 412.237.3410. 

The Steinbrenner Insitute is proud to support the National Engineers Week at the Carnegie Science Center. The Science Center has exciting, science-packed experiences for girls with a variety of interests. Girls’ futures depend on meaningful, challenging, fun engagement with scientific principles and applications. By connecting science to everyday life and providing stimulating opportunities for girls to investigate scientific principles and careers, Carnegie Science Center shows girls that science is creative and exciting. Earn a special patch by attending this special presentation by the Society of Women Engineers, just for Girl Scouts. Learn about engineering projects that preserve the environment and how women engineers are making a difference in our region. This program includes the patch, presentation and admission to Carnegie Science Center’s main building during Engineer the Future, our annual National Engineers Week celebration, featuring more than 50 additional hands-on engineering activities. Click here for more information. Click here for a brochure about how students can make a difference in the environment!



Jared L. Cohon, President, Carnegie Mellon / Journeys: The Accidental President

Monday, February 4, 2008
4:30pm – Rangos 1 & 2, University Center
Open to the public

Dr. Jared Cohon will discuss his path to becoming Carnegie Mellon's President. Click here for the event poster with more information.


Focus the Nation

January 30-February 1
Carnegie Mellon & University of Pittsburgh         

Focus the Nation is an educational initiative on global warming solutions for America occurring at more than 1,000 universities and colleges across the country. Please see a schedule of events below, sponsored in part by Carnegie Mellon and the Steinbrenner Institute. Download a flyer with the Carnegie Mellon sponsored events. Please visit for more information about the national project. Read an article about the events in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

         Climate Change 101 Keynote Address and "2% Solution" Screening / January 30 / 7:30 PM keynote / 8:00 PM Screening / Location Doherty Hall RM 2210 / Climate change expert Granger Morgan introduces the "2% Solution" web cast co-produced by the National Wildlife Federation and aired by the Earth Day Network, kicking off a discussion about global warming solutions for America. Panelists for the 2% Solution include celebrity and clean energy advocate Edward Norton; Stanford climate scientist Steve Schneider; Hunter Lovins, CEO of Natural Capitalism; and environmental justice leader Van Jones, executive director of the Ella Baker Center in Oakland, California. Miss the webcast? View it here.

        Teach In at Carnegie Mellon / January 31 / 9-5:30 PM / University Center / Carnegie Mellon will host a day of events focusing the community on solutions to global warming for America, including panel presentations by dozens of University and local sustainability leaders. Session topics include, "All Your Climate Science Questions Answered," practical tips for a "low-carbon" lifestyle, the latest developments in solar technology, what a changing climate will mean for Pennsylvania and much more. Download the agenda.

        Green Democracy Political Forum at the University of Pittsburgh / February 1 / 2-4:00 PM / University of Pittsburgh, David Lawrence Hall, Rm 120 / The University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, La Roche College, Duquesne University, and Chatham University have invited city, county, state, and national civic leaders to engage in a Green Democracy political forum. Student representatives will open the forum, featuring Representative Mike Doyle and Councilman Bill Peduto with statements about what each campus is doing to address climate change. Civic leaders will then speak about their commitments to combat climate change. 

Recyclemania 2008 Tip Off 

 January 28
 Carnegie Mellon, University Center
 9 AM-4 PM

 Participate in this year's tip-off event for Recyclemania 2008 by lobbing your cans and plastic bottles into a recycling basket. Win a small prize for each can or bottle you recycle. Sponsored by Green Practices. For more information visit


MLK Day Community Conversation: Environmental Justice - Is It Working In Pittsburgh?
January 21
Carnegie Mellon, University Center, McConomy  Auditorium
2:30-4:00 PM

Moderator: Dr. Peter Madsen, Distinguished Service Professor for Ethics and Social Responsibility, Carnegie Mellon University
Panelists: Court Gould, Executive Director of Sustainable Pittsburgh; Dr. Stephen B. Thomas, Director, Center for Minority Health and Philip Hallen Professor of Community Health and Social Justice, Graduate School of Public Health University of Pittsburgh; Khari Mosley, Campaign Director for Pittsburgh UNITED (regional policy action center) and former PA State Director for the League of Young Voters and the League of Young Voters Education Fund



 Power Shift 2007

November 2-5, 2007
University of Maryland at College Park

The Steinbrenner Institute supported a Carnegie Mellon student group who traveled to this national youth summit on the climate crisis. Student Alicia Marrie reported that with the Steinbrenner Institute's help Carnegie Mellon was able to send 17 students to be part of the 5,500 students who attended Power Shift. "It was great to see that many student activists gathered in one place to discuss solutions to global climate change," Marrie said. 

 Visit the Power Shift website for more information and look for a more detailed account of the Carnegie Mellon trip in the upcoming winter Steinbrenner Institute newsletter.

 Solar Decathlon Homecoming

November 2, 2007
Carnegie Mellon University
College of Fine Arts Great Hall
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Open to Carnegie Mellon Faculty and Students

The Steinbrenner Institute in partnership with the College of Fine Arts and the School of Architecture hosted a 'Welcome Back' party for our Solar Decathlon team. Help us congratulate the team for their tireless efforts and applaud their commitment to Carnegie Mellon.

The Carnegie Mellon Solar Decathlon team worked for 20 months to design and build the 'TriPod' solar house as our entry in the DOE-sponsored Solar Decathlon competition. The competition concluded on Oct 19 in Washington, where the houses were on public display to estimated crowds of 250,000 visitors and were subjected to various performance tests and architectural assessments over the previous week.  It was a wonderful example of interdisciplinary teamwork, and we are all very proud of them.

Homecoming 2007: Campus Wide Environmental Issues

October 27, 2007 
Carnegie Mellon University
7:30-8:15 AM
Open to Carnegie Mellon Alumni 

Please join Professor David Dzombak, E’80, ’81, Faculty Director of the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research (SEER), for a continental breakfast and informal discussion on how Carnegie Mellon is leading the way in finding practical solutions to tough, world-wide environmental challenges.

Homecoming 2007: Carnegie Mellon Tackles Global Climate Change

October 27, 2007 
Carnegie Mellon University
8:30-9:45 AM
Open to Carnegie Mellon Alumni 

Sponsored by the Class of 1957 and the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research (SEER)
Global climate change is real and consequences are quite disturbing. Carnegie Mellon researchers can make the complex subject understandable while working on complex technical and policy-related solutions. We are all contributors to the solution and this discussion will leave you with suggestions on how you can help to mitigate the problem.

Dr. Marilyn Bracken (MM’57), President and General Manager of Bracken Associates LLC.

Panelists: SEER Faculty -
Dr. Lester Lave, Harry B. and James H. Higgins Professor of Economics and University Professor, Director, Carnegie Mellon Green Design Initiative; Co-Director, Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center
Dr. M. Granger Morgan, Department Head of the Engineering and Public Policy program (EPP),
Dr. Edward Rubin, Alumni Professor of Environmental Engineering and Science, and Professor in EPP and Mechanical Engineering.

Professor Rubin's Presentation

Professor Lave's Presentation

Professor Morgan's Presentation 

Media Bootcamp: Harnessing the New Web – How Online Reporting Is Changing the Media   

October 24, 2007
Carnegie Mellon University
Singleton Room, Roberts Hall of Engineering
11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Open to Carnegie Mellon Faculty and Students 

Carnegie Mellon’s Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research and the College of Engineering will host five journalists at a special media panel designed to help faculty and researchers better understand how the media use online reporting tools to cover news. The dizzying array of new online Internet choices has the potential to overwhelm casual Web users and time-strapped workers alike. Our panel of national editors and reporters will share important insights into how they harness the ubiquitous Net. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Meredith Meyer Grelli,

Panel Participants:

Pradeep K. Khosla
Dean/Carnegie Mellon’s College of  Engineering

James R. Hagerty
The Wall Street Journal

John Bryne
Executive Editor
Business Week

Todd Woody
News Editor
Fortune Magazine

Seth Bauer
Editorial Director
National Geographic’s Green Guide

Jennifer C. Yates
Associated Press
Bureau Chief

Reclaming Vacant Properties Conference

Pittsburgh, PA
September 24 & 25, 2007

Reclaiming Vacant Properties: Strategies for Rebuilding America’s Neighborhoods, sponsored by the National Vacant Properties Campaign, will be the first national conference focusing on helping realize the potential of vacant properties as community assets – highlighting strategies to ensure they benefit the residents, communities, and cities around them.

This two-day conference will bring together practitioners, policymakers, and concerned citizens from throughout the country to share model practices and problem solve. Don’t miss this opportunity to design new strategies to prevent and revitalize vacant properties, which will consequently improve public safety and health, and spur economic growth.  There will be over 30 different seminars to choose from, including mobile workshops that highlight many of Pittsburgh's most dynamic neighborhoods and initiatives.

Open to anybody committed to sharing and learning from experiences that make America’s neighborhoods stronger and healthier, including: community development professionals, public officials, civic leaders, local and state governmental staff, citizen activists, crime and safety professionals, the financial community, real estate professionals, academics, developers, planners, and others.

Reclaming Vacant Properties

First Annual Rachel Carson Legacy Conference: "Sustaining the Web of Life in Modern Society"

Pittsburgh, PA at Carnegie Mellon University
September 29

Keynote Speaker is Professor E. O. Wilson; sessions include: Global Warming; Perspectives on Health of Our Oceans; Environmenta Leadership & Changing the Way We Live.

Adults: $25, Students: $10

The Rachel Carson Homestead