Featured Events

Featured Events

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RIT joins the world in celebrating Earth Month every April. You might be familiar with Earth Day, celebrated annually on April 22nd. 
Earth Month is a part of the global movement to demonstrate support for environmental sustainability for the month of April and beyond!

Upcoming Events this Month:

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Community Gardening Days
Every Fridays in April from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Community Garden (located behind Gene Polisseni Center)
Come volunteer with us at the community garden and learn about the joys of growing your own vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Attendees will receive free plants to bring home to their own gardens. Tools will be provided - just come in some clothes you don't mind getting a little dirt on and get ready to prepare the garden for the upcoming spring!

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Rochester Public Market
Every Saturday in April from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at Grace Watson Hall (Lot C) at 10:30 or Kate Gleason Circle at 10:45 a.m. 
Take a free ride downtown and shop for fresh produce, ethnic delicacies, and much more! No RSVP required! The bus is first come, first serve until max capacity on the bus is reached!

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FoodShare: Bern's Closet Clothing Swap
Friday, April 12th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the SHED Lobby
Clothing swaps are a great way to donate some of your old clothing and acquire some new-to-you pieces. Bringing clothes is not required, but it can help the program. Practice new sustainable ways to upcycle and maybe find a new outfit just in time that weekend excursion you are going to. You will be able to try clothing on before taking as well as learn about the services our offices offer.

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Truffula Takeaway - CAB x Goodbye, Goodbuy!
Saturday, Apr 13th from 7–9 p.m., Fireside Lounge

Join us for a movie night like no other at Truffula Takeaway! Dive into the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss's "The Lorax," but the fun doesn't stop there! Get creative during the movie with our arts and crafts session, using leftover materials from CAB's office. 


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Solar energy: Are we there yet? Seminar Series
Thursday, April 18th from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in Golisano Institute for Sustainability and online

Come take a deep dive into solar panels alongside two leading researchers: Dr. Annick Anctil, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Michigan State University, and Dr. Seth Hubbard, a professor of microsystem engineering and physics at RIT. Together, they will offer a two-part, complimentary presentation on the opportunities and challenges facing today’s solar industry.

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RIT Framing Frenzy
Friday, April 19th, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Parking Lot B
Volunteer Shifts: Shift One: 11am-12:30pm, Shift Two: 1-2:30pm, Shift Three: 3-4:30pm
Join Habitat for Humanity for our Spring Framing Frenzy. At this event, volunteers will help construct the frames for the soon-to-be homes of local Rochester families.

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Climate Solutions Summit
Friday, April 19th, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
Saturday, April 20th, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

This two-day event is an opportunity for organizational leaders and community members to discover how climate solutions are an opportunity to create a healthier, more equitable future for the Genesee-Finger Lakes region. Contact sustainability@rit.edu for information on free registration.

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Into the ROC: Farm Tour and Volunteering at Wild Hill Farm
Saturday, April 20th, 10:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Take a tour and volunteer at Wild Hill Farm, a woman owned, regenerative farm in the Finger Lakes region. Learn about the many ways that Wild Hill Farm is practicing sustainability and how small, local farms are an integral part of Rochester's foodscape. After the tour, we will be volunteering to prepare the fields and plant seedlings.

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"Down to Earth-Day" Planting Party at Tait Preserve
Sunday, April 21st, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
, meet at Gracie's at 9:30am.
Join us for a fun day of planting native seedlings and making seed balls at the Tait Preserve. Be sure to wear appropriate clothes to accommodate the weather and shoes and clothes you won't mind getting a little dirty. There will be a limited number transportation seats in the van (12) so carpooling is suggested. Van's will be leaving from Gracie's at RIT at 9:30am.

Tigers vs. Trash
April 22nd to 26th, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Brick City Cafe
This Sustainability and Dining collaboration will feature composting, active waste diversion tracking/statistics, and reduced packaging waste! All of your waste will be sorted by a team of sustainability ambassadors to enable optimized recycling and composting to minimize our effect on the local environment and send as little waste to the landfill as possible.

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Earth and Arbor Days Celebration
Friday, April 22nd, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community Garden
Join us as for an annual Arbor Day celebration and help plant native pawpaw trees by the community garden. Attendees will have a chance to join in a community conversation about the future of trees at RIT.

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Madrigalia: Earth Keeping Concert
Tuesday, April 23rd, 5:30 p.m.to 7 p.m. at Sklarsky Glass Box Theater, SHED
Join the College of Science and the School of Performing Arts for an afternoon of Science and Song, as Madrigalia, now in its 46th concert season, will present its Earthkeeping program in conjunction with the RIT Singers featuring choral works concerning our planet and its future.  Following the concert, there will be a reception including College of Science student researchers and environmental and sustainability-focused campus groups.


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Goodbye, Goodbuy! Collection Program
Thursday, May 2nd to Sunday, May 12th
Goodbye, Goodbuy! is back for the season! Every year, student leaders and volunteers collect usable items from students during move-out week. These items are then sold to incoming students during our fall move-in sale. Help support this program and prevent usable items from sitting in landfills! Sign up to Volunteer

Upcoming Sustainability Events on Campus Groups
Find more upcoming events on Campus Groups under the Sustainability Events Tag.

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Wellness Walks and DIY Activities

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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