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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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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.

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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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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.

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Data science for a better planet

One of the first Rochester students to graduate with a BA in data science, Ulrik Soderstrom ’16, ’17 (MS) is combining his love of math and computers with a passion for environmental sustainability and renewables.

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Summer 2017 sustainability internships

Spend your summer working with faculty on sustainability research and course development projects, and with administrators on projects that contribute directly to a more sustainable campus.

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Recycling gives glasses new life

It's an increasingly visual world; imagine being without your sight. How would you function? Your old eyeglasses can give the gift of sight to someone less fortunate. Departments can compete to collect the most cast-off spectacles, and to create the most "eye-catching" container. Download the poster.