Carnegie Mellon University
History and Mission

The Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research seeks to change the way the world thinks and acts about the environment.

Research and education on the environment has been in the past three strategic plans of Carnegie Mellon University. Based on a 2002 Subcommittee Report, the Trustees of CMU recommended that:

"The goal of environmental work at CMU should be to change the ways the world thinks and acts about the environment, through our educational and research methods and results, through the issues we raise, and through the outcomes we produce."

The Steinbrenner Institute was established in 2004 with the generous support of Lowell and Jan Steinbrenner to help realize this goal.

Mission of the Steinbrenner Institute

  • Facilitate connections and coordinate new research initiatives
  • Promote and help build the strengths of our environmental research centers
  • Support development of educational materials to build climate fluency across CMU's educational units
  • Advance emerging and interdisciplinary interests in environmental education and research

The Steinbrenner Institute promotes the university's core academic strengths and advances emerging interests to identify and create research and education opportunities for our faculty and students; across all schools and majors. CMU is uniquely positioned by its industrial heritage, its interdisciplinary culture, and its experience in engaging with regional, national, and international organizations to continue to make innovative contributions to a better environmental future.

The Steinbrenner Institute works to enhance and accelerate environmental education and research efforts at CMU, and will be happy to find a way for you or your organization to join us!