Carnegie Mellon Engineering

Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research Overview

The mission of the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research (SEER) is to help to change the way the world thinks and acts about the environment through our educational and research methods and results, through the issues we raise, and through the outcomes we produce. We will build upon our collaborative strengths in science and technology (including information technology), design, economics, and the social and policy sciences, and apply these capabilities to the principal environmental problems of the 21st century.


Research Thrusts

  • Energy and the environment, including electricity and energy for transportation: Energy production has significant environmental impacts, both locally and globally. Carnegie Mellon should lead developments in improved energy efficiency, cleaner energy production, and related goals.

  • Urban infrastructure in both developed and developing regions: Infrastructure here includes the built and natural environment in urban regions, encompassing airsheds, buildings, energy usage, transport, water, wastewater, and solid waste.


Current activities center around interdisciplinary relationship at Carnegie Mellon:

  • Air quality and the atmosphere

  • Energy systems

  • Green buildings and communities

  • Green product design

  • Green chemistry

  • Risk analysis, management, and communication