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Hanley Sustainability Institute

Passion and Purpose

Through deepening existing partnerships and developing many new partnerships on and off campus, the Hanley Sustainability Institute is working with the University and Dayton community to make progress towards our goal of a more sustainable campus and community and becoming a leader in sustainability education. In 2019, the University added sustainability undergraduate degrees to go along with the existing sustainability minor and graduate certificate.

Nationally Recognized


UD ranks in the top 2 percent of all AASHE STARS-rated schools; first in Ohio and second among all U.S. Catholic colleges and universities


UD again named the only Midwestern educational institution in the top 20 of Sierra Club's Cool Schools for sustainability and third among all U.S. Catholic colleges and universities

Back-to-Back Honors
UD Makes Sierra's Top 20 Coolest Schools List

For the second straight year, the University of Dayton is ranked in Sierra magazine's "Cool Schools" list. UD is the top-ranked school in the Midwest and ranks third among all U.S. Catholic colleges and universities. 

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Latest News
Sustainability 08.21.19
All invited to “Sustainability Delusion” conversation

The planet cannot sustain human life indefinitely without major changes, so tomorrow’s leaders should be educated with new methods to advance the common good, according to the Hanley Sustainability Institute’s executive director. To advance that idea, a cross-discipline discussion is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the Sears Recital Hall at the University of Dayton.

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Sustainability 08.28.19
Students invited to Women in Energy Workshop

Area female high school and college students can learn about clean energy careers from women in the field, network and discover professional opportunities during a Women in Energy Workshop in September.

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Sustainability 08.08.19
Solar prairie blooms into a 'living laboratory'

In less than two years, the University of Dayton has transformed the front lawn of Daniel J. Curran Place into a “living laboratory” dedicated to sustainability. A solar array was installed in 2018 and a pollinator prairie was planted under those panels this spring. Those projects work hand in hand, according to Hanley Sustainability Institute student leader Elise Erhart. The solar prairie is the among the first in Ohio.

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Sustainability 05.17.19
Bachelor's Degrees in Sustainability

The University of Dayton board of trustees today approved bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in sustainability, which students can start in August 2019. According to a 2017 report published by the Environmental Defense Fund and Climate Corps, the number of sustainability jobs has increased by about 1 million in the last six years.

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  • Sustainability Events Calendar

    Join our project teams, campus partners, invited speakers and more for engaging events that inform and inspire.

    Upcoming sustainability events

    UD Achieves STARS Gold

    The University of Dayton earned its first gold rating for its sustainability achievements in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS).

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