RIT is a leader in groundbreaking sustainability research, education, and engagement. The RIT campus is a living laboratory for sustainable technologies, practices, and philosophies within our built and natural environment. Every day, in all that we do, we live the principles of a sustainable community.


Key Facts


Target year for RIT to achieve carbon neutrality


Academic departments that offer sustainability-related courses


LEED certified buildings


Student clubs involved with sustainability

Degree Programs in Environmental Studies and Sustainability

Undergraduate Programs

In RIT's civil engineering degree, you'll gain the practical theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to analyze and solve complex challenges posed by our nation’s growing infrastructure needs.

Learn More about Civil Engineering Technology BS 

Synthesize science, mathematics, technology, and application-oriented designs into world-class consumer products, timely microprocessors, state-of-the-art computers, advanced electronic components, and much more in our electrical engineering degree.

Learn More about Electrical Engineering BS 

Combine a love for nature with cutting-edge research to create a sustainable future for our planet in this innovative environmental science degree.

Learn More about Environmental Science BS 

In this environmental management degree, you'll learn how environmentally sustainable practices support environmental protections and champion efforts to make industries cleaner and communities safer.

Learn More about Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety BS 

Mechanical engineers put energy and machines to work–from rockets, robots, and airplanes to automobiles, satellites, and renewable energy systems. In RIT's mechanical engineering BS degree you'll study math, science, physics, engineering science, and engineering systems.

Learn More about Mechanical Engineering BS 

An innovative packaging science degree where you’ll design product packaging for food, cosmetics, electronics, retail, and consumer goods.

Learn More about Packaging Science BS 

Graduate Programs

A NAAB-accredited master of architecture program that provides a well-balanced education that integrates design, technology, and research with sustainability to prepare graduates to enter the modern field of architecture.

Learn More about Architecture M.Arch. 

An environmental science master's degree that produces skilled professionals who are able to tackle the biggest problems plaguing our environment.

Learn More about Environmental Science MS 

A master's in environmental health and safety where you will acquire a foundation in the managerial aspects of developing and implementing environmental health and safety management systems to help companies meet their sustainability and safety standards.

Learn More about Environmental, Health and Safety Management MS 

The master's in packaging science enables you to create visually stunning, environmentally friendly packaging that’s functional and durable enough to be aesthetically pleasing and sustainable for the environmental while also withstanding the stresses of distribution and transportation. 

Learn More about Packaging Science MS 

The Ph.D. in sustainability fosters innovation and creativity in solving real-world challenges within social, economic, technological, and business realms. In this inherently interdisciplinary program, you’ll become part of a network of academics from across RIT who are working to optimize sustainable systems and practices in engineering, manufacturing, energy, education, and more.

Learn More about Sustainability Ph.D. 

A sustainable engineering degree that allows you to reduce a product’s environmental effects at every stage of its lifecycle–from conception, development, and prototyping to commercialization, recycling, and disposal.

Learn More about Sustainable Engineering MS 

Develop a comprehensive understanding of the many facets of sustainability. In as little as one year, this sustainability degree will teach to you apply sustainability science principles to any field to help solve the world’s grand challenges—including pollution, food scarcity, public health crises, and more.

Learn More about Sustainable Systems MS 

Latest News

Thought Leaders in Sustainability

Dennis Andrejko
Department Chair

Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Callie Babbitt
Associate Professor

Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Lisa Greenwood
Assistant Professor

College of Engineering Technology

Eric Hittinger
Interim Department Chair

College of Liberal Arts

Saunders College of Business

College of Art and Design

Mindy Magyar
Associate Professor

College of Art and Design

Nabil Nasr
Associate Provost Academic Affairs and Director of GIS

Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Academic Affairs

Kate Gleason College of Engineering