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Sustainability At RIT


American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)
On April 22, 2009 President William W. Destler signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and in November 2010, ACUPCC appointed Destler to its Steering Committee. The commitment is a pledge by academic leaders to move their campuses toward more sustainable programs and practices.  As a result of this commitment RIT has begun inventorying its greenhouse gas emissions and has set 2030 as its target date for carbon neutrality as outlined in its Climate Action Plan. More
Clinton Global Initiative
Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
At the Clinton Global Initiative in September 2011, RIT announced a CGI commitment to share the model of sustainability education developed at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability with five partner universities in developing countries around the world. The ultimate goal of this commitment is to greatly expand the capacity of universities to develop professionals with the expertise necessary to address local and regional short and long term economic, environmental, and industrial sustainability needs. More
EPA Green Power Partnership
EPA Green Power Partnership (GPP)
RIT became an EPA Green Power Partner in May 2010.  The GPP is a voluntary program that supports the organizational procurement of green power and evaluates related standing between universities.  Currently RIT purchases 15% of its total power needs as "Green-E" certified power.  Such power is purchased as a commodity and is harvested from the renewable energy sources like solar, wind and geothermal.  Renewable energy purchasing allows RIT to improve our environmental performance, lower energy related emissions, and minimize our carbon footprint. More
Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS)
The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS® was developed by AASHE with broad participation from the higher education community. More