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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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Workshop Promotes Sustainability in the Classroom

The Genesee Workshop, which assists faculty in incorporating sustainability language and concepts into courses, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 16. Participants are eligible to receive reimbursement for up to $600 in curriculum-related expenses. Instructional faculty and staff interested in participating should submit a one-page description of how you might modify an existing course, or develop a new one, to Karen Berger (earth and environmental sciences) or Indrani Singh (CETL) by February 19.

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RecycleMania returns

During this 8-week period of the RecycleMania competition, colleges compete to see who can recycle the most materials and produce the least amount of waste.Weekly updates on each school’s rankings are given to allow participants to better channel their competitive sides.To enhance the University of Rochester’s efforts in 2016, Facilities Team Green is revving up the collective competitive spirit by working with Dining Team Green, GreenSpace, Engineers for a Sustainable World, Grassroots, EcoReps, and GlobeMed as the event planning committee.

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Antibiotic-free chicken now on the menu

University Dining Services has announced that by June 2016, all chicken served on River Campus and at the Eastman School of Music will be antibiotic free, without additional costs to students or customers. Learn more...

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Rochester earns Bicycle Friendly University Bronze Award

The University of Rochester has been recognized with a 2015 “Bicycle Friendly University Bronze Award,” presented by the League of American Bicyclists. The Bicycle Friendly University program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bikeable campus.
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Is chemical exposure linked to poor infant vaccine response?

Early life exposures to toxic chemicals such as PCBs and DDT dampen an infant’s response to the tuberculosis vaccine, according to a new study from the University's Environmental Health Sciences Center. Learn more...