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Interest in “sustainability” and related issues continues to grow, nationally as well as internationally. A sustainable economy is one that can meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. More sustainable approaches for meeting our needs require that our solutions perform well with respect to each of the three dimensions of sustainability (economic, social, and environmental).


Moving an economy toward the goal of sustainability presents myriad challenges for all professions, especially engineering. As we move forward into the 21st century the problems associated with delivering society’s goods and services using traditional, non-sustainable practices will become more apparent, and the value of more environmentally and socially appropriate approaches to meeting society’s needs will become increasingly evident. Engineers and managers must be equipped to become leaders and decision makers as we develop and adopt more sustainable practices. The Industrial and Systems Engineering Department in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering (KGCOE) has been and will continue to be a leader in this effort.

Important components of KGCOE’s sustainability portfolio include:

  • development of the first Sustainable Engineering graduate program in the US
  • development of an “Energy and Environment” option in Mechanical Engineering
  • development of a “Sustainable Product Development” minor that is available to all RIT students
  • development of a student chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World

For more info follow the links below:

MS Sustainable Engineering

ME Sustainable Engineering

Sustainable Product Development Minor

Engineers for a Sustainable World



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