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May 2, 2015Imagine RIT - Innovation and Creativity FestivalA campus-wide event that showcases the innovative and creative spirit of RIT students, faculty and staff. Visitors experience the breadth and depth of RIT through interactive presentations, hands-on demonstrations, exhibitions, and research projects set up throughout campus. Inflatables, games and multiple performance stages with live music and entertainment are also a hit with visitors of all ages. Held annually each spring, Imagine RIT is the kickoff to Rochester’s rich festival season. RIT campus, Rochester, NY, May 2, 2015, from 10 AM to 5 PM, rain or shine. Free and open to the public!
Apr 17, 2015Sustainable Benefits of 3D PrintingMark Krystofik Ph.D., Senior Program Manager at the Center of Excellence in Sustainable Manufacturing, will present an overview of the innovative ways companies are using 3D printing to promote sustainable manufacturing. While in the NYC area, Dr. Krystofik will be meeting with companies to discuss their manufacturing challenges. If you would like to set up a time to talk with Dr. Krystofik, simply send an email to
Dec 10, 2014Technology Forum: 3D Printing Applications for ManufacturingSee first-hand the latest technology in 3D printing, talk to the experts, and learn when and how to apply additive manufacturing to your industry. Guest speakers include Sean Whittaker, President & CEO of Incodema 3D; Andy Lucibello, Area Sales Manager of EOS of North America; and Dr. Mark Krystofik, Senior Program Manager for the Center of Excellence in Sustainable Manufacturing. This is a free event with registration, seating is limited.
Oct 3, 2014Grand Opening of the Digital Manufacturing & Product Realization LabRIT and the Golisano Institute for Sustainability will celebrate the grand opening of the Digital Manufacturing & Product Realization Lab on October 3 at 1:00 PM. This lab, located on the fourth floor of Sustainability Hall on the RIT campus, is a collaborative makers’ facility that features state-of-the-art equipment and leverages the extensive resources and experience of RIT research scientists and sustainability experts.
Oct 3, 2014Manufacturing Day 2014The Golisano Institute for Sustainability will host a Farm to Fork Solutions Forum focused on helping inform and promote food and beverage manufacturing companies in the Rochester/Finger Lakes region of New York State. The event is part of the nationwide Manufacturing Day 2014 celebration, and is being conducted by FuzeHub, a statewide initiative to grow New York State manufacturing companies. Two GIS research centers, the Center of Excellence in Sustainable Manufacturing and the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, will also participate in the Solutions Forum.


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Mar 12, 2015SAFE Energy Security PrizeSecuring America’s Future Energy (SAFE) has announced the second installment of the SAFE Energy Security Prize. The Prize is designed to support the critical efforts of companies whose ingenuity, leadership, and perseverance are poised to advance American energy security by helping to end U.S. oil dependence. The winner of the 2015 SAFE Energy Security Prize will receive $125,000. All submissions are due by April 10, 2015. Semifinalists will be announced May 11, 2015 and the winners will be announced at an event on June 23, 2015.
Feb 12, 2015White paper from COE-SM on Conformal Cooling for industry"Conformal Cooling", a relatively new and promising alternative to conventional mold cooling path design in the injection molding industry, is the subject of a new white paper from the Center of Excellence in Sustainable Manufacturing (COE-SM). Click the headline to read the white paper which provides a concise, but detailed, technical overview of conformal cooling theory and practice authored by Melissa Hall and Dr. Mark Krystofik of COE-SM.
Jan 21, 2015Industry Articles on Sustainable ManufacturingThe Center of Excellence in Sustainable Manufacturing has launched a database of industry related articles on Sustainable Manufacturing. The database allows you to search by category, keywords or article titles. Visitors can rate the articles after reading. The database will be updated on a regular basis with new articles.
Dec 2, 2014RIT's Nabil Nasr named to United Nations panelNabil Nasr, director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, has been named to the United Nation’s International Resource Panel, widely considered the most authoritative scientific forum for scientists and experts working in the area of natural resource management.
Dec 1, 2014RIT Remanufacturing featured on MSNBCMSNBC talks with Nabil Nasr, Associate Provost and Director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, and Deborah Stendardi, Vice President for Government and Community Relations, about how remanufacturing is helping the economy and changing industrial practice.
Dec 1, 2014RIT professors study nation's electricity gridEric Hittinger and Eric Williams are researching the best way to produce and utilize America's electricity with a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Nov 21, 2014Rochester Institute of Technology's Path to Carbon NeutralGuest essay by Enid Cardinal, Senior Sustainability Advisor to the President, on RIT's participation in Chevy's Clean Energy Campus Campaign.
Nov 3, 2014The Next Step in Sustainable ManufacturingTaking the next step involves exploring how to design sustainability into your machines, conveyance and information infrastructure. Though manufacturers don't get many opportunities to build completely new plants, they do often get model changes or other chances to make incremental change. This article addresses minimizing negative environmental impacts. While there are many ways to negatively impact the environment, they essentially fall into two categories: introduction of harmful elements into the environment; and excessive or unnecessary consumption of limited resources.
Oct 31, 2014Understanding Environmental Sustainability in ManufacturingManufacturers planning a long-term future must go down the sustainable manufacturing path, if they are going to survive. According to the leader of CSIRO's Sustainable Manufacturing, Future Manufacturing Flagship, Sarah King, "Sustainable manufacturing is all about being resource efficient, and that can be about reducing costs, which can be about reducing the amount of materials from an input perspective or reducing the cost in terms of disposal costs. Companies should look at adding value to their waste streams. One of CSIRO's latest projects, Aspire, looks at how we can connect companies to look at recycling and remanufacturing opportunities as opposed to sending stuff to landfill, and paying for it."
Oct 29, 2014Rochester area talent helps rebuild fuel-cell industryAmerican Fuel Cell exemplifies a shift that's happening in Rochester's fuel-cell industry; a handful of start-up companies and university professors are working to develop technologies that will lead to cheaper, more efficient, and more practical cells.
Oct 22, 2014Chevy picks RIT for carbon emissions reduction campaignThe Rochester Institute of Technology has been selected among 12 colleges and universities to help promote Chevrolet's Campus Clean Energy Campaign, which seeks to reduce carbon emissions across campuses nationwide.
Oct 21, 2014Supply-chain fixes are the secret sauce for three NY companiesSustainable organizations can become preferred business partners, thanks to the demand for sustainable suppliers. Organizations that integrate sustainability into their operations likely will generate more revenue, retain and potentially create jobs, and reduce the risk of jeopardizing potential business.
Oct 10, 2014Trash to Treasure: A New Sharing Economy Launches in DetroitThe Reuse Opportunity Collaboratory Detroit initiative brings together Michigan institutions, businesses, and entrepreneurs to develop zero-waste partnerships in which one organization’s waste becomes another’s raw material. Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s CEO Michael A. Finney referred to ROC Detroit as a groundbreaking effort to support sustainable manufacturing while growing Michigan’s economy and creating jobs.
Oct 9, 2014Lowering GHG Emissions From 'Field to Fork'PE International has launched a Food and Feed life cycle inventory database that aims to help companies lower greenhouse gas emissions generated by food production. The database provides companies with information from “field to fork” on crops, animals, food manufacturing products and by-products and major commodities raised, harvested and productized across the globe. The analytics garnered from the Food and Feed database help manufacturers and retailers drive improvements throughout the supply chain, PE International says. It helps companies reduce their carbon footprint and lower energy demand and production costs.
Oct 9, 2014Fourteen teams to submit preliminary proposals for Communities of ExcellenceFourteen multidisciplinary teams are preparing to submit preliminary proposals on Oct. 13 for the next phase of the selection process for UB’s Communities of Excellence. Charles Zukoski, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, says that Communities of Excellence are an important part of the UB 2020 vision to further develop the capacity of the university to undertake multidisciplinary research, education and engagement. Presentation topics include the Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robot Technologies (SMART) Institute.
Oct 3, 2014RIT celebrates Manufacturing Day with the Grand Opening of their Digital Manufacturing & Product Realization LabOn October 3 the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Golisano Institute for Sustainability unveiled a new multimillion-dollar, high-tech lab designed to help companies and independent innovators convert their ideas into prototypes and ultimately new products. This state-of-the-art lab is located in Sustainability Hall on the RIT campus.