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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.


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In the news

Bigbelly brand recycling bins on the University of Rochester campus.

Poster design contest

Show yoUR pride and submit your designs in this Bigbelly solar trash unit beautification project. Contest details
Contest flyer

A group of advocates for addressing climate change hold up posters that say, "There is no planet B", "System change, not climate change", and "Our house is on fire!"

Clinical and Translational Science Institute joins Planetary Health Alliance

The University has made this move to better understand and address environmental and climate change issues, and open up a wealth of resources for University of Rochester researchers. Read the full story

Lake Ontario

University joins Climate Action 100+ in support of sustainable investing

In support of sustainable investing, the University of Rochester is now the sixth higher education institution in the country to join Climate Action 100+. This coalition of investment firms, pension funds, and institutional investors pushes the corporations that are the world’s largest greenhouse-gas emitters to agree to plans that will lower these emissions, be transparent about their operations, and take necessary action on climate change.
Read the full story

Rush Rhees Library with the STARS logo in front

University earns Silver rating

Rochester has again received a STARS Silver rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Rochester’s STAR Silver rating