SEE THIS COLLABORATIVE VISUALIZATION IN PERSON IN THE TEPPER QUAD

Every time someone on campus uses a reusable mug, another data point shape appears in real time.

The Carnegie Mellon University community has a toxic throw-away culture that is terrible for the environment.

Every week, the CMU community uses over 3,000 disposable coffee cups for caffeinated beverages. The amount of waste from disposable coffee cups generated on campus would take 3000 years to decompose. If such a sizable impact is caused by a week’s worth of consumption, imagine what would happen if the university’s toxic throw-a-way culture continues.

The New Norm is an initiative that helps community members visualize the collective effort individuals are taking to reduce their waste footprint in real time. Every time someone on campus makes the decision to opt for reusable beverage containers, a new data point appears. Change starts today. Help transform lifestyles and become a part of The New Norm.