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UPCOMING EVENTS // CMU NEWS
Oct 1st - Innovation Palooza: Impact-a-Thon
12 - 4 PM Rangos
Engineers are in a position to make a positive impact on society, applying their engineering training to solving hard and challenging social problems. As part of Innovation Palooza '14, CMU students will be able to participate in an "Impact-a-Thon," an intense, fun, thought-provoking approach where engineers (potentially with others as part of a team) can apply their engineering know-how to find solutions to important problems. Who knows…maybe some of these ideas will be meaningful enough that they are developed further after the event!
Oct 4th - Pittsburgh Connections: Rock Climbing
Led by experienced guides from Exkursion Outfitters, we will hike a short distance over easy terrain to reach our climbing areas. Experienced guides will then teach us about equipment, safety, tying knots, how to rappel, belay and some climbing techniques. After the introduction, we’ll practice rappelling and then do a few different climbs. This outing is beginner friendly.
Cost: $15 per ticket, limit 1 per student.
Tickets on sale at the CUC Info Desk starting at 8:00am.
Oct 5th - Clean Air Dash
8:30 AM South Side’s Three Rivers Heritage Trail
Join us for the 2nd annual Clean Air Dash 5k on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the South Side’s Three Rivers Heritage Trail! Come celebrate the progress we’ve made as a community to clean up the air in our region and learn about the ways to keep fighting! This flat 5k race course is perfect for all ages and fitness levels so bring your whole family! The first 50 young people (age 18 and under) to register are FREE! Not ready for a whole 5k? There’s also a fun run/walk!
See the site for registration information.
Oct 8th - Exploring Free Trade
6:30 PM Carnegie Library – Homewood
October is Fair Trade Month and Co-op Month! Join us to learn more about both of these social and economic models and how they work hand in hand. After a brief history of the fair trade movement, Tim McGrail will highlight various co-ops that produce Equal Exchange products and discuss how fair trade has benefited their operations. Finally, we’ll explore how cooperative principles tie small farmers, Equal Exchange, and The East End Food Co-op together in an authentic fair trade supply chain.
Just call 412-242-3598 to reserve your spot!
Oct. 9th - Inspire Speakers Series: Dr. Antwi Akom and Grant Ervin
5 - 7 PM Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium at the Kaufmann Center
Dr. Antwi Akom a nationally recognized leader in environmental economics, youth development, and the sociology of poverty and education. His idea of creating “shareable cities” calls for designing our communities with everyone in mind. Grant Ervin is the Sustainability Manager for the City of Pittsburgh and he works to improve sustainability performance through city operations and policies. Grant and Antwi will inspiring discuss theories and ideas for creating the most livable places for all!
Oct 10th - Oakland Forever
3 PM Schenley Plaza
Oakland Forever attendees will enjoy live music, family and children's activities, science and technology exhibits, historical retrospectives, free admission to many of Oakland’s world-class cultural institutions and much more
TO WATCH OUT FOR
Oct 14 - A Deliberative Discussion on Climate Change in the Pittsburgh Region
Join the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research as we celebrate our 10th anniversary with a Deliberative Discussion on climate change, adaptation and resiliency in the Pittsburgh region. The event will feature local experts and informed discussion on the topic of climate change. Contact Erika for more details
Oct 15th - Two Weeks of Peace
Join us for an afternoon of activities celebrating the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi and his teachings!
Oct 28th - Salk Symposium on Sustainability 2014: Survival of the Wisest
8 AM - 6PM William Pitt Union Assembly Room
Join us for a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Jonas Salk's birth, showcasing his commitment to a sustainable human future. The program will be a look forward, addressing sustainability from a number of different perspectives with a focus on the environment, global health, and the human dimension of what will be required to bring about constructive change.
Click here to register.
Be a Campus Sustainability Leader: Apply for the CMU Garden Apprenticeship.
Support Student Sustainability Proposal
If you have ideas for sustainability initiatives on campus, Sustainable Earth is the place to bring those ideas to find others with interests, for co-development and execution support.
But, if you have ideas addressing a broader scope, you can take your proposals to the Climate CoLab, run by MIT. There, you might find others who are also interested in your idea, and if it's up during a contest period, your idea might get elevated to higher visibility and action.
Ben Towe, a Carnegie Mellon PhD student has a finalist entry in the Climate CoLab Energy Supply contest, and voting is now open in the 2014 contests; votes could make a difference and could ultimately help send a CMU representative to the CoLab conference.
"These kinds of platforms are my research interest, because I think we're going to need to find ways of effectively combining a large amount of distributed knowledge and creativity to be able to respond to challenges like climate change. I'd like to be able to go to the conference to formally learn more about the platform, participants, and what makes this work or not work, to help build up that body of knowledge." -Ben
The fact is that it's now possible to harness the collective intelligence of thousands of people all over the world at a scale and with a degree of collaboration that was never possible before. Ben's proposal to crowdfund up-front capital expenses for solar installations at qualified sites is doing just that.
Vote for it here
Steinbrenner Institute Newsletter
ENvironment at cmu overview
Energy and Waste Management
Demonstrate respect for nature and society, sustainability considerations are an integral part of planning, construction, renovation, and operation of buildings.
Ensure long-term sustainable campus development, campus-wide master planning and target-setting should include environmental and social goals.
Align the core mission with sustainable development, facilities, research, and education should be linked to create a living laboratory for sustainability.