Sustainability

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.

2030

Target year for RIT to achieve carbon neutrality

74%

Academic departments that offer sustainability-related courses

8

LEED certified buildings

15

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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Mechanical engineers put energy and machines to work–from rockets, robots, and airplanes to automobiles, satellites, and renewable energy systems. Our mechanical engineering BS degree encompasses courses in 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

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.

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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.

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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
585-475-2405

Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Callie Babbitt
Associate Professor
585-475-6277

Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Lisa Greenwood
Assistant Professor
585-475-2026

College of Engineering Technology

Eric Hittinger
Associate Professor

College of Liberal Arts

Clyde Hull
Professor
585-475-6794

Saunders College of Business

Alex Lobos
Professor
585-475-7417

College of Art and Design

Mindy Magyar
Associate Professor
585-475-6396

College of Art and Design

Nabil Nasr
Associate Provost Academic Affairs and Director of GIS
585-475-5106

Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Jennifer Schneider
Eugene Fram Chair
585-475-2092

Academic Affairs

Brian Thorn
Professor
585-475-6166

Kate Gleason College of Engineering