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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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Save the date: E-Cycle Day

E-Cycle Day is a registered America Recycles Day event which enables the University community to safely and conveniently recycle unwanted personal electronics. This event is free to University of Rochester employees and students and there is no limit to the number of electronics you can bring. The event will be held November 11 from 6:30 am to 1:00 pm in at the south end of Park Lot. download poster >>

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University earns Silver rating for sustainability efforts

The University’s initiatives and research in sustainability have earned a STARS Silver Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). The program is the most widely recognized framework in the world for reporting information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance.

Fate of marine carbon confirms importance of polar oceans

A new study from earth and environmental studies assistant professor Thomas Weber shows that the polar seas are much better than other regions of the ocean at trapping carbon from marine plankton. “Understanding how this happens will certainly allow a more complete prediction of ocean responses to climate change.”

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Green milestones of note mark 2015-16 year

Zero-waste football, climate change research with China, ethanol conversion, expansive recycling efforts - these and more are evidence of the University's work towards sustainability.