CMU Goes the Extra Mile on Biking Initiative

Plus, Chatham hosts a female social entrepreneur and Duquesne is named a top green university.


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CMU Engineering Department Earns Biking Honor
Despite this week's winter storm warnings, summer is nearly here. And with it comes a number of outdoor activities, such as swimming, hiking and, of course, biking. For Carnegie Mellon University mechanical engineering Ph.D. student Billy Epting and his colleagues, that last item is something all too familiar.

Epting has spent much of his spare time leading bike-friendly initiatives on the university’s campus and recently had his work recognized by the League of American Bicyclists, which designated the CMU mechanical engineering department as a Bicycle-Friendly Business (BFB). The honor recognizes work places which promote and encourage bike-friendly atmosphere for both employees and customers.

CMU is the second local institution to be recognized as a BFB this year. Chatham University was recognized in October with the same honor. Both institutions are among more than 400 businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies to be recognized.

While the efforts of Epting and others like him may seem purely selfless, make no mistake that their efforts have paid dividends in savings. In addition to saving nearly 2,000 pounds of harmful carbon dioxide emissions through bicycle commuting, Epting has saved more than $800 in transportation costs.
—Rob McCoy, PM Assistant Editor


Chatham Hosts Female Social Entrepreneur

Christine Ward, founder of The Darfur Project and Rockflower, will be speaking at Chatham University on Friday, May 11 about how women, girls and entrepreneurship can change the world.

Ward's Rockflower organization connects large funders with investors to create resources for women and girls in underdeveloped nations. Friday’s presentation will discuss Ward’s path to creating Rockflower, which began where The Darfur Project left off and now focuses on long-term solutions in areas of health, education and economic empowerment.

The presentation is part of Chatham's Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series and will take place in the James Laughlin Music Hall at 7:30 a.m. — and breakfast, as always, will be included in the ticket fee.
—Lauren Schmeer, PM Editorial Intern


Duquesne Named Top Green University
Duquesne University has been recognized as one of the top environmentally friendly and responsible institutions in the United States and Canada by the The Princeton Review in its annual Guide to 322 Green Colleges. The guide is a free resource that recognizes the efforts of universities which show a commitment to sustainability in their academic programs, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. The 2012 guide recognized Duquesne for its “solid-as-steel commitment to going green.”

Duquesne was recognized as a result of a number of long standing initiatives aimed at environmental responsibility. For example the university generates most of its electricity with an on-campus generator and completely relies on clean energy. In addition, it recycles all of its fryer grease by converting it to biodiesel fuel, and all campus buildings have designated recycling areas. In addition to these efforts, Duquesne also offers a 12-month MBA in sustainability and also features a Center for Environmental Research and Education that conducts research on environmental problems in the region.  
—R.M.

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