Carnegie Mellon University
Find out more! What do these numbers mean? Are you doing well? What can you do to improve?


Goal

C.E.T. is designed so that the students at Carnegie Mellon University can not only gain an awareness of the trend towards greener lifestyle, but also create a virtual interactivity where students can access their personal energy usage information and help create a greener community together.


Data and Interpretation

The C.E.T would be able to individually monitor and record the power usage on a room by room basis, as well as providing information on power usage by floor, building, or by campus. The data on the website comes from the multitude of meters that have been installed and configured on campus. The data you can access on the tracker has been categorized by room. You can further group the data by month, week, or day to aid readability. The meters that have been installed measure the power usage of each room in kilowatt-hours. These are units of energy that are defined as the equivalent of using one power at a rate of one kilowatt for the period of one hour. These are the units that power companies use to measure your power usage to calculate your monthly bill.


CMU Housing
CMU's housing is for the large part, located directly on campus. Exceptions to this general rule are, The Residence on Fifth and several of the apartment buildings associated with the housing system.

From the university housing site: "Carnegie Mellon University offers a wide variety of housing options, including traditional residence hall rooms, apartments, suites and even full houses. Some buildings are designated exclusively for first-year students, some are primarily upper-class and some are a mix of first-year and upper-class students. Check out the building locations in our campus map."

"University housing is available on-campus and in our Oakland Community. All on-campus residential areas are located in close proximity to academic buildings. The Oakland Community Apartments are located within a 5-10 minute walk to campus. The university’s shuttle services these areas on a regularly scheduled basis."

For more information on the CMU Housing program, to find out more about student living, or to enroll in the housing system, visit http://www.cmu.edu/housing/.


Green Housing Highlights

Stever House:
The five-story, traditional first-year residence was the first building on campus to be designed "green". Design and construction practices aimed to significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impact of buildings on the environment and occupants. It received a Silver rating for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the U.S. Green Building Council on September 12, 2003.

Henderson House:
Renovated in Fall 2003, Henderson House became the second building in our campus housing system to receive Silver L.E.E.D. certification.

Green Housing Effort

Carnegie Mellon has earned a spot on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) list of the top 50 green power purchasers in the United States.

Carnegie Mellon is purchasing nearly 87 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 75 percent of the organization's purchased electricity use. The EPA says the purchase is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of nearly 12,000 passenger vehicles per year, or the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power more than 8,000 average American homes annually. Carnegie Mellon is also buying renewable energy certificates from Community Energy.

Carnegie Mellon is purchasing nearly 87 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 75 percent of the organization's purchased electricity use. The EPA says the purchase is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of nearly 12,000 passenger vehicles per year, or the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power more than 8,000 average American homes annually. Carnegie Mellon is also buying renewable energy certificates from Community Energy.

The university aims to construct all new buildings to LEED Silver standards. There are currently 10 LEED buildings on campus, and two new buildings are expected to receive LEED Platinum certification. To reduce water use, efficient washing machines have been installed in all buildings, 80 percent of showerheads are low-flow, half of buildings have water metering systems, and the student garden is irrigated with rainwater.


Current Leaders


Energy Saving Tips