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

STARS v2.2

Carnegie Mellon University
IN-20: Grounds Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Dawn Roerink
Assistant Director of Custodial & Grounds of FMCS
Facilities Management and Campus Services
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Does the institution own and/or manage land that is currently certified under the following programs? (at least one positive response required):
Yes or No
ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Yes
Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) No
Bee Campus USA No
Demeter Biodynamic No
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management standard No
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Green List Standard No
National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Program No
An Organic standard or Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) endorsed by IFOAM No
Salmon-Safe No
Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) No
Tree Campus USA (Arbor Day Foundation) Yes
An equivalent program approved by AASHE No

A brief description of the institution’s third party certified land holdings:
The entire campus has been registered as an Arboretum, with the size totaling 140 acres, consisting of over 2,000 trees representing 98 different species, and about 90 varieties of shrubs. Plant health is classified on a scale of 1 (superb) to 5 (dead); the average condition of trees on campus is 1.94. Members of the project are in the process of cataloging all of the ground covers, perennials and grasses on campus. The next step for CMU’s arboretum will be to install plant tags on all of the species.

In June 2019, Carnegie Mellon received an Arboretum Accreditation Level 1 from ArbNet, an international collaborative of professionals that assists arboreta in meeting environmental goals and raising environmental standards through the ArbNet accreditation program.


Since 2014, Carnegie Mellon has received annually the Tree Campus Higher Education designation from the Tree Campus Higher Education Program of the Arbor Day Foundation. This program assists colleges and universities in developing sustainable arboretums.


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