Featured Events

This is an illustrative graphic. There is an orange rust building in the middle, someone is walking a dog, two people are talking, one person is riding a bicycle, two people are buying food at a produce stand, two people are planting a tree in the back. There is a bright blue sky with clouds. Text on the graphic is: October is Campus Sustainability Month

October is Campus Sustainability Month!

RIT joins campuses around the world to celebrate Campus Sustainability Month every October. We invite students, staff, and faculty to join us in this celebration by learning about sustainability initiatives on campus by engaging in one or more of our upcoming events and programs.

  • Saturdays at the Public Market 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Did you know you can hop on a bus to the public market for FREE on Saturdays for the remainder of the semester? Take a free ride downtown and shop for fresh produce, ethnic delicacies, and much more! No RSVP required, bus is first come, first serve until max capacity on the bus is reached! Pick-up from Lot C at 10:30 a.m. and Kate Gleason Circle at 10:45 a.m. Leave the public market district at 12:30 p.m. This initiative is brought to you by the Wellness Collaborative.

  • Rooftop Restoration Oct. 6 and 27 | 3-5 p.m.
    Join us on at Sustainability Institute Hall and help restore the rooftop garden. Please wear clothing and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Tools will be provided.

  • Sustainability Mixer Oct. 14 | 4-5:30 p.m.
    RIT Sustainability is excited to host a networking event for students and alumni with a passion for sustainability and climate action during the 2023 Brick City Homecoming weekend! This event is open to any alumni or students who are working in the climate or sustainability field, have an interest in learning about RIT’s sustainability initiatives, or want to incorporate sustainability into their lifestyle or career path. 

  • Sustainable Steps: Nature Walk Oct. 10 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and Oct. 25 | 1-2 p.m.  
    Enjoy an educational walk in the woods guided by Enid Cardinal, Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Planning and Sustainability. Learn about some of the plants, trees, and animals commonly found in the RIT Nature Trails.  Participants should meet in front of the Community Garden.

  • FoodShare's Corner Kitchen: Cooking Demonstration Oct. 26 | 4-5 p.m. Join Executive Chef Herlan and Pastry Sous Chef Lindsay for a cooking and baking demonstration. Learn how to use common pantry ingredients available at RIT FoodShare to make easy and delicious treats at home! Samples will be shared with attendees.

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Follow @RITSustainability on Instagram & Facebook for additional sustainability-focused events, tips, and engagement opportunities. If you are hosting an event that you would like us to add to this list, please email sustainability@rit.edu.  

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Wellness Walks and DIY

The Sustainability Wellness Team organizes wellness walks and DIY activities throughout the school year.

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Climate Speaker Series

Every spring RIT hosts a Climate Change speaker who covers various aspects of climate change from the science behind it to environmental justice issues that are resulting from it. Previous speakers have included Aaron Mair and Dr. James Hansen.


Professional Development Opportunities

Sustainability in Practice: RIT is committed to employing best-in-class sustainable practices within university operations and achieving carbon neutrality by 2030. But what are sustainable practices, how will RIT become carbon neutral, and what is the role of staff members in advancing these commitments? RIT recognizes the need for all staff to become better equipped to lead sustainable change within their departments. This session, provides an introduction to sustainability and provides resources to facilitate sustainable behavior change. Participants will learn how RIT is responding to this grand challenge, and will explore tools and strategies for enacting sustainable practices within your unit and everyday work.

Exploring the Intersections of Equity, Sustainability and the Environmental Movement: Sustainability is about more than recycling, planting trees, energy efficiency and cool green technology – it is about ensuring that all people live in harmony with their natural environment. In this workshop, we will explore the intersections of sustainability, diversity, and justice, and cover topics such as human health and wellness, access to resources, and environmental justice. Participants will learn how structural racism, sexism and classism contributes to environmental degradation, and how certain individuals are more vulnerable than others to its harmful impacts. Examples from RIT and the greater Rochester community will be shared, and participants will discuss ways to create meaningful dialogue and social change within campus and beyond.

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