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University joins Climate Action 100+ in support of sustainable investing

Mon, 27 Jan 2020

Rochester is the sixth higher education institution in the nation to join this coalition of investment firms, pension funds, and institutional investors pushing corporations to take action on climate change.


Detecting microplastics first step in assessing environmental harm

Thu, 09 Jan 2020

Amid growing alarm over the plastic that pollutes our environment, biomedical and optics researchers are devising ways to quickly detect microplastics in drinking water to better understand their potential impacts on human health.


National award honors University’s ‘exceptional’ Horticulture and Grounds program

Wed, 13 Nov 2019

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) has recognized the University of Rochester’s Horticulture and Grounds staff with a national award for exceptional grounds maintenance.


Farm-to-University: Local foods programs support community, sustainability

Thu, 31 Oct 2019

Autumn’s Harvest Farm is one of the University’s newest local food suppliers, providing sustainable pork, beef, and eggs to campus dining centers. The growth of local and responsible food purchasing has led to recent awards for University Dining Services.


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.