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

Gain the practical theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to solve the complex challenges posed by society’s growing infrastructure needs. Through lab work and design projects, civil engineering technology students acquire skills in a wide range of sub-disciplines and put theory and technology to work to solve engineering challenges.        

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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.

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Combine a love for nature with cutting-edge research to create a sustainable future for our planet.

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Become an environmental, health and safety champion by helping industries produce goods and services that lessen or eliminate environmental contamination, use less water and precious resources, and avoid subjecting workers to hazardous conditions and materials.

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From rockets to robots, power plants to biomechanical parts, mechanical engineers put both energy and machines to work.

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Crafting 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

Architecture is often described as the art and science of building. That’s especially true today, as design becomes increasingly data-driven. Our NAAB-accredited architecture program provides a well-balanced education with design, technology, and research in mind, integrated strongly with sustainability concepts, to prepare graduates to enter the modern field of architecture on the way to becoming licensed architects.

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The multidisciplinary approach taken in this program produces skilled professionals who are able to tackle the biggest problems plaguing our environment using a holistic approach.

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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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Create visually stunning, environmentally friendly packaging that’s functional and durable enough to sustain environmental and physical hazards.

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A practically based program that 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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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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Narrow your focus to a specific area of study as you find new ways 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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Designed to help students from any academic background gain a comprehensive understanding of the many facets of sustainability. In as little as one year, you’ll learn to apply sustainability science principles to any field to help solve the world’s grand challenges—including pollution, food scarcity, public health crises, and more.

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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
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