Featured Events

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Earth Month

RIT celebrates Earth Month every April. Join us in recognizing the 50th anniversary of Earth Month in a variety of ways:

  • Join the RIT Earth Day Eco Challenge team! From April 1 - April 30, participants select actions that align with their values and make a 30-day commitment to complete those actions, all the while practicing and reinforcing good habits. For every completed action, you earn points and create a positive impact. Join us, and let your actions speak.
  • Happiness and Sustainability Around the Earth: 24-hour webinar on April 22, 2020. Join experts from Sustainable Development Solutions Network's global network as they share how they are building a happier world.
  • EARTHRISE, an intergenerational global movement for climate action that will mobilize millions around the world on April 22, 2020.
  • The Great Global Cleanup, a worldwide campaign to remove billions of pieces of trash from neighborhoods, beaches, rivers, lakes, trails, and parks — reducing waste and plastic pollution, improving habitats, and preventing harm to wildlife and humans.
  • Earth Challenge 2020, the largest-ever global citizen science initiative, which will arm everyday individuals with the tools they need to report on the health and well-being of the environment, from water quality, to air quality, to the species around them.
  • Foodprints for the Future, a collaboration with individuals, communities, and partners across all sectors to address one of the largest contributors to climate change facing us today: our food system.
  • Artists for the Earth, a global campaign bringing artists from around the world in every discipline, using the power of their art to express our common humanity.

Check out @RITSustainability on Facebook for all events and engagement opportunities.

Fair Trade Friday

Fairtrade Friday Coffee Hour

This is an event organized to give people interested in sustainability and the environment a chance to connect, talk about their interests and enjoy great coffee too! Make sure to bring your reusable mugs or thermos! Bring your friends and come hang out at our coffee chat for a morning of sustainable sippin'! Are you interested in meeting others on campus with an interest in Sustainability? Join on the first Friday of every month for Fairtrade Friday Coffee Hour. The purpose of the event is to create a space where anyone interested in sustainability or the environment is welcome to come and chat about their passions over a cup of Fair Trade coffee or tea. Make sure to bring your own travel mug so you can enjoy! There is no formal program and all are welcome.

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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.


Sustainability in Practice Workshop

Offered through the Center for Professional Development, this workshop provides an introduction to sustainability and provides resources to facilitate sustainable behavior change. Participants learn how RIT is responding to this grand challenge, and explore tools and strategies for enacting sustainable practices within their unit and everyday work.

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