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

STARS v2.2

Carnegie Mellon University
IN-50: Innovation D

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Steve Guenther
University Engineer and Assistant Vice President of Facilities Management and Campus Services
Facilities Management Services
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
CMU Sustainability Initiative

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:
Carnegie Mellon's Sustainability Initiative is building upon two decades of an engaged effort in support of the broader definition of sustainability afforded by the world's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), also known as the Global Goals. The initiative is organized around objectives that strengthen CMU’s commitment to sustainability; elevate Carnegie Mellon’s engagement with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a shared blueprint for sustainability adopted by countries, cities and universities such as ours; and improves coordination of our sustainability education, research, and practices among CMU students, faculty, staff and local community members. This initiative’s efforts are led by a standing steering committee, reporting to CMU's Provost and Chief Academic Officer, James Garrett. A newly-formed standing Sustainability Advisory Council, a group of CMU scholars, administrators, staff and students, will also provide counsel to the steering committee and the Provost on opportunities that exist regarding Carnegie Mellon’s goals for sustainability education, research and practice within the framework of the SDGs. These six commitments are the basis of the Sustainability Initiative and will advance CMU toward these globally-focused SGDs over the next 10 years: We commit to educate CMU students around the world about the SDGs, recognizing that this framework applies to all of us and represents a special opportunity to create a more peaceful, prosperous, planet with just and inclusive societies. We commit to help solve pressing problems brought to light by the SDG framework, by acting boldly, taking risks, and applying creativity. We commit to do this work collaboratively, an approach deeply embedded in our university culture. We commit that through education, research, partnerships and operational activities, we will demonstrate advancement of the SDGs at CMU. We commit to create a Voluntary University Review of work being done at CMU and will report these findings in New York as the UN General Assembly meets next year. We therefore commit to do more to align our work with the SDGs and build on the good work already done by CMU faculty, students, staff and alumni – whether focused on mitigating climate change, eliminating food waste, reducing violence or ending human trafficking.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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