We Practice What We Preach.

Our school colors are red and blue, but we like to see ourselves as green.

We're working to reduce our carbon footprint. We're building greener buildings. Students from any major can minor in SEE (Sustainability, Energy and Environment). At the graduate level, we partnered with three other institutions to offer the state's first master's degree in clean and renewable energy.

And in our laboratories, we're fast-tracking the development of alternative and renewable energy. The University of Dayton Research Institute is partnering with the Air Force Research Laboratory to operate the country's first federal research facility that creates jet fuel from coal and biomass. We're leading a statewide collaboration of 15 universities dedicated to clean energy research and development.

As a Catholic Marianist university, we strive to be faithful stewards of our environment. Our unofficial motto? Learn. Lead. Conserve.

Learn. Lead. Conserve.

If we want to make sustainability as second nature as riding a bike, we have to make it relevant across a wide variety of subjects. That's where the sustainability, energy and the environment (SEE) initiative comes in.

Through SEE, engaged undergraduate students, faculty and staff work toward building a stronger, more environmentally sustainable future for the University and surrounding community.

At the graduate level, students in the new renewable and clean energy program are working to develop better solar energy, fuel cells, biofuels and other energy sources. It's the only program of its kind in the state.

In the Rivers Institute, students are helping to design a Rivermobile — a traveling watershed education laboratory. And in the Industrial Assessment Center, engineering students have conducted more than 800 energy audits for companies. The savings? About half-a-billion dollars.

Whether you get involved with the River Stewards, ETHOS, Sustainability Club or the Roots and Shoots chapter, conduct sustainability-focused research or earn a SEE minor, you'll find ways at the University of Dayton to make the environment even greener.


University of Dayton researchers are dedicated to developing new sources of clean, alternative energy.

We conduct millions of dollars in sponsored research annually in virtually all areas of energy — wind energy, fuel cells/batteries, algae, coal-to-liquid fuels and other clean, alternative energy research. Our scientists are leading synthetic fuel efforts at a one-of-a-kind U.S. Air Force facility that converts biomass and other feedstock into jet fuel.

The von Ohain Fuels and Combustion Center in the School of Engineering is ranked by NASA among the top three fuels and combustion programs at national research universities, and the state of Ohio has named the University of Dayton a Center of Excellence in Fuels and Combustion.

We don't just excel in alternative energy research. One of our Fulbright scholars is conducting noteworthy research in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and another — tops in his field — is developing environmentally safer fire-resistant materials.

Creating a sustainable future is one of the world's greatest challenges. We're devoted to making the discoveries that will benefit humanity.

Waste Not. Want Not.

The numbers tell the story.

Every year, we turn more than 200 tons of food waste into mulch, fertilizer and potting soil. Welcome to Ohio's largest institutional food-scraps recycling effort and one of the largest university food composting efforts in the nation.

We're reducing landfill waste in other ways, too. Those recycling bins found all over campus collect more than 425 tons of paper cardboard, plastic and cans annually.

In the area of energy reduction, we've taken a lights-out approach in an ambitious campaign to reduce campuswide energy use by 10 percent. We've upgraded lighting systems, installed occupancy sensors, closed buildings not used as much during the summer, and programmed thermostats and heating and cooling systems to optimize savings. In all, we're saving more than $600,000 annually. That's how we improve existing facilities.

New construction? Our building contractors know we expect an eco-friendly approach. The $51 million GE Aviation EPISCENTER will be the University's first LEED-certified building, and five new student houses are certified as green buildings under the National Association of Homebuilders' national green building standard.

A Report Card for Life.

We call it the GreenHouse Effect.

In one of the most innovative initiatives on campus, some University of Dayton students receive a report card every month that details their energy usage — and how it stacks up against other houses on their block or throughout the student neighborhood.  Engineering students developed energy models for each of the hundreds of houses in the student neighborhood, while visual design students created an attractive energy report card. Staff, faculty and students teamed to offer tips on the statements for how to reduce energy consumption.

Our efforts across the board — from academic offerings to composting — have earned the University of Dayton inclusion in the Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges

We also were honored with a Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) bronze rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

For our planet, results are what matter.

Little Steps Can Make a Big Difference.

When we work together to protect and preserve the environment, we can make a difference. What's your passion? There are numerous ways to get involved:

• Recycle. (Even broken cell phones or used ink and toner cartridges. Email us to arrange pick up.)

• Join the Sustainability Club. Members educate the community about sustainable practices and the human costs of environmental problems. They work with the university to enhance sustainable practices and promote more green initiatives. They also raise money for community causes and perform community service with their partner — FEED Dayton.

• Become a River Steward. Students from all majors help conserve and promote the Great Miami River corridor.

• Participate in ETHOS (Engineers in Technical Humanitarian Opportunities of Service-Learning). Engineering students use their technical know-how and community-building skills to work on sustainable development projects, such as solar cookers and wood dryers in Bolivia and other developing countries.

• Live in a SEE (Sustainability, Energy and the Environment) learning-living community or student house. Students commit to living sustainably — and show their neighbors what it means to live green.

• Volunteer with the Marianist Environmental Education Center and help maintain a native prairie a short drive from campus.

• Participate in Move Out, an annual donations drive during spring final exams.

• Sign a "Graduation Pledge," promising to work to create a sustainable society for generations to come.

Your First Step Is to Connect.

Office of Sustainability

Kurt Hoffmann
Environmental Sustainability Manager
University of Dayton (College Park Center)
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-2904
Email Kurt Hoffmann

Curricular Initiatives

Bob Brecha (SEE minor)
University of Dayton (Science Center)
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-2364
Email Bob Brecha

Kelly Kissock (M.S., renewable and clean energy; Industrial Assessment Center)
University of Dayton (Kettering Laboratories)
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-0238
Email Kelly Kissock

Leslie King (River Stewards)
Coordinator of the Rivers Institute
University of Dayton (Zehler Hall)
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-1480
Email Leslie King

Research Initiatives

Mickey McCabe
Vice President for Research
University of Dayton (1700 South Patterson Building)
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-0102
Email Mickey McCabe