Carnegie Mellon’s Top 10 Environmental Initiatives
Professor Terry Collins of the Chemistry Department has patented
(tetra-amido macrocyclic ligands) hydrogen peroxide
activators that can replace chlorine-based technologies for water
disinfection and detoxification.
Vice Provost Indira Nair, Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Cliff Davidson and others are effectively using a grant from the LUCE
Foundation to “green” early undergraduate education by introducing environmental themes into freshmen and sophomore courses.
Using life cycle analysis to evaluate alternative fuels and vehicles,
The Green Design Institute, directed by Mike Griffin, has determined that a green car of the future can be powered by an internal combustion engine running on cellulosic ethanol.
Professors Volker Hartkopf and Vivian Loftness and colleagues in the School of Architecture are evaluating and setting the standards for “green” buildings because of the documented benefits to energy conservation, human health and productivity.
Alternative treatment technologies for PCB Contaminated soils are
being evaluated by Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Greg Lowry in his study of nanoscale iron particles, and by Biological Sciences Professor Bill Brown in his study of microbes used for the dechlorination of PCBs.
Carnegie Mellon’s Air Quality Research Team is one of the largest interdisciplinary teams of its kind at U.S.-based universities. In its most recent study, the “Supersite,” they are investigating the sources and impact of airborne particulate matter in the Pittsburgh region.