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Sustainability

The University of Rochester aims to be a leader in promoting a sustainable society through our academic, education, research, patient care and health programs, in the operation of our campuses and facilities, and in our interactions with the community.

Read the Council on Sustainability Vision Statement



Shred Fest 2017

Shred Fest 2017

It's time for the annual Shred Fest: your chance to offload all that personal paperwork that is collecting dust, but which needs to be disposed of securely. Collection will be held in Zone 3 South (formerly Park Lot). Colored paper and file folders are accepted. Download the flyer

Dump and Run: give us your unwanted items for reuse next year

Dump and Run

Donate that microwave, dorm fridge or anything else you no longer need that's still in usable condition during this year's Dump & Run, May 13 and May 20. Your items will preserve landfill space and help support Grassroots. Download the flyer

Move-Out Cleanout 2017: Don't trash, donate!

Move-Out Cleanout

It's that time again—time to clean out your belongings at the end of the academic year. Move-Out Cleanout allows you to recycle or donate those belongings you don't want to pack or send home. Collections boxes will be available May 1–May 22. Download the flyer

Dash for Trash logo with hand holding a garbage bag

Dash for Trash

This year's Dash for Trash arrives April 21, just in time for Earth Day. Participants collect trash and recyclables as they travel across campus; donations of old sneakers are also being collected. Download the flyer for details.

students hoeing a garden plot

Students collaborate with city youth farmers for food justice

Students enrolled in a new course in Food Justice & Social Practice combine urban farming, food security, and socially engaged art. Meeting every Monday at the Gandhi Institute, the urban farmers established garden beds, built compost piles, and cleared space for a greenhouse.

trees on Wilson Quad

Seven straight years: University recognized as Tree Campus USA

“It is a great honor to be once again recognized as a Tree Campus USA,” said David Nelson, Manager of Horticulture & Grounds. The University’s arboretum and grounds include more than 1,400 trees of 116 different species.