Area of Study
Environmental Studies and
It’s one thing to be a champion of the environment. It’s another to lead by example and pioneer the solutions that lead to real environmental preservation. That’s what you’ll find at RIT.
We are one of the world’s greenest universities. Everything we do–from LEED-certified buildings and solution-focused academic programs, to driving organizations toward sustainable practices and an aggressive 2030 carbon neutral pledge–is rooted in balancing the developmental needs of the present without compromising the necessities of the future.
Ranked among the nation’s top ‘green’ colleges
Princeton Review, 2022
Target year for RIT to achieve a carbon neutral campus
Student clubs focused on sustainability
Dynamic research centers that operate 84,000-square-feet of space for modeling, testing, and prototyping.
Entrepreneurial Solutions for Environmental Problems
Millette is from Trinidad and Tobago, an island nation that needs a way to manage a waste problem in a country with limited space. Millette is exploring if a circular economy can be the solution.
Carlos Diaz Acosta
Diaz Acosta's research in sustainable packaging led his class to a biodegradable solution. Developing corn-based packaging is not only being used to counteract the amount of food waste going into landfills, but also making the world a more sustainable place.
Education: A Powerful Tool for Sustainability
Moore is researching nanomaterials and their use in clean energy technologies. She’s sharing this knowledge with future generations, who have the power to impact the environment.
Kelly Fellner is still packing heat. The packaging science major has been on three winning RIT student teams in the past four years at the annual Paperboard Packaging Design Challenge. In 2018, she was part of the Packing Heat team that took first place for its subscription box filled with fiery sauces and treats.
All eyes were on international pharmaceutical giant Pfizer this past year as it raced to produce needed COVID-19 vaccines. Staff across the company—including Christopher Vollaro ’21 MS—played a role in the development and distribution process.