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Sustainability At RIT



Defining Sustainability

“Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

–“Our Common Future,”
World Commission on Environment and Development

RIT seeks to become a world leader in sustainability education, research, and practice. As we strive to infuse innovation and creativity into every element of our campus, sustainability has become a major focus. Our comprehensive and interdisciplinary commitment is spearheaded by President Bill Destler, who signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2008 and currently serves on its steering committee.

We are driven to make a difference. Through our teaching, learning, research, and the development of best practices in and around sustainability, we hope to inspire current and future generations to sustain our planet. Every day, we see this concept breathe new energy into curricula, intensify laboratory activities, and light up the minds of students and faculty across the campus. We expect our inspiration to benefit everyone, everywhere. It matters to us all.

Opportunities abound for collaboration, and the assistance of inspired partners will accelerate our trajectory to becoming a global resource in sustainability education, research, and practice. RIT invites collaboration from all corners: individuals, philanthropic organizations, universities, government agencies, and industry partners. Anyone similarly inspired is welcome to join our journey.