About GIS

The Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) is a multidisciplinary academic unit of the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, USA. The mission of GIS is to undertake world-class education and research missions in sustainability. Click here for driving directions (PDF).

GIS academic and research programs focus on sustainable production, sustainable energy, sustainable mobility, and ecologically friendly information technology systems. These programs are led by a multidisciplinary team of faculty and researchers who collaborate with organizations locally, nationally, and internationally to create implementable solutions to complex sustainability programs.

The Institute was founded in 2007 with a $10M grant from B. Thomas Golisano. The GIS Ph.D. program started in 2008 - offering the world's first doctorate in sustainable production. An M.S. Program in Sustainable Systems was approved and begun in 2010. The first GIS graduates received their diplomas in 2011.

Academic activities at GIS are complemented by five state-of-the-art research units:


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