The first doctoral degree in sustainability will be offered by the Rochester Institute of Technology, which has received New York state approval for the green doctoral program.

The program being offered through the RIT Golisano Institute for Sustainability focuses on sustainable production. Its goal is to advance research and education in alternative energy development, sustainable design, green product development, industrial ecology and pollution prevention.

In announcing the program on October 8, RIT said it plans to admit students into the program immediately and is recruiting faculty and research associates. The institute said an initial grant from the Henry Luce Foundation made program development possible.

The Golisano Institute for Sustainability was founded in 2007 with a $10 million gift from B. Thomas Golisano, founder and chairman of Paychex Inc. and an RIT trustee. Other funding for the center came from the Chester & Dorris Carlson Charitable Fund, Xerox Corp, the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate, the institute said.