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University again receives high sustainability rating

Thu, 23 May 2019

The University of Rochester has earned a STARS Silver rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).


Rochester wins national GameDay Recycling Challenge for 2018

Thu, 17 Jan 2019

The University of Rochester is the national champion in the diversion category of the most recent National GameDay Recycling Challenge, the nation’s premier collegiate football waste reduction competition.


University earns silver ‘Bicycle Friendly’ award

Thu, 27 Dec 2018

The University has earned its first ever silver award as a bicycle friendly campus from the League of American Bicyclists. Awardees scored high on “Five E’s”—engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation.


Ethical advisory committee ensures responsible investing

Thu, 13 Dec 2018

The Ethical Investment Advisory Committee includes three full-time faculty members and three non-faculty members: an undergraduate, a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow, and a non-academic staff member.


What does a persistent bloom of algae indicate about the health of the planet?

Fri, 16 Nov 2018

Algae blooms known as red tides that plague the Gulf of Mexico have existed for millennia, but the cycles are now more frequent and intense, say Rochester alumni leading the effort to study their impact.


Dining Services grows its local foods program through partnership with Harvest Table

Tue, 14 Aug 2018

Dining Services is now one of a few college and university dining programs nationwide to embrace a fresh, customized “food first” philosophy through a new partnership with Harvest Table Culinary Group.


University Dining Services recognized for environmentally sustainable operations

Fri, 20 Jul 2018

The student-led Team Green program has earned a Gold Award from the National Association of College and University Food Services for its local and sustainable procurement practices.


Hot town, Summer Sustainability Fellows in the city

Wed, 18 Jul 2018

How will climate change affect the health and well-being of City of Rochester residents? This summer, students in a new sustainability fellowship program worked with city officials to help answer the question.


Compound could transform energy storage for large grids

Wed, 31 Jan 2018

University of Rochester chemists are working on changes to existing batteries to provide clean energy when the sun isn’t shining and the wind doesn’t blow.


Ocean waters prevent release of ancient methane

Wed, 17 Jan 2018

Environmental scientist Katy Sparrow ’17 (PhD) set out to discover whether ancient-sourced methane, released due to warming ocean waters, survives to be emitted to the atmosphere.