Environmental Studies and Sustainability

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.

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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.

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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.



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