Through Commitment to Sustainability, Carnegie Mellon Community Envisions Future for All

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By Alexander Johnson

Committed to a sustainable future for all, Carnegie Mellon University’s students, faculty and staff incorporate sustainability into all levels of education, research and practices. Through efforts like its Sustainability Initiative, led by Alexandra Hiniker, CMU is among the foremost universities championing sustainability at the local, national and international level.

The university’s approach to sustainability is guided by the uniquely comprehensive framework for the international pursuit of global sustainability agreed to by all countries at the United Nations. At a macro scale, sustainability requires commitment to human health and well-being, economic stability and socioeconomic equality to make a better world for everyone.

The Sustainability Initiative uses these global standards for determining best practices, helping to demystify and broaden perceptions of sustainability and what it means for institutions and individuals.

This broader definition of sustainability is captured in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (or Global Goals) outlined by all countries at the United Nations and adopted by Carnegie Mellon in 2019 with the launch of the Sustainability Initiative by Provost James H. Garrett Jr. These goals are key to ensuring that issues related to social justice and economics are also addressed in sustainability efforts set by countries and institutions.

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