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Sustainability

Learn. Lead. Conserve.

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.

Sustainability Overview

Our majors and minors in sustainability encourage undergraduates to explore sustainability with an interdisciplinary approach. We also offer a graduate certificate in sustainability, and our master's program in renewable and clean energy engineering attracts the best and brightest from around the globe.


Sustainability scholars across campus study various aspects of sustainability, including climate change, renewable and alternative energy, public policy, energy-efficient design and lean construction, the environment, food systems, religious practices and more.


A fair trade university, UD is part of the U.N. Global Compact, the Global Catholic Climate Movement, Second Nature's Resilience Commitment, Second Nature's Carbon Commitment and "We're Still In."


Gold STAR

Earned a gold STARS rating for our sustainability achievements

Cool School

Named a "cool school" by Sierra Magazine for our sustainability efforts

Top 10

Ranked top 10 for research and purchasing by the 2020 sustainable campus index

Sustainability Research

  • On Thin Ice
  • Jet Fuel From Junk
  • Water Towers: Roles and Woes
  • Climate Change and the Arctic Sea

    A study co-published by University of Dayton physicist Ivan Sudakov offers a model to better predict the effects of climate change on Arctic sea ice, which could improve climate models for predicting ice loss in the Arctic.

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    Jet Fuel From Junk

    That pizza box that was too cheesy to be recycled may still have a shot at a second life outside of a landfill — and in the fuel tank of your next flight.

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    Water Towers: Roles and Woes

    Environmental geologist Umesh Haritashya is one of 32 international scientists who contributed to research published in Nature that assessed and ranked glacier-based water systems, known as water towers, in order of their importance and vulnerability.

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