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

STARS v2.2

Carnegie Mellon University
PRE-2: Points of Distinction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A Steve Guenther
University Engineer and Assistant Vice President of Facilities Management and Campus Services
Facilities Management Services
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Name of the institution’s featured sustainability program, initiative, or accomplishment:
The World's First Voluntary University Review of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

A brief description of the institution’s featured program, initiative, or accomplishment:
Carnegie Mellon University's commitment to equity, justice, and the environment is reflected in its Voluntary University Review (VUR) of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), released in September 2020, that catalogues activities by students, faculty, and staff to advance the SDGs. The VUR was a first-of-its-kind report.

"We recognize that sustainability goes beyond environmental topics to include critical issues of equity and inclusion," Provost and Chief Academic Officer James H. Garrett Jr. said. "By using the common language of the SDGs, we can link our education, research and practices to help shape a more sustainable and equitable future for all."

Carnegie Mellon is committed to the future of education and knowledge generation and is using the SDGs as guideposts. Its leadership in this realm is helping to advance collective action by universities through a number of networks related to sustainable development, including the University Global Coalition that includes higher education institutions working together and in partnership with the United Nations in support of the goals.

"This first-ever Voluntary University Review of the Sustainable Development Goals by CMU is as inspiring as it is inclusive and methodologically rigorous," said Kaysie Brown, vice president for policy and strategic initiatives at the UN Foundation. "It is a model that should excite and motivate other universities, educational centers, and students who are similarly dedicated to advancing sustainable development, climate action, and equitable environments and societies in the United States and globally."

Excerpts taken from CMU Completes Voluntary Review of Sustainable Development Goals
https://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2020/september/sustainable-development-goals-report.html

Which of the following impact areas does the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Curriculum
Research
Coordination & Planning

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STARS credit in which the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
IN-B

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Name of a second highlighted sustainability program/initiative/accomplishment:
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Name of a third highlighted program/initiative/accomplishment:
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