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Constructing a More Sustainable Campus

Rensselaer has embraced sustainability as a way of life and is dedicated to ensuring the ol' red and white campus is forever green.

Solar-Powered Pasteurization System

Creating Sustainable Solutions in Haiti & Peru

Members of Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) are harnessing the strength of the sun to improve the situation of an impoverished Haitian school and jumpstart a new dairy industry in rural Peru.

Think Green

a Greener World

LEDs are semiconductors that convert electricity into light. The holy grail of solid-state lighting is a true white LED — and the key to true white LEDs is all about green.

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Red White and Green

Red White & Green (Rensselaer Magazine, Winter 2011)

A torrent of green thinking is sweeping over Rensselaer, leaving in its wake a new culture that marries the university's spirit of innovation with a strategic vision for a sustainable future.

Sustainability Charrette 2009

Sponsored by the President’s Office, the inaugural Rensselaer Sustainability Charrette — comprised of an interdisciplinary team of Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff — generated numerous ideas for projects and initiatives that could potentially be implemented at Rensselaer to improve the way we operate, educate, research and live in regards to sustainability.

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Sustainability at Rensselaer” Report

The Student Sustainability Task Force (SSTF) released their first “Sustainability at Rensselaer” report last year.

Researched, compiled and written by members of the SSTF, the report includes input from many members of the Rensselaer community, including vice presidents, deans, directors, faculty and staff.

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New Degree Program in Sustainability Studies

Feb. 2012—Rensselaer is launching a new undergraduate major in sustainability studies through the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. The new major, which results in a B.S. in Science and Technology Studies (STS)-Sustainability Studies, is an option that crosses disciplinary boundaries by design at the nation’s oldest technological university.

The B.S. in STS-Sustainability Studies weaves together techniques and insights from the humanities and social sciences with knowledge from the natural sciences and engineering to address environmental problems.

From the humanities and social sciences, students learn the history of environmental thought and law, and study current environmental controversies, sustainable pathways, and design.

They also complete a “technical option”—a suite of four courses, in disciplines such as biology, geology, or physics, to develop technical expertise.

Students can also minor in STS-Sustainability Studies. Learn More

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