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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.

Statistics

13k

Solar panels installed on campus

74%

Academic departments that offer sustainability-related courses

21

Charging stations on campus

8

Years RIT has been listed in Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges

35

Tons of material saved from the landfill through Goodbye, Goodbuy!

9k

Pounds of food donated to area meal centers and shelters by Recover Rochester in 2018

15

Student clubs involved with sustainability

180

Acres of protected wetlands on campus

Latest News

  • September 17, 2020

    outside looking up at building that houses NextCorp.

    Gaining speed to clean energy  

    The Rochester Beacon talks to Rich Notargiacomo, venture coach, Venture Creations, and Nabil Nasr, associate provost and founding director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, about new clean energy companies.

  • 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.