RIT Will Host Fifth Annual International Sustainability Symposium

Event will feature government, academic and industry experts in sustainable production

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Sustainable Manufacturing V: Fifth Global Symposium on Sustainable Product Development will be held Wednesday, Sept. 19, through Friday, Sept. 21, at Rochester Institute of Technology. The symposium is sponsored by RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability and will seek to advance cooperation and collaboration between researchers working in sustainable production. The event follows previous symposia held in China, Germany and Brazil and is funded in part by the National Science Foundation.

Highlighting the event will be keynote addresses by Edwin Pinero, Federal Environmental Executive and one of President George W. Bush’s chief domestic policy advisers, and Matthew Fronk, chief engineer for fuel cell research with General Motors. Pinero’s speech will begin at 8:15 a.m. Thursday and will focus on the integration of sustainable principles within public policy. Fronk’s address will follow and concentrate on the development of sustainable mobility in transportation systems.

WHAT: Global symposium on sustainable product development

WHO: Edwin Pinero, federal environmental executive; Matthew Fronk, chief engineer for fuel cell research, General Motors; Nabil Nasr, director, Golisano Institute for Sustainability

WHEN: 8:15 a.m., Sept. 20, 2007

WHERE: Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies, Building 78, room 2240, RIT Campus