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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, and the University earned a gold STARS rating for our sustainability achievements.

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."


Sustainability Research

  • Arctic Algae
  • Glacial Findings
  • Sustainable Jet Fuel
  • Arctic Algae

    The National Science Foundation awarded two UD researchers a three-year, $201,655 grant to predict the growth and movement of large algae blooms in the Arctic Ocean, related to that region's warming climate. The interdisciplinary project combines artificial intelligence, theoretical physics and biology.

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    Glacial Findings

    Environmental geologist Umesh Haritashya recently published two separate studies -- one on melting glaciers, and one on the 2021 Himalayan Landslide -- that provides critical insights on disaster governance, sustainable development and other issues.

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    Waste Not, Want Not

    The world is one step closer to turning waste into sustainable aviation fuel, thanks to research by Josh Heyne, national expert on sustainable aviation fuel, and graduate student Zhibin Yang.

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