Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.90
Liaison Deborah Steinberg
Submission Date Dec. 6, 2021

STARS v2.2

Carnegie Mellon University
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Alexandra Hiniker
Executive Fellow for Sustainability Initiatives
Provost Office Operations
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Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that is one week or more in length?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution:
CMU's Urban Design Build Studio (UDBS) is a collaborative of students, professors, and allied professionals who work with community residents on implementation of appropriate, affordable, replicable design solutions.

Since 2008, the UDBS has worked on real projects, bringing university students off campus to be inspired by people who are actively advocating for their communities. Project development is dependent on the engagement of local residents, clients, and stakeholders to help students understand existing neighborhood conditions and future aspirations.

A recent project focus of the UDBS had the following design objectives: use vernacular strategies for the passive control of air, light and water; demonstrate what can be done with reused/recycled materials; and employ construction strategies that could be completed by people with knowledge bases and skills still in development.

Website URL where information about the institution’s immersive education programs is available:
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