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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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E-cycle day poster
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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 Zone 3 South.

Game Day Recycling Challenge 2016
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This year's waste reduction and recycling competition will take place during our homecoming game vs. the Saint Lawrence Saints on October 8th. Instead of touchdowns, the GameDay Recycling Challenge competition is measured in pounds of material diverted through recycling, composting and via food donations versus the amount thrown away in the stadium and tailgate areas. For more information about this challenge please visit

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.