Marcel Minutolo, Assistant Professor of Management
The Climate Initiative at Robert Morris University
Robert Morris University promotes socially responsible and environmentally sustainable practices through all aspects of campus activity, including waste reduction, recycling, energy conservation, sustainable construction, and general business practices.
We will educate our students, faculty and staff, as well as the community about social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and green practices. We will help to prepare our students to become leaders in all areas of human endeavor supporting sustainable environmental practices.
Educational Initiatives & Outreach
The RMU School of Business, along with the Institute of Organization and Management in Industry ORGMASZ (Warsaw, Poland), launched the International Conference on Sustainable Enterprises of the Future. The conference is interdisciplinary and focuses on sustainable business, technology and economic development. Last year, the conference had 29 peer reviewed presentations representing intellectual contributions from 46 academicians representing 19 institutions from the United States, Poland, Mexico and Thailand. In addition to the academic presentations and papers, Dennis Yablonsky, CEO of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development gave a lecture titled “Pittsburgh as a Global Energy Hub” and Jachen Meyer, president of Flabeg Solar U.S. Corporation, spoke about manufacturing for sustainable energy solutions. RMU has also expanded course offerings, including a major in environmental science and courses in sustainable marketing and management.
Energy: Efficiency, Conservation, and Alternative
6.2% of the electricity we consume at Robert Morris University comes from renewable sources.
Recycling and Waste Management
RMU adopted a single-stream recycling program and created over 30 different locations in which students can recycle waste. The RMU cafeteria eliminated the use of disposable styrofoam to-go containers from the Food Court, which now offers reusable to-go containers that can be returned to the Food Court after use. A vendor certification program now allows the university to reduce paperwork generated by vendor invoices and payments.
Buildings and Grounds
RMU follows the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environment Design) design standards for new building construction and major renovations.
Students for Environmental Awareness is a student group open to all students on the RMU campus. SEA seeks to promote environmental responsibility and sustainability on the RMU campus and surrounding community.