At Carnegie Mellon, we are working to explore the intersection of computation and sustainability. As described in the recent National Academies report, Computing Research for Sustainability , there are a number of ways in which computing and sustainability intersect. As described by the Climate Group’s 2008 report Smart2020, the potential impact of computing is large enough that we should all be paying attention.
Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science certainly is. We have a number of faculty working on sustainability problems, a working group exploring how we can further increase our impact, a seminar that has now been running for several years, and many smaller efforts by faculty, staff and students to live the ideals that we are also exploring in our research. In all of these areas, we look forward to collaborating with other groups on campus. If you’re interested, get in touch. You can reach us at scsgreen [at] cs.cmu.edu, or sign up for our mailing list by emailing Catherine Copetas.