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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.

GREEN MEANS GO

STARS GOLD

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

NO. 18 COOL SCHOOL

UD was named the only Midwestern educational institution in the top 20 of Sierra Club's 2018 Cool Schools for sustainability and third among all U.S. Catholic colleges and universities

UD Makes Sierra's Top 20 Coolest Schools List

The University of Dayton is ranked No. 18 on Sierra magazine's "Cool Schools" list for displaying "a deep and thorough commitment to protecting the environment, addressing climate issues and encouraging environmental responsibility."

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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 05.07.19
Improving Access to Renewable Energy

The European Union has awarded University of Dayton researcher Bob Brecha a two-year, $200,000 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to work with Berlin-based Climate Analytics on bringing renewable energy to developing countries and examining the impact on areas accessing electricity for the first time. Only about 14 percent of applicants receive the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship.

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  • Lessons and Connections from AASHE 2018

    If we come together as a university, such a daunting task will become far more attainable. I am excited to bring what I have learned back to campus with me, and I am interested to see what the future of sustainability at UD holds.

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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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