Sustainability at Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a private university located in Pittsburgh, PA. The university often touts its commitment to sustainability and paints itself as a leader in the field. As an undergraduate CMU student who has been involved in making the campus a more sustainable space though, I have had a different experience than what is advertised. Responsibility for sustainability is often pushed onto the shoulders of students, students who do not have the time or resources to make substantial, systemic change at the university. Instead to looking to individual students to lead the fight, CMU needs to do better itself and recognize its own responsibility in the fight to create a more sustainable, just space. Read my call to action here.

About Me

Hi! I'm Kathy Zhang, an undergraduate senior at CMU studying Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Art through the university's BXA program. I am passionate about environmental justice and am interested in sustainable waste management. My art often explores these issues along with other topics within sustainability.

This project is a continuation of my research project, which you can read about here.

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This project was supported in part by funding from the Carnegie Mellon University Frank-Ratchye Fund For Art @ the Frontier.