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Through the Hanley Sustainability Institute, the University's sustainability efforts are being extended campus-wide and into this community. Our distinctive, highly integrated approach prepares students to meet the growing demand for sustainability skills in the workplace. Leveraging existing programs, degrees and courses, such as the Environmental Biology and Geology degrees, the master’s degree in Renewable and Clean Energy, and an undergraduate minor in Sustainability, Energy and Environment (SEE), the Institute is making enormous strides to become a leader in sustainability education.

Over the last two years, HSI has developed a cross-disciplinary network of innovative people and projects, stimulating and supporting dynamic collaboration between the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, School of Education and Health Sciences, School of Business Administration, the University of Dayton Research Institute, and within the community.


  • energy and sustainable solutions
  • water resources initiatives
  • local food insecurity projects

Sustainability on Campus

A Tale of Two Compost Bins

How Facilities Management, Dining Services, and the Hanley Sustainability Institute work together to turn food waste into soil.

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Sustainability and the Community

Pay as You Throw

A University of Dayton student sustainability research project to encourage recycling and reduce landfill trash resulted in a proposed grant program to launch "pay-as-you-throw" waste management programs in Montgomery County, Ohio.

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Vectren Gift will Bear Fruit for Lincoln Hill Gardens

The University of Dayton Hanley Sustainability Institute, Mission of Mary Cooperative and East End Community Services will plant a fruit orchard at Lincoln Hill Gardens thanks to a $9,800 gift from Vectren.

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Fair Trade

National Fair Trade Leader

What started as a petition to replace a well-known chocolate company on campus, turned into service for a national committee.

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Investing in Research

STEM Catalyst Grants

The University of Dayton launched a new initiative to invest in and support faculty and student research across the sciences, engineering and mathematics at the University.

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Hanley Sustainability Institute

Fitz Hall 665 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2964