Going beyond the slogan of sustainability requires interdisciplinary analysis, problem solving and invention. At Carnegie Mellon, we are developing paths to an environmentally sustainable society, building on our interdisciplinary culture and our internationally recognized strengths in environmental technology, science and policy.
EVENTS THIS WEEK
Mar 7 - 9th - 6th Annual Kinks, Locks & Twists: Environmental and Reproductive Justice Conference™ 2014The Kinks, Locks and Twists Conference™ offers women of color and allies a unique space to explore the dynamic relationship between the health and well-being of our bodies, communities and the ecosystems in both a local and global context.
Visit kinkslockstwists.org for all details
Mar 10th - Extended Deadline for Sustainability & Wellness Houses
There has been extension of the deadline to apply for both the Sustainability& Wellness Houses. You have until Monday, March 10th. This community capitalizes on our students' concerns and passions for the environment and sustainability. This initiative works in collaboration with student organizations and campus and community environmental resources in order to enhance peer-to-peer learning about sustainability.
Mar 10th - Data Curation in Sciences and Social Sciences 3 - 4 PM Posner Center
Michael van den Bossche is a research associate in environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, and a candidate for placement at CMU as a CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences (2014-2016). Hosted by CMU Libraries
Mar 13th - Inspire Speaker Series: Urban Acupuncture Redefining Community Vitality 5:00 - 8:00 PM Phipps Conservatory
Bob Berkebile’s goal is to integrate social, environmental, and economic vitality. This green building legend helped develop both LEED and the Living Building Challenge (LBC), and also created the first building to achieve both LEED Platinum and LBC certifications. At March’s Inspire Speakers Series, Bob will share his vision of Urban Acupuncture. “In this critical time for America, the human family, and the planet, can urban acupuncture provide the ‘new manner of thinking’ Einstein was requesting, and become the catalyst for community vitality and resilience?”
Mar 17th - Architecture Lecture Series: 'By Nature - Architecture in Dialogue' 6:30 PM Kresge
EIKE ROSWAG is principle of Ziegert Roswag Seiler Architekten Ingenieurebased in Berlin. Roswag strives to generate environmentally conscious building projects using earth, bamboo and timber. His emphasis on participative process forges concepts, which are appropriately grounded within their own specific cultural & technical contexts.
Mar 18th - Farmers Market: indoor Chef's Table feature Resnik
Enjoy fresh local produce and artisan foods, free samples, chef demos, recipes local featured items on the menus at CulinArt location on campus.
Mar 20th - Hunt Institute: "Duets" Exhibition Opening Reception 5:00 - 7:00 PM Hunt Library
As with duets in music, this exhibition creates new, harmonious couplings of botanical art with items created between the 16th and 21st centuries from the Hunt Institute collections. The subjects of these pairings explore the parallels between works created for numerous botanical applications.
Mar 20th - Biophilia: Connecting Children to Real Food 5:30 PM Phipps
In today’s fast-paced food culture, kids are increasingly exposed to processed, junk and fast foods, including relentlessly marketed sugary cereals. At this meetup, guest speaker Kelsey Weisgerber will examine the importance of taking pause and connecting families back to the roots of real food through gardening, cooking and learning. She will also share tactics and stories from her efforts to strengthen kids' connections to the food they eat and the systems that support healthy and natural nutrition choices.
Meetings are free to attend; advance RSVP is required. To RSVP, please contact email@example.com
Mar 21 - 22nd - 8th Annual Farm to Table, Local Food in Pittsburgh Conference
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
The conference provides consumers with two days of networking and educational opportunities. Hands-on cooking demonstrations, gardening and information about nutrition and health are available. The conference provides consumers with ideas and information about where their food comes from and where to find businesses and organizations who can provide them with healthy food and healthy lifestyle choices.
Mar 23 & 30th - Mental Health First Aid Training
both days 1-5 PM Mudge House Dining Room
As part of the Enhancing Campus Culture initiatives, we have decided to offer an eight hour Mental Health First Aid Training program at CMU. Mental Health First Aid is an international program. Participants who are invested in the eight hour program will receive a certification in MHFA. The event is open to all CMU faculty, students, and staff and is free of charge. The training will be broken into two days:
You can register here: http://bit.ly/1mKzUPf
Mar 27th - "The Water-Energy Nexus: Conservation, Innovative Technologies, and Practical Solutions"
8:30 AM - 3 PM Phipps
As part of the 6th Annual Sustainability Conference the Green Workplace Challenge, a program of Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Champions for Sustainability, joins the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Pittsburgh Section and the Environmental, Water, and Resources Institute (EWRI) for a full-day event that explores the connections between energy use and water use, with emphasis on conservation, savings, and new technologies. Newly-elected Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto will be the keynote speaker.
More information and registration available at www.gwcpgh.org
Apr 1st - Heinz Distinguished Lecture Series - Sleeping Naked and Showering in the Dark: The Fun Path to Green Living 4:30 - 6 PM William Pitt Union Ballroom
MCSI’s 2014 lecture will be presented by eco-blogger Vanessa Farquharson, who made one change in her life each day for a year, aiming to add up to something big. Details and registration, http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/MCSI/heinzlecture/ The event will be followed by a cocktail reception.
Apr 8th - ChemE Seminar: About Natural Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing 10:45 AM DH 1112
Gregory M. Martin will discuss how natural gas plays an important part in supporting the American quality of life, manufacturing, and our economy. Natural gas has and will continue to play a key role in ensuring that the US will be able to meet our energy needs. However, it is also at the center of current policy debates on energy security and environmental issues.
Apr 10 - 12th - South Side Green Infrastructure Charrete
The event will bring together the region’s most creative design and environmental professionals to design a green link along 21st St, a 12-block corridor that connects South Side Park to the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. The goal of the charrette is to create a demonstration of green infrastructure and green street strategies that can reliably remove stormwater from the region’s overburdened sewer system, improve transportation corridors for all users, and serve as a template for green streets and community green space in Pittsburgh neighborhoods.
CMU Participates in Recyclemania and Campus Conservation Nationals
RecycleMania is an ongoing, 10-week long, friendly competition between colleges and universities nationwide. Each school registered reports on their waste and recycling practices in different categories to rank themselves among other participating peer institutions. . At, CMU, we have everything it takes to come out on top. It just requires a little from the campus community.
Last year Carnegie Mellon reduced 157 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent, or 31 cars off the road, or the energy consumption of 14 households. That is a great amount, but only a fraction of what can be achieved if we all work together to reduce waste and recycle.
See the university standings here: http://www.cmu.edu/environment/recycling-waste/recycle-mania.html
Campus Conservation Nationals is the largest electricity and water reduction competition program for colleges and universities in the world. It is an opportunity to challenge students and staff to have an immediate and lasting impact on the school’s carbon emissions and campus culture.
Twelve buildings have been included in the contest that will run from February 3rd to the 24th: Boss, Doherty Apts, Donner, Hamerschlag, Henderson, Margaret Morrison Apts, McGill, Mudge, Scobell, Shirley, Stever, and Welch House. Each house will have its electricity use measured to see who can save the most. It's that simple!
You can see the live data here: http://www.cmu.edu/environment/feature-stories/feature-green-practices.html or here: http://buildingdashboard.net/cmu/#/cmu
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.