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Building a sustainable world.

The University of Dayton is a leader in sustainability efforts, and we're committed to making the world a better place — for everyone.

Our work toward a more sustainable world crosses disciplines, programs and divisions. Facilities are greener. Dining Services runs what is thought to be the largest food-composting program in the nation. And we're a charter participant of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating (STARS) system.

Through our Hanley Sustainability Institute, we have developed innovative, transdisciplinary projects that have made a visible, positive impact on the campus and surrounding community. With community partners, we established Lincoln Hill Garden, an urban farm on a former vacant lot in East Dayton. And with the Green Revolving Fund, we’re changing the way we operate – literally. This program invests funds into green projects, and once the project pays for itself, we use the savings to invest in another sustainable project. By identifying areas to conserve energy, we’re on pace to save more than 900,000 kWh in the next year. That’s the same as the yearly usage of 83 homes combined.

UD's master's program in renewable and clean energy attracts the best and brightest from around the globe, and our sustainability studies program focuses on solving sustainability issues through collaboration across several academic disciplines. Students can also participate in programs like ETHOS and the River Stewards to extend their impact beyond the classroom and into the community. 

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