Green Design Institute

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Institution: Carnegie Mellon University
Director: Lester Lave

The Green Design Institute is a major interdisciplinary research effort to make an impact on environmental quality through green design. The central idea of the institute is to form partnerships with companies, government agencies and foundations to develop pioneering design, management, manufacturing, and regulatory processes that can improve environmental quality and product quality while enhancing economic development.

Carnegie Mellon researchers are working to address the regulatory issues that shape the global marketplace. Our research partners will have access to policy and management tools for environmentally conscious manufacturing and product and process design, as well as opportunities to explore comprehensive solutions to problems such as hazardous emissions, use of toxic materials and inefficient energy usage.

The institute has roots in two existing Carnegie Mellon centers: The Engineering Design Research Center, an internationally recognized NSF center of excellence established in 1986 to support more efficient and cost-effective designs in industry; The Environmental Institute, a university-wide organization bringing together faculty, research staff and students to work on environmental and educational activities.

Through the Green Design Institute, we are solving problems and building tools that help businesses accomplish more with less. Our focus is on developing practical pollution prevention technologies and lowering costs, by recycling scarce resources, using fewer raw materials and creating better products. Creative engineering and science can produce products and processes that both cost less and pose fewer threats to workers, consumers and the environment. By joining in partnership with Carnegie Mellon, businesses will gain the tools they need to be competitive in the new environmental era.


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