RIT is a leader in groundbreaking sustainability research, education, and engagement. The RIT campus is a living laboratory for sustainable technologies, practices, and philosophies within our built and natural environment. Every day, in all that we do, we live the principles of a sustainable community.
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In RIT's civil engineering technology degree, you'll gain the practical theory, knowledge, and skills necessary to analyze and solve complex challenges posed by our nation’s growing infrastructure needs.Learn more about the Civil Engineering Technology BS program
With the growing demand of energy and an ever-heightened awareness of environmental protection on a worldwide scale, every industry plays a role in developing and implementing solutions that reduce, prevent, or mitigate serious threats to our planet. It has become critical for electrical energy to be developed from sources that do not pollute the atmosphere or rely on the depletion of natural resources. Renewable sources, such as solar, wind, and geothermal, are essential for a sustainable future. How to improve the efficiency of existing electrical generation, transmission, and distribution systems is equally important. Demand for research and development in clean and renewable energy is growing quickly. Nearly every industry is focusing its efforts on developing and investing in clean and renewable energy options, creating exciting career opportunities where you can make a difference in the future of our environment. This option is part of the electrical engineering BS program.Learn more about the Clean and Renewable Energy Option - Electrical Engineering BS program
In RIT’s electrical engineering degree, you’ll synthesize science, mathematics, technology, and application-oriented designs into world-class consumer products, timely microprocessors, state-of-the-art computers, advanced electronic components, and much more.Learn more about the Electrical Engineering BS program
Combine a love for nature with cutting-edge research to create a sustainable future for our planet in this innovative environmental science degree.Learn more about the Environmental Science BS program
In this environmental sustainability major, you'll learn how environmentally sustainable practices support environmental protections and champion efforts to make industries cleaner and communities safer.Learn more about the Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety BS program
An innovative packaging science degree where you’ll design product packaging for food, cosmetics, electronics, retail, and consumer goods.Learn more about the Packaging Science BS program
A NAAB-accredited master of architecture program that provides a well-balanced education that integrates design, technology, and research with sustainability to prepare graduates to enter the modern field of architecture.Learn more about the Architecture M.Arch. program
An environmental science master's degree that produces skilled professionals who are able to tackle the biggest problems plaguing our environment.Learn more about the Environmental Science MS program
A master's in environmental health and safety where you will acquire a foundation in the managerial aspects of developing and implementing environmental health and safety management systems to help companies meet their sustainability and safety standards.Learn more about the Environmental, Health and Safety Management MS program
The master's in packaging science enables you to create visually stunning, environmentally friendly packaging that’s functional and durable enough to be aesthetically pleasing and sustainable for the environmental while also withstanding the stresses of distribution and transportation.Learn more about the Packaging Science MS program
The Ph.D. in sustainability fosters innovation and creativity in solving real-world challenges within social, economic, technological, and business realms. In this inherently interdisciplinary program, you’ll become part of a network of academics from across RIT who are working to optimize sustainable systems and practices in engineering, manufacturing, energy, education, and more.Learn more about the Sustainability Ph.D. program
A sustainable engineering degree that allows you to reduce a product’s environmental effects at every stage of its lifecycle–from conception, development, and prototyping to commercialization, recycling, and disposal.Learn more about the Sustainable Engineering MS program
Develop a comprehensive understanding of the many facets of sustainability. In as little as one year, this sustainability degree will teach to you apply sustainability science principles to any field to help solve the world’s grand challenges—including pollution, food scarcity, public health crises, and more.Learn more about the Sustainable Systems MS program
December 21, 2021
NYSP2I selects eight statewide recipients for 2021-2022 Community Grants Program
The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute has announced selections for its 2021-2022 Community Grants Program as part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to continue improving the health and environmental quality of New York state.
December 16, 2021
RIT involved in development of state hub for battery innovation
RIT’s Battery Prototyping Center will be part of New Energy New York, a state hub for new battery innovation, manufacturing, and workforce development. The hub, led by SUNY Binghamton, received funding for the first phase of development to expand the battery technology and energy storage sector.
December 9, 2021
GIS awarded $3.5 million from the REMADE Institute to advance circular economy technologies
The REMADE Institute (REMADE) selected four projects for award that were proposed by GIS researchers, a funding award totaling $3.5 million. Research will see GIS developing circular economy solutions in partnership with the companies Autodesk, BigBattery, BorgWarner, Caterpillar, and Nike, among others.
December 6, 2021
RIT students to design Community Center in Farmington
WROC-TV features a project partnering Cobblestone Arts Center with graduate students from the Golisano Institute for Sustainability.
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