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Sustainability At RIT


Enid Cardinal

Rochester Institute of Technology appointed Enid Cardinal senior sustainability advisor for the university in the summer of 2011. In this role she is responsible for facilitating a campus culture of sustainability with respect to operations, curriculum, and research; developing metrics for the Institute's progress in sustainability and directing RIT's efforts to achieve its commitment to climate neutrality by 2030. Read More...

Prior to joining the RIT community, she was the Director of the Office of Sustainability at Illinois State University.  Where she expanded alternative transportation options for the community, authored Illinois State's inaugural sustainability report, expanded faculty, staff and student involvement in campus sustainability efforts and launched a community wide food waste composting project.  She has also worked as a consultant on projects for organizations like Audubon International and Calvert, a socially responsible investment company.  After completing her undergraduate degree, she spent a year in AmeriCorps*NCCC and later served as a crew leader for the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps.

She is LEED –accredited professional and holds a bachelor's degree in biology and history from Binghamton University and a master's degree in Environmental Policy from Bard College.

Kurt Ingerick

Kurt Ingerick, Director of RIT Student Auxiliary Services Facilities, Sustainability & Conservation, has over 20 years experience in all aspects of facilities management.  Prior to joining RIT in 2001, he was President of a local real estate management firm that managed RIT's apartment housing for 30 years through an agency agreement.  Kurt is very involved in the campus community and recently completed a six-year term with RIT Staff Council, having served two years as Chairperson and one year as Vice Chairperson of the organization.  He has also served for several years on RIT's Committee for Sustainable Practices. Read More...

Kurt is a member of the Association of College & University Housing Officers - International (ACUHO-I), Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA), The National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Christopher Knigga

Christopher M. Knigga, Director of NTID Facilities Services & Sustainability joined RIT in 2010.  He graduated with an Associate Degree in Architectural Technology from NTID/RIT in 1993.  Subsequently, he received a bachelor degree from Bowling Green State University in Architectural/Environmental Design and Construction Management.   Soon afterward, he earned a Master Degree in Management from Walsh College. 

Prior to joining to RIT, he worked as a project manager for several commercial construction companies.  His goal is to obtain LEED AP, to teach and make sustainable changes at NTID. 


Student Staff

Kevin Kane

Kevin is a second year Management major in the Saunders College of Business. As a recent transfer student to RIT, Kevin has begun working with SEAL, Goodbye Goodbuy! And the Student Government Sustainability Committee.  Kevin also volunteers with the Flower City Pickers, Habitat for Humanity, and Foodlink.


RIT Recycling Team,

Evan Zachary

Evan Zachary

Evan is a third year student in the Environmental Sustainability; Health & Safety undergraduate program who has been working for the Sustainability Department since his second year. When he is not working on class and departmental work he is involved with Student Government as a Senator and helps to lead the Student Environmental Action League. Some of his ongoing projects include creating an opt-in composting program for campus apartments, and improving the Goodbye Goodbuy! program.

Allison Blakeley

Allison Blakeley

Allison is a third year student studying Environmental Sustainability Health and Safety Management. She's an active member is the sustainability community at RIT, participating in Recover Rochester, SEAL and the Student Sustainability Advisory Committee. She will be graduating RIT in 2017 with a Masters in her field and hopes to work with businesses to improve their green initiatives.

Theresa Klingshirn

Theresa Klingshirn

Theresa is an undergraduate Packaging student who is a young and eager member of the Recycling Department who is currently working with the Sustainability Manager on ways to encourage recycling in the residence halls so that RIT can be carbon neutral by 2030. Her goal is to continue to work with the Sustainability throughout her college career and carry her experiences into her major.