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Date Event Summary
Sep 25-26, 20142014 World Remanufacturing SummitThe Third Annual World Remanufacturing Summit will be hosted by the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. This exciting conference rotates annually between Europe, Asia and the U.S. and is the foremost setting to address the latest technology trends in the field of remanufacturing. This event, held September 25-26 on the RIT campus, will offer keynote speeches, panel discussions, parallel sessions, tours and opportunities for attendees to connect and discuss topics of mutual interest. Speakers from across the world will share their visions, their missions, and their expertise and experiences with regards to remanufacturing technology.
Sep 24, 2014Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association Annual ConferenceThe annual conference of The Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA), titled "Remanufacturing and the Drive to Sustainable Mobility", will be co-hosted by the Golisano Institute for Sustainability on September 24 on the RIT campus. Senior executives from remanufacturing and sustainability will discuss topics ranging from finance and banking to sustainable mobility to the state of the industry and its future. Attendees are invited to participate in the 2014 World Remanufacturing Summit, which will begin the following day at the same location.
Sep 6, 2014Sustainability Hall to be featured in upcoming Big ShotBig Shot No. 30 is returning home to the Rochester Institute of Technology. Photographers aim to capture the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, Louise Slaughter Hall and the surrounding quad for the nighttime community photo project on Sept. 6.
May 3, 2014Imagine 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 3, 2014, from 10 am to 5 pm. Free and open to the public.
Apr 28-29, 2014Advanced Energy Conference 2014 to be held in Capital DistrictNew York State’s Advanced Energy Conference, Advanced Energy 2014, will hold its 8th annual conference in the Capital District this year. Based on past success, this will be a not-to-be-missed event. Advanced Energy 2014 is the ideal venue for your company to meet and interact with the researchers, technology innovators, regulators, policy makers, energy providers and business leaders who are shaping the future of energy in New York, the U.S. and around the world.
Apr 22, 20142014 Earth Day Event & Student CompetitionJoin us on Earth Day, April 22, 2014 for an exciting and educational morning for all ages! This day will feature the R&D Student Competition Exhibition, a K-12 Student Poster Competition, exhibits, guest speakers, and more. This event is sponsored by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute and will be held at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability on the RIT campus. Free and open to the public!
Apr 21, 2014Green Drinks RochesterJoin other environmentally-friendly minded folks in an informal setting to exchange ideas, share your latest sustainable innovations and projects, find employment leads and make new friends and contacts, over some drinks and appetizers. Sponsored by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute and SWBR Architects.
Apr 11, 2014The Business Value of Improved Environmental Performance in Metal FinishingThis webinar aims to discuss how improved environmental performance and sustainability are more than buzzwords. Presented in partnership by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) and the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI).
Mar 12-13, 2014NY-BEST’s Capture the Energy Conference set for March 12 & 13Capture the Energy is NY-BEST’s signature event! This conference will feature keynote presentations from global corporate leaders in energy storage, roundtable discussions with influential policy makers and technical panels exploring the latest developments in battery and energy storage technology. As we seek ways to modernize and strengthen the electric grid, install clean renewable energy, and green our transportation system, batteries and energy storage technologies are increasingly being looked to as part of the solution.
Nov 8, 2013National Science Foundation grant workshop set for Nov. 8This daylong session, arranged through the efforts of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, will provide an overview of the National Science Foundation, its mission, priorities, and budget. It will cover the NSF proposal and merit review process and NSF programs that cut across disciplines.
Oct 4, 2013RIT to host national Manufacturing Day forumThe Golisano Institute for Sustainability at RIT will host a forum on October 4, National Manufacturing Day, when university, business and political officials will gather to discuss the importance of manufacturing to the local economy and the need for a skilled workforce for area companies to remain competitive.
Jul 30, 2013Forum on supply chain sustainability scheduled at RITForum at Rochester Institute of Technology will feature advice and best practices from major companies such as Staples, IBM, and other organizations with leading sustainability programs.
Apr 11, 2013Golisano Institute for Sustainability to host 2013 Remanufacturing Industry RoundtableThe Remanufacturing Industries Council and the Golisano Institute for Sustainability will host a roundtable to bring together leaders in remanufacturing from all business sectors to work together on identifying and overcoming the challenges facing this important industry. The theme of this event is “Working together to grow the remanufacturing industry”.

News

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Jul 25, 2014RIT receives nearly $100,000 for fuel cell researchRochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) has received nearly $100,000 from the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to fund the final phase of fuel cell research designed to create a prototype residential power system.
Jul 25, 2014NY charges ahead on electric vehiclesNew York State has announced that more than 360 charging stations will be installed as part of the Charge NY initiative, an effort to create a network of 3,000 such stations and get 40,000 plug-in vehicles on the road by 2018.
Jul 25, 2014Grant to help RIT researchers on electric grid workA research team at the Rochester Institute of Technology was awarded a $78,000 state grant for a project to improve economic and environmental costs of the state’s electric grid.
Jul 14, 2014RIT's Pollution Prevention Institute awards $455,000 in research and development projectsThe New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) has awarded approximately $455,000 to fund six research and development projects focused on applied research designed to stimulate solutions that will help New York state companies remain competitive while reducing their environmental footprint.
Jul 11, 2014RIT Center for Remanufacturing and Resources Recovery Adopts Optomec LENS Print EngineOptomec has announced that its LENS Print Engine for metal components has been adopted by the Center for Remanufacturing and Resources Recovery (C3R) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
Jul 10, 2014Food waste is so yesterday — think biogas insteadAn increasing number of sewage treatment plants in the U.S. and Europe are processing food waste in anaerobic biodigesters, keeping more garbage out of landfills, reducing methane emissions, and producing energy to defray their operating costs.
Jul 7, 2014Redefining SustainabilityThose involved in procurement and the supply chain have witnessed sustainability evolve into a major part of the agenda for many organizations. Chief procurement officers and others in senior leadership now count sustainability issues among their top priorities. And the benefits of focusing on sustainability include not only risk management and brand protection—the related benefits can also extend to an organization’s bottom line and even its longevity.
Jul 7, 2014Nonferrous Metal Recycling in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated"As research continues to demonstrate the energy efficiencies and cost benefits of using recycled metals in industrial production, manufacturers have increasingly replaced raw materials with reprocessed inputs," according to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Leah Goddard. This trend has been exacerbated by new environmental standards encouraging the use of recycled materials to decrease industrial waste and carbon emissions.
Jul 3, 2014Will the U.S. See a Major Manufacturing Revival?According to the WSJ's Robert Plant, an "early indicator of the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing is the awakening of students to technology and its applicability to the production of material products. Business students are once again learning to code computers and refreshingly taking classes with engineering students. These millennials are creating physical products. They are a generation who rather than looking at careers in financial engineering are searching for meaningful careers in firms that innovate and engineer physical, low-carbon, sustainable products, preferably with 'Made in the U.S.A.' on the label."
Jun 26, 2014N.Y. bill would incentivize cellulosic fuels, biomass pellets.On June 19, the New York Assembly voted to pass a bill that aims to amend the state’s tax law to provide tax credits for the production of cellulosic ethanol, densified biofuel and renewable fuel oil. The bill would authorize a 25 cent-per-gallon tax credit for the production of cellulosic ethanol or renewable fuel oil after the first 40,000 gallons per year presented to the market. It would also provide a $15-per-bone-dry-ton tax credit for densified biofuel after the first 10,000 tons per year.
Jun 17, 2014CornBoard Panel Put To Use in Skis and SnowboardsCorn Board Manufacturing Inc., makes panel, board, and manufactured products from corn stalks. Located in Frisco, TX, Corn Board Manufacturing's CornBoard is a structurally engineered board product using the leftover corn-stover after cornfields have been harvested.
Jun 17, 2014HP Hood Converts Fuel Oil to CNG.HP Hood’s plant located in Lafargeville, New York is converting from fuel oil to compressed natural gas (CNG) as a boiler fuel. According to the company, CNG is much less expensive than fuel oil, therefore the new technology will make the plant more competitive. After the conversion, the plant will emit 26 percent less CO2, much less SO2 and NOx, and almost no particulates.
Jun 17, 2014Shovel-Ready CPV Valley Energy Center Promises Powerful Economic Uplift for Region & State.With the approval of a PILOT agreement with the Orange County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) last Thursday (6/12), the CPV Valley Energy Center obtained the last major approval it needs for moving forward with its natural gas-powered electric generation project that can deliver significant benefits across the region and New York state. The 650 megawatt (MW) project will generate enough clean, low emission electricity to power more than 600,000 New York homes.
Jun 16, 2014Waste-to-toys: the growing market for eco-friendly, high-quality toysLuke’s Toy Factory, located in Danbury, CT, is part of a larger waste-to-toys effort within the toy industry to make high quality, eco-friendly products from recyclable, organic materials, all domestically, within the states. The largest and first player in the US market, Green Toys Inc., (Sausalito, CA) makes toys from recycled plastic milk bottles devoid of BPA, PVC or phthalates.
Jun 16, 2014Two Million Tons Of Tomatoes For Bioplastics: Ford & Heinz Team UpHeinz and Ford have collaborated to produce a new bioplastic made from inedible tomato by-products: peels, stems, and seeds. The new sustainable material is being used to replace petroleum-based plastic in several automotive components.
Jun 16, 2014Tesla Motors Founder Demonstrates Sustainable CEO LeadershipTesla Motors founder Elon Musk has once again demonstrated business leadership by offering a business solution to climate change. Musk’s act of leadership is to open-source his company’s invaluable intellectual property for building world-class electric cars to the global auto industry.
Jun 2, 2014Remanufacturing Key to Sustainable Supply ChainsRemanufacturing — restoring used or worn products to like-new condition — is an area of growing opportunity for supply chain and operations management professionals, APICS Foundation says. Previously segmented to specific areas of the B2C supply chain, like customer service, remanufacturing has established a place in both B2C and B2B supply chain models and is expanding significantly as additional markets accept and trust the "as good as new" concept.
May 20, 2014Local scientists get state funding for clean energyA team of scientists at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability is among three groups in the Rochester area that have been selected for funding by the New Energy Xcelerator in UpState NY (NEXUS-NY), a proof-of-concept center established to commercialize clean-energy ideas.
May 19, 2014Three tactics that make product sustainability leaders stand outCompanies committed to product sustainability enjoy the benefits of manufacturing cost savings, brand enhancement, employee engagement and other important financial and organizational value. A study released by Pure Strategies, "Path to Product Sustainability," discovered that companies achieving widespread benefits from their product sustainability programs share a common set of tactics that set them apart from other companies.
May 19, 2014Ford Dearborn Truck Plant Celebrates 10 Years of Sustainable ManufacturingFord Motor Company is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its groundbreaking Dearborn Truck Plant. As the centerpiece of Ford Rouge Center, Dearborn Truck Plant was conceived as Ford's vision of sustainable manufacturing and has served as flagship for the company's next generation of lean and flexible plants.
May 19, 2014Recycling firm adds bottle washing capabilityRecycling company Poly Recovery unveiled a new plastic wash plant at its Pease International Tradeport headquarters Monday, enabling the firm to recycle used drink bottles for the first time. Before now, used bottles were being trucked to recycling facilities in other states. "Not only does the wash facility open doors to more types of plastic waste streams we can divert from landfills, it will create more sustainable jobs in New England, reduce the carbon footprint of truck traffic leaving the region, as well as provide local American manufacturers with the cleanest and cost effective recycled resin possible," said founder and CEO John Pelech.
May 5, 2014Life Cycle Assessment: an Introduction to Concepts and ApplicationsA life cycle analysis (LCA) is an internationally accepted methodology for analyzing the environmental impacts of a process, product or activity along its "life cycle". This type of analysis encompasses the extraction of raw materials, manufacturing of a finished product, maintenance and performance in service and the subsequent disposal or recycling of the item at the end of its service life and can be referred to as "Cradle-to-Grave". They have become more popular as manufacturers seek to improve their sustainability and supply more environmentally friendly products. They also allow informed decisions to be made when comparing two products, processes or services on the basis of their environmental impact.
May 5, 2014Ceres to Corporations: You’re Gaining Ground, But Pick Up the Pace.Too much talk, not enough walk. That's one way to sum up a recent report from Ceres and Sustainalytics on just how well 613 of the country's largest publicly-traded companies are integrating sustainability concerns into business decision-making. The authors paint a picture — thoroughly backed with meticulous analysis — of a corporate world caught flat-footed in the accelerating race against climate change. While there were some standout actors and some modest gains across most areas under study, the authors contend that, overall, businesses are simply not moving fast enough to address sustainability concerns.
May 2, 2014Business park gets plauditsThe official opening this week of a $23 million battery and energy storage technology center at Eastman Business Park and the start of construction this fall on a $25 million biomaterials manufacturing center are among the latest transformations at the 1,200-acre site. Biomaterials manufacturing and energy storage are among four sectors of focus at the park. The third is functional films, or the ability to coat a solar cell or put touch-screen capabilities on a substrate. Photonics is the fourth.
May 2, 2014Eastman Recognized for Sustained Excellence at ENERGY STAR CeremonyEastman Chemical Company Eastman was recognized with an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award at the annual ceremony hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Eastman is the first chemical company to be recognized with the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award, following two consecutive years as ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2012 and 2013.
May 1, 2014RIT students probe the potential of micro-hydropower in buildingsCan the potential energy of water flowing through the pipes in everyday buildings be captured and harnessed? That's precisely what a team of student researchers in the Master of Architecture program at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability set out to prove.
May 1, 2014Monsanto Announces Aggressive Sustainability GoalsAs part of the 2014 Walmart Sustainability Expo, Monsanto's CEO Hugh Grant announced two new sustainability commitments for the world's largest agricultural chemical and biotech company. Rightfully, it believes that implementing new sustainability goals in the following two areas will not only help streamline its own overhead costs, but also contribute to U.S. and global efforts to conserve water and reduce carbon emissions.
Apr 30, 2014RIT named among the nation's leading 'green colleges' in Princeton ReviewRochester Institute of Technology, for the fourth consecutive year, has been named one of North America's greenest universities by The Princeton Review. The company's 2014 Guide to 322 Green Colleges evaluates colleges and universities on environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings.
Apr 30, 2014NY-BEST opens $23M energy storage centerThe New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology (NY-BEST) Test and Commercialization Center at Eastman Business Park held a grand opening event today. The $23 million, 18,000-square-foot facility is crammed with equipment and other resources to develop new energy storage products, everything from cell phone batteries to huge backup energy sources for industrial sites. The state chipped in $6.9 million for the center with the hopes that it'll lead to more energy storage companies setting up shop nearby and creating hundreds of jobs in the Rochester area. The support is just one aspect of a plan to help the state profit from the potentially huge renewable energy industry
Apr 25, 2014RIT sets record for research project fundingRochester Institute of Technology set a record in fiscal year 2013 for the number of projects receiving funding, with 397 researchers securing funding either as principal or co-principal investigators on active research. The project total represents a 12 percent increase over the previous year.
Apr 1, 2014RIT’s Center of Excellence receives significant increase in state budgetThe newly passed state budget includes a significant increase in funding for Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center of Excellence in Sustainable Manufacturing along with continued funding for the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, also located at RIT.
Mar 26, 2014RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability achieves LEED Platinum certificationThe Golisano Institute for Sustainability building has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council — the highest standard in the rating system. Platinum certification rates the GIS building among the top 1 percent of 'green' buildings in the U.S.
Mar 24, 2014Is 'Made in the USA' really the most sustainable way to manufacture?A 2012 Boston Consulting Group survey found that 37% of manufacturers with sales above $1 billion were planning to bring operations back to U.S. shores. Citing a closing wage gap, inefficient supply chains and lower U.S. energy prices, the report found the cost-benefit of offshore manufacturing was narrowing. But is domestic manufacturing more sustainable?
Mar 21, 2014$3 million lab to boost capability of RIT's Golisano InstituteThe Golisano Institute for Sustainability's estimated $3 million Makers Lab at Rochester Institute of Technology, scheduled to open in late 2014, will be a technology incubator intended to give local, national and global companies another way to grow their business — from startup to maturation.
Mar 21, 20143D printers create a blueprint for future of sustainable design and production3D printing may well be one of the most revolutionary technological advances that we have seen this century, and we believe the realm of possibility for 3D printing advancements is limited only by our imaginations. When we examine sustainable design and manufacturing, we view 3D printing as bringing a tremendously positive impact. The technology has not yet evolved to replace full manufacturing processes, but in its current nascent form it does cut down on prototyping, waste, and transportation emissions—opening the door for more sustainable business practices across a range of industries.
Mar 21, 2014Kodak Announces SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award WinnersThe SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award, sponsored by Kodak, has announced its first honorees in the United States and Canada, recognized for their outstanding efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of today's commercial printing industry. SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award winners Modern Litho in the U.S. and Sing Tao Canada are being recognized as users of KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates with robust environmental practices in place.
Mar 5, 2014Sustainable Manufacturing Approach Considers Human ElementSustainable manufacturing is an approach promoted by engineers at Oregon State University who have developed a new approach that begins on the factory floor. It then includes the total effects on the economy, environment and workers. This approach, they say, builds on previous approaches that considered various facets of sustainability. The researchers demonstrated the approach with the production of stainless steel knives, based on an industry project; but the general concepts could be replicated virtually anywhere.
Mar 13-15, 2014GIS Director invited to particpate in US NSF - China NSF Workshop on Sustainable ManufacturingGIS Director Dr. Nabil Nasr will be one of the invited participants in the US NSF - China NSF Workshop on Sustainable Manufacturing. The purpose of the workshop is for U.S. and China researchers to define high-priority sustainable manufacturing research objectives and identify related collaborative research project areas that are potentially fundable by both the U.S. NSF and NSFC in the near future. The workshop is being designed for broad and in-depth discussions of challenges, opportunities, and collaborations in critical areas of mechanical/chemical sustainable manufacturing. Participants by invitation only will be leading scholars and scientists from both countries. Wuhan, China, March 13-15, 2014.
Mar 3-5, 2014GIS Director to present keynote at International Conference on Industry Academia CollaborationGIS Director and RIT Associate Provost Dr. Nabil Nasr will present a keynote address at the International Conference on Industry Academia Collaboration to be held in Cairo, March 3 – 5, 2014. Dr. Nasr will be presenting “Sustainable Production and the Circular Economy” on the opening day of the conference, March 3, 2014.
Feb 25, 2014RIT to play key role in nation's first 'digital manufacturing' initiativePresident Obama has announced plans for the nation’s first Digital Manufacturing and Design Institute. Rochester Institute of Technology will play a key part in a new national consortium designed to help transform and bring innovations to U.S. manufacturing. As a core partner, RIT — through its Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS) and Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) — will be part of the nation’s first Digital Manufacturing and Design Institute.
Feb 25, 2014Officials applaud RIT's role in national consortium on digital manufacturingPolitical and business leaders from across the state are praising the key role the Rochester Institute of Technology will play in a new national consortium designed to provide a significant leap forward in digital design and manufacturing.
Feb 25, 2014Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association meeting held at GISThe Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) hosted a meeting of the Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association on February 25. This meeting explored the benefits of a collaboration between RIT's Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies and the RTMA in the area of promoting advanced manufacturing and rapid prototyping for manufacturers in the Finger Lakes area.
Feb 21, 2014Bioscience Center could create 600 jobsNYS Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $3 million in funding Thursday for a clean-energy project that could create 600 jobs at Eastman Business Park over the next several years. The Bioscience Center will have the capacity to make up to 30,000 tons of sugars annually from wood, plant material, and waste. Dr. Michael Haselkorn, professor at RIT's Golisano Institute for Sustainability, is quoted in this article.
Feb 13, 2014Novel Sustainable Method to Turn Waste from Paper Production into Solid FuelA new study, appearing in ACS' journal Energy & Fuels, reveals a sustainable way to turn the huge amounts of waste from paper production into solid fuel with the added bonus of diverting the sludge from overflowing landfills. The resulting product had a composition similar to coal. Importantly, the amount of energy that can be recovered from the fuel is higher than the energy required to make it. The researchers conclude that this method for making fuel is both sustainable and lends itself to commercialization.
Feb 10, 2014IndustryTech 2014 to Host Discussion on Achieving Smarter and More Sustainable BioeconomyIndustrial biotechnology has achieved spectacular progress as a key enabling technology in the field of Bioeconomy, a sustainable economy that utilises bio-resources as an input to industrial processes to help industries become more environmentally sustainable. The Bioeconomy offers Europe a unique opportunity to address complex inter-connected challenges, while achieving economic growth by encouraging a transition to a low-carbon economy by 2050.
Feb 5, 2014CRC Polymer Systems Plans New Manufacturing Facility In Sodus, NYCRC Polymer Systems, a plastics compounding company, will expand its manufacturing facility in Sodus, New York, adding 27 jobs in the town on Lake Ontario between Rochester and Syracuse. The new location will incorporate advanced material development, compounding and distribution of product from bulk railcar as well as packaged goods. In addition, CRC's business office and main compounding operation will be centralized in one location in Wayne County.
Jan 24, 2014Next-Gen Manufacturers Are Saving Money On EnergyWhether through creating their own electric generating capacity, driving good bargains with competitive suppliers, negotiating (perhaps for the first time) with their local utility, or managing their production process to take advantage of price signals in the energy marketplace, leading manufacturers are taking an active role determining the energy component of the costs of their products. The time has never been better, as fracking is driving down electric and gas prices, maturing renewable industries are making sustainable options more affordable, and competitive and regulatory pressures facing utilities mean manufacturing facilities with electric load needs are highly desirable customers. Next generation manufacturers are taking note.
Jan 22, 2014Cause For Optimism in Top Sustainable Business TrendsGreenBiz has just come out with its seventh annual State of Green Business Report, which pulls no punches in terms of bad news. The raw numbers are nothing to shout about, some important metrics are flat or even declining. However, GreenBiz sees plenty of cause for optimism in several significant areas that are not quantified. In particular, with the recent West Virginia chemical spill still fresh in our minds, we’d like to take a closer look at over-arching trend expressed by GreenBiz "…a growing recognition among the public that "sustainability" isn’t just about preserving icebergs, rainforests and charismatic megafauna. It is also about public health, community well-being, food security, affordable housing and alleviating poverty."
Jan 12, 2014Cracking the Myth of Sustainability in Concrete ConstructionThere is no straightforward, simple definition of what sustainability means to the construction industry. Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of today without destroying resources for the future. However, there are few tools or even metrics available that can help decision-makers select one construction material over another in relation to sustainability. There is a simple reason for that: the sustainability of concrete — the most widely used material in the world — is still a difficult concept to quantify.
Jan 13, 2014Technologies for SustainabilityReportbuyer.com just published a new market research report: Technology Enabled Sustainable Future. This report uncovers the sustainable future that could be realized by leveraging technologies. Technology benefits and their alignment to the sustainable objective helps realize various dimensions of sustainable future. By identifying technologies, their relevance to the strategic objective, citing case studies this report gives a picture of the growth path towards a sustainable environment.
Jan 10, 2014Aluminum industry continues to see sustainability gainsEnergy demand and greenhouse gas emissions associated with primary aluminum production in the United States and Canada have declined significantly in recent years according to a new, peer-reviewed life-cycle assessment (LCA) report released by the Aluminum Association. The study covers all life cycle impacts from aluminum production through semi-fabrication and finds major improvements, particularly in terms of more sustainable production. According to the report, the energy needed to produce a single metric ton of primary (new) aluminum has declined 11% since 2005 and 26% since 1995. The industry's carbon footprint has fallen even more dramatically, declining 19% since 2005 and 37% since 1995. A voluntary effort undertaken by the industry in the early 1990s with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reduced emissions of perfluorocarbons (PFC), a greenhouse gas, by nearly 85%.
Jan 1, 2014Sustainable production is central to the future of industryManufacturing hasn't developed at the same speed as environmental awareness. Despite investments in solar and wind-generated energy, these power sources simply aren't ready to take on more than a small portion of the energy needs of major manufacturers. This gap is a real problem for companies: Consumers expect sustainable product sourcing to be a top priority for the organizations to which they give their money, so it's vital for firms to align themselves with suppliers that will reflect well on the way the public perceives the brand.
Dec 17, 2013Energy Boom Driving a Sustainable Manufacturing RenaissanceThere has been a lot of news recently highlighting the U.S. energy boom and its impact on a manufacturing renaissance. Not to be forgotten in all of this good news, is the focus U.S. manufacturers are placing on growing sustainably. Across the country manufacturers are making investments in equipment and processes allowing goods to be produced more efficiently and with a commitment to reducing their environmental footprint.
Dec 16, 2013Sustainability, social awareness prove key to brand imageNew research suggests that brand image - particularly in the eyes of young consumers - is intimately linked to environmental and social awareness. Tax and audit company KPMG recently released a study that found 70 percent of consumers between the ages of 18 and 30 consider the sustainability of a given company when deciding whether or not they'll give that firm their business.
Dec 13, 2013Corning receives $30M in clean energy tax credit to expand production at new diesel plant in Southern TierCorning Inc. has received a $30 million 48C Tax Credit from the federal Departments of Energy and Treasury to build U.S. capabilities in clean energy manufacturing. The massive federal investment will allow the company to expand the manufacturing capacity of its diesel emissions control products facility in Erwin, N.Y.
Dec 6, 2013Incorporating Sustainability Across The Supply ChainSustainability is a hot topic in the food and beverage industry. As manufacturers seek to reduce costs and maintain customer loyalty, implementing sustainable practices can help to achieve these aims while at the same time ensuring that companies are playing a responsible role in their industry and society in general.
Dec 2, 2014GIS Director presents at World Reman SummitThe Second World Remanufacturing Summit in Shanghai was attended by GIS Director and RIT Associate Provost Dr. Nabil Nasr, who delivered the meeting's keynote address on December 3. Dr. Nasr's presentation, "Assessment of Remanufacturing Environmental and Energy Benefits – An In-depth Analysis," described remanufacturing as a process that can offer life-cycle energy benefits in the case of powered products. He presented detailed case studies involving the remanufacturing of printer cartridges and diesel engines—including the product characteristics that affect the life-cycle energy benefits of the two products. He also quantified the benefits of remanufacturing both of them. This Summit meeting was a follow-on to the initial World Remanufacturing Summit, which was held at the University of Beyreuth, Germany, last year. In 2014, the third Summit conference will be held at RIT and be hosted by GIS.
Nov 25, 2013Ethan Allen Achieves 'Sustainable By Design' RegistrationThe American Home Furnishings Alliance reported that Ethan Allen Global Inc. has successfully completed Sustainable by Design registration, awarded by the American Home Furnishings Alliance for the company’s continued environmental improvements. To enter the Sustainable by Design program, Ethan Allen first had to implement AHFA’s EFEC environmental management program at all of its domestic manufacturing facilities.
Nov 22, 2013Expert touts Rochester area's clean energy opportunityRichard Kauffman, chairman of energy and finance for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration, urges area business and community leaders to band together in support of clean energy, breaking down market barriers to energy efficiency and strengthening the region's economy.
Nov 20, 2013Ethanol production is proven to be sustainable for Colorado, U.S.Corn-based ethanol production has ensured both environmental and financial sustainability for farmers in Colorado.
Nov 5, 2013Sustainable Textiles Begin With a Sustainable Supply ChainThose in the industry working on environmental sustainability, such as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) and The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) have concluded that additional focus needs to be placed on lower-tier suppliers to best improve the environmental performance of the textiles and apparel industry.
Nov 5, 2013Fibres and fabrics: Sustainability set to be default option in futureUsing more sustainable alternatives to traditional fibres is critical for clothing and textile brands wanting to reduce their environmental footprint - and is set to be default option in future, experts say.
Nov 4, 2013Nabil Nasr to attend U.N. panel in NairobiThe International Resource Panel of experts works on issues such as sustainable consumption and production, socio-economic policies and trade and guides the United Nations on its environmental priorities.
Nov 4, 2013American Forest & Paper Association : RockTenn Wins 2013 Sustainability AwardRockTenn has been recognized by the American Forest & Paper Association as a leader in sustainability by winning an AF&PA 2013 Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Award.
Nov 4, 2013New York’s New Energy Leaders Debut at SyracuseCoE SymposiumThe SyracuseCoE is New York State's Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems. Its 2013 Annual Symposium, held Oct. 21-22, attracted more than 400 attendees—including industry practitioners, state and local officials, university faculty and students, and citizens—from throughout New York, more than 30 communities across the United States, and internationally.
Oct 29, 2013Effective Resource Utilization, Part IIIDiscusses practical ways to improve resource effectiveness in manufacturing operations.
Oct 29, 2013A Balancing Act: Jets, Sustainability And InnovationAircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has established extraordinarily stringent sustainability goals for 2025, which will mark its 100th anniversary in business. The company aims to reduce greenhouse gases and water use by 80 percent, with a particular effort on the water front in areas that have more scarce supplies. They aim to recycle a full 100 percent of waste produced in manufacturing, and will use no “materials of concern” in their products and processes. By aggressively holding suppliers to conservation targets, P&W hopes to create a supply chain that is equally conscious of the environment and of its own people.
Oct 22, 2013Chocolate Wrapped in Chocolate: A Sweet New Sustainable Paper!A paper manufacturer in the UK has developed a recycling process that turns waste from cocoa beans into paper. This new sustainable method, which is in production and certified for use in the food supply chain, could save the skins of the 3.5 million metric tons of cocoa beans each year.
Oct 10, 2013NRMCA Certifies First Gold Level Sustainable Concrete PlantThe National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has certified Unibeton’s New Port Plant in Doha, Qatar, at the Gold level in NRMCA's Sustainable Concrete Plant Certification Program. The program, designed to help concrete producers demonstrate excellence in sustainable manufacturing, includes quantitative, performance-based metrics to provide ready mixed concrete producers with specific guidance to assess their production practices and implement responsible sourcing strategies that will ultimately lower their overall environmental footprint.
Oct 9, 2013Manufacturing leaders to come together to uncover priorities and challengesThe 2013 Sustainable Manufacturing Symposium takes place on October 23 in Coventry, UK. The event aims to bring together leaders from the manufacturing community to uncover the strategic priorities of industry, learn from the achievements made to date, explore the environmental, social and economic challenges as well as discussing how to address these going forward. The event will uncover thought leadership and how leaders are embedding sustainability throughout their organizations to address significant future challenges.
Oct 8, 2013US Can Still Be The World's Solar Manufacturing LeaderThe US still has the opportunity to lead the world in solar manufacturing due to its ability to excel in technology innovation; scale of production will be a key factor to sustain growth without subsidies.
Oct 8, 2013Sustainability metrics and certifications: The Oeko-Tex STeP Certification for the textile industryIt has become obvious to all participants in the textile supply chain that transparency and sustainability for production facilities, no matter where they fit in the chain, are necessary to build resilience and credibility. This article describes a new approach in the development of a quality, systems-based, holistic and transparent framework for more sustainable textile supply chain factory certification.
Oct 7, 2013$4.4M federal grant for research coming to KansasResearchers at the University of Kansas have received a $4.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency to help develop sustainable manufacturing processes for chemicals. A major part of the project will be to identify what part of the manufacturing chain involves toxic materials.
Sep 26, 2013Sustainability Happens When People and Innovation CollideIn this final installment of a three-part Manufacturing Sustainability series, author Mark Coleman focuses on the integration of people and innovation to drive sustainable manufacturing.
Sep 23, 2013Radioactive: SUNY-ESF offers course on environmental-friendly manufacturing processThe Advanced Certificate program offered by SUNY’s ESF college features courses in radiation curing for the first time this fall. Radiation curing is used to bond materials and create waxy coatings and inks in an environmentally friendly manner, according to RadTech, the ultraviolet light and electron beam processing company that the school has partnered with to create the program.
Sep 23, 2013Reaching for SustainabilityU.S. pellet producers, land owners and other forestry organizations are heeding the call of international customers and local citizens to demonstrate how the pellet industry is addressing sustainability concerns.
Sep 19, 2013Using Operational Excellence to Achieve Sustainability and a Competitive AdvantageIn this second part of an exclusive three-part Manufacturing Sustainability series, author Mark Coleman examines the importance of integrating sustainability at the operational level of the manufacturer.
Sep 18, 2013Sustainability Revitalizes New England ManufacturerAmerican Engineered Fabrics of New Bedford, Massachusetts, manufactures The Green Geotextiles®, a proprietary and eco-friendly nonwoven fabric made from 100% post-consumer polyester. Originally derived from green soda bottles, The Green Geotextiles® qualifies for LEED based projects.
Sep 17, 2013Effective Utilization of Resources, Part IIFurther explores the concept of “resource productivity” and provides examples of maximizing resource productivity while minimizing resource intensity in several industrial production operations.
Sep 12, 2013Sustainable Manufacturing Is Shaping America's Industrial FuturePart one of a three-part series that delves into the dynamics of sustainable manufacturing, what it means, how it is achieved, and the value it can bring to the business enterprise and customers. It also covers the challenges and opportunities associated with creating a culture of sustainability in a manufacturing environment.
Sep 4, 2013Sustainability Certification a Catalyst for IT Industry Progress in Socially Responsible ManufacturingAccording to recent figures from TCO Development, products from 15 major brands of displays, computers and other devices have now fulfilled new criteria for socially responsible manufacturing required by the TCO Certified sustainability certification for IT products.
Aug 7, 2013Resource Sustainability and Embedded Costs will Define Future Manufacturing CompetitivenessDefines Green Manufacturing and describes its links to innovation; the article also examines the potential challenges and benefits of the application of Green Manufacturing to industry in India.
Jul 22, 2013Effective Utilization of ResourcesThe U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics emphasizes labor productivity as a key measure of industrial health; the author makes the case for considering resource productivity along with labor productivity as a measure of competitiveness for manufacturing (or any industrial sector for that matter).
Jul 18, 2013Safety and Sustainability go Hand-in-HandKIMBERLY-CLARK PROFESSIONAL is urging manufacturers to consider safety and sustainability as inextricably linked in order to maximise their performance in both areas.
Apr 19, 2013NYS Pollution Prevention Institute recognizes Brooklyn Navy Yard for environmental effortsThe New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, a unit of RIT/GIS, recently awarded its Cleaner Production Award to The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. (BNYDC), the not-for-profit corporation that manages the historic 300-acre industrial park. BNYDC was recognized for its solid waste and recycling program, which has resulted in reducing waste-handling costs for tenants by an average of 27 percent, eliminating 1,600 tons of waste going to area landfills, and reducing carting traffic by 90 percent resulting in a reduced carbon footprint.
Apr 12, 2013Golisano Institute for Sustainability celebrates grand opening of Sustainability HallHundreds of visitors, including industry and political leaders, received a firsthand look at the new Sustainability Institute Hall during a dedication event Friday at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, "a living lab" that represents RIT's commitment to the environment.
Mar 21, 2013Pollution Prevention Institute awards $419,000 in research and development projectsThe New York State Pollution Prevention Institute has awarded approximately $419,000 to fund research and development projects focused on applied research designed to stimulate solutions that will help New York state companies remain competitive while reducing their environmental footprint.
Nov 19, 2012CIMS and NYSP2I help food industry boost sustainabilityTechnology transfer projects conducted by two GIS units, the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) and the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies, are helping food processors in Western New York State operate more efficiently and with less waste. NYSP2I is working closely with LiDestri Food and Beverage, a Rochester, N.Y.-based company that produces 2 million jars of sauces, dips and beverages daily, to develop new solutions to a significant and costly plastic waste container disposal issue.
Nov 12, 2012RIT's Clean Energy Incubator Honors Six Graduate Companies Nov. 14Rochester Institute of Technology's Clean Energy Incubator will host a ceremony honoring six start-up companies that have graduated from the incubator within the past year.
Aug 17, 2012NYSP2I Awards Grants for Green Technologies to Researchers at RPI, Clarkson and RITDeveloping new computational imaging systems that can automatically and efficiently sort scrap materials is the focus of a study being funded by a recent $50,000 R&D grant program from the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute. The goal is to develop novel programmable imaging systems that can efficiently sort scrap materials based on material appearance.
Aug 23, 2012RIT Research Seeks Sustainable 'Ecosystem' for Consumer ElectronicsAdapting ecological models for the study of complex industrial and consumer product systems is the focus of a $300,000 sustainability grant recently awarded to GIS by the National Science Foundation. GIS Assistant Professor Dr. Callie Babbitt will serve as principle investigator for the three-year study, which is intended to help industry come up with improved design solutions, whether through the creation of multifunctional products or a community of products that function better together.
May 23, 2012RIT Researcher Serves on International Environmental PanelGIS Assistant Professor Dr. Gabrielle Gaustad has been nominated by the National Science Foundation for a seat on the G8 Research Councils Initiative on Multilateral Research program called "Interdisciplinary Program on Material Efficiency - A First Step Toward Sustainable Manufacturing." The program is intended by NSF to support collaborations between experts in research areas related to the global challenge of materials efficiency to address potential strategies for reducing material demand through material efficiency.
May 15, 2012Aluminum recycling study garners industry attentionA paper co-authored by GIS Assistant Professor Dr. Gabrielle Gaustad that describes research into the accumulation of impurities in re-recycled aluminum products has received positive feedback from the aluminum recycling industry, according to Recycling International, Metal Bulletin, Waste & Recycling, and Recycling Today trade journals. "Improving aluminum recycling: A survey of sorting and impurity removal technologies," by Dr. Gaustad and Elsa Olivetti and Randolph Kirchain of MIT’s Materials Systems Lab, was published in the January 2012 issue of Resources, Conservation and Recycling.
Apr 26, 2012Pollution Prevention Institute at RIT to Help N.Y. Companies Use Green Technologies to Create JobsThe New York State Pollution Prevention Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology has launched its Green Initiative to provide a sustainable road map for New York businesses, state Department of Environment Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens and NYSP2I Director Anahita Williamson announced. The Green Initiative programs will propel nascent green technologies and products to the next step in commercialization and provide expertise in developing more sustainable manufacturing supply chains.
Feb 1, 2011Brookings Institution cites CIMS for manufacturing assistance - "Accelerating Advanced Manufacturing with New Research Centers"A recent report from the Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation recognized RIT's Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies as a model for other states to emulate in order to promote the resurgence of manufacturing in America. "We believe our model of partnering with industry to provide cutting-edge research to advance their technology and processes has been a successful model with strong and measurable results," says CIMS Director Dr. Nabil Nasr.
Sep 15, 2011Research Team Targets Reducing Impact from Battery Waste on the EnvironmentMultiple grants totaling more than $700,000 from national and New York State agencies have been awarded to GIS Assistant Professor Gabrielle Gaustad, GIS Assistant Professor Callie Babbitt, and RIT Assistant Professor of chemical engineering Brian Landi to study the impact of battery waste on the environment.