Area of Study
Environmental Studies and
It’s one thing to be a champion of the environment. It’s another to lead by example and pioneer the solutions that lead to real environmental preservation. That’s what you’ll find at RIT.
We are one of the world’s greenest universities. Everything we do–from LEED-certified buildings and solution-focused academic programs, to driving organizations toward sustainable practices and an aggressive 2030 carbon neutral pledge–is rooted in balancing the developmental needs of the present without compromising the necessities of the future.
Ranked among the nation’s top ‘green’ colleges
Princeton Review, 2022
Target year for RIT to achieve a carbon neutral campus
Student clubs focused on sustainability
Dynamic research centers that operate 84,000-square-feet of space for modeling, testing, and prototyping.
Entrepreneurial Solutions for Environmental Problems
Millette is from Trinidad and Tobago, an island nation that needs a way to manage a waste problem in a country with limited space. Millette is exploring if a circular economy can be the solution.
Education: A Powerful Tool for Sustainability
Moore is researching nanomaterials and their use in clean energy technologies. She’s sharing this knowledge with future generations, who have the power to impact the environment.
Carlos Diaz Acosta
Diaz Acosta's research in sustainable packaging led his class to a biodegradable solution. Developing corn-based packaging is not only being used to counteract the amount of food waste going into landfills, but also making the world a more sustainable place.
The new undergraduate students come from 48 states (all but Iowa and Wyoming); Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; Guam; U.S. Virgin Islands; and 47 countries, with the largest contingent coming from India, Canada, and China. In addition, there are 927 new graduate students.
Jennifer Schneider, a faculty-researcher at RIT and expert in hazardous materials and community resilience, recently joined two national organizations to investigate and guide improved standards for use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and technologies.
Assistant Professor Yewande Abraham is part of a team developing a virtual reality-based learning environment to improve middle school students’ interest in STEM fields, specifically the evolving construction industry.