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.
Solar panels installed on campus
Academic departments that offer sustainability-related courses
Charging stations on campus
Years RIT has been listed in Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges
Tons of material saved from the landfill through Goodbye, Goodbuy!
Pounds of food donated to area meal centers and shelters by Recover Rochester in 2018
RIT is reimplementing its policy against the use of packaged water, beginning April 1, when university funds may no longer be used to purchase still, unflavored, or packaged water. The policy applies to all single-serve water regardless of container material, size, event type, and method of purchase.
When Ree Dolnick launched Jeca Energy Bars Co. LLC (Jeca) in 2015, she knew she wanted to create an artisanal energy bar that was different from the rest. What she didn’t know was that adding less sugar than what’s found in similar products would mean rethinking her entire manufacturing process—her low-sugar recipes didn’t work on conventional equipment for making bars.
A program to tackle food waste by reimbursing community- and business-led projects across New York State exceeded its original goal by more than 400 percent, keeping 125,065 tons of food scraps and edible food out of landfills. Over six years, it provided key capital funding for many businesses, municipalities, and nonprofits as efforts to turn the tide on wasted food that continued to grow in the Empire State.