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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



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Science and Sustainability Seminar Series

The seminar series takes place Wednesdays during September, with all sessions starting at 3:25 p.m. in Gavett Hall, Room 301.

  • September 6: Beth Kinne, associate professor of environmental studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, “Seeking Predictability in an Unpredictable World: The Science-Policy Interface in Water Resource Management”
  • September 13: Susan Brown, professor of horticulture at Cornell University,  “Breeding for Adaptation to Climate Change in Fruit and Vegetables at Cornell”
  • September 20: Tom Drennen, professor of economics and environmental studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, topic to be determined
  • September 27: Heidi Roop, strategic communications lead for the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington, “Connecting Science to Society through Coproduction and Effective Communication”
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The art of preserving opportunity

The core of sustainability is the “long-term preservation of opportunities to live well,” says philosopher Randall Curren. His new book Living Well Now and in the Future: Why Sustainability Matters, cowritten with geologist Ellen Metzger, argues that sustainability isn’t solely the domain of science, but a problem of social coordination.
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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 Friday, July 21, in Zone 3 South (formerly Park Lot). Colored paper and file folders are accepted.
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Engineering students travel to Dominican school to build clean water system

Engineers Without Borders partners with the Escuela Taller Santa Maria Josefa Rossello school to provide clean drinking water for the more than 400 pre-K-through-8th grade students.
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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.
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