RIT is a leader in groundbreaking sustainability research, teaching, and engagement. The RIT campus works as a living laboratory for sustainable technologies, practices, and philosophies within the built and natural environment.


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 solve complex challenges posed by society’s growing infrastructure needs. 

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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.

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

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In this environmental management degree, you'll help industries champion environmentally sustainable ways to produce goods and services that reduce environmental contamination, use less water and precious resources, and avoid subjecting workers to hazardous conditions and materials.

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Among the most comprehensive of engineering disciplines, mechanical engineers put energy and machines to work–from rockets, robots, and airplanes to automobiles, satellites, and renewable energy systems. Our mechanical engineering degree encompasses math, science, physics, engineering science, and engineering systems.

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A packaging engineering degree in which you'll craft inventive ways to package a range of products–from food and cosmetics to electronics and consumer products–for transportation, storage, display, and presentation.

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Graduate Programs

An 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.

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

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An environmental management master's degree where you can 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.

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A packaging degree that enables you to create visually stunning, environmentally friendly packaging that’s functional and durable enough to sustain environmental and physical hazards.

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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.

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A sustainable engineering degree that helps you minimize the effects a product has on the environment at every stage of its lifecycle–from conception, development, and prototyping to commercialization, recycling, and disposal.  

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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

  • September 4, 2020

    researcher walking through grasslands in Sweden.

    RIT collaborates with 13 other universities to understand climate change and ecosystems

    RIT is one of 14 universities from around the globe that have collectively been awarded $12.5 million from the National Science Foundation to launch a new Biology Integration Institute. It will focus on better understanding ecosystem and climate interactions—like the thawing of the Arctic permafrost—and how they can alter everything from the landscape to greenhouse gases.

  • August 28, 2020

    world map showing where gas hydrates have been discovered.

    Team develops model to determine stability of gas hydrates

    Natural gas-hydrates—crystalline compounds of gas molecules—are found in permafrost and marine sediments. While these gas hydrates can be used as alternative energy resources, they also pose a danger in terms of global warming. RIT researchers Patricia Taboada-Serrano and Yali Zhang developed a comprehensive model to better validate location of gas-hydrate deposits in marine sediments.

  • August 28, 2020

    photo of toy army soldiers in a frame.

    RIT’s Image Permanence Institute receives $429,409 federal grant from IMLS

    The Image Permanence Institute at RIT has received a grant award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for an unprecedented research project designed to identify the most cost-efficient and environmentally responsible methods of preparing paper-based collection objects for transit and display while maintaining preservation standards.

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
Associate Professor

College of Liberal Arts

Clyde Hull

Saunders College of Business

Alex Lobos

College of Art and Design

Mindy Magyar
Associate Professor

College of Art and Design

Nabil Nasr
Associate Provost Acad Affairs and Director of GIS

Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Jennifer Schneider
Eugene Fram Chair

Academic Affairs

Brian Thorn

Kate Gleason College of Engineering