Edwin Piñero, the former Federal Environmental Executive, has been named the director of Rochester Institute of Technology’s New York State Pollution Prevention Institute. The newly created research and technology transfer center will be the site of comprehensive, statewide pollution prevention activities, and will work with additional universities and government agencies to enhance the development of green industrial practices and reduce pollution.
As Federal Environmental Executive, Piñero was responsible for implementing policy and practices on environmental stewardship and sustainability throughout the federal government. In this capacity, he was also a member of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality, which assists in developing and implementing national environmental policy.
Previously, Piñero served as director of the Bureau of Environmental Sustainability and Pollution Prevention in the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, as well as Pennsylvania's energy director. Over his 27-year career, Piñero has also worked for various environmental consulting firms, promoting best practices in the areas of pollution prevention, environmental management, and sustainability. He taught graduate courses in environmental management for Duquesne University as an adjunct professor.
“Edwin Piñero is a national expert in pollution prevention and sustainable practices and has a wide variety of experience in government, business and academia that will be extremely beneficial to the further development of the Pollution Prevention Institute,” notes Nabil Nasr, director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, where the Pollution Prevention Institute will be housed.
“I am honored and excited to become part of the great team at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability as director of the Pollution Prevention Institute,” adds Piñero. “There is nearly unlimited potential for industry to prosper through, and society to benefit from, efficient and environmentally sound manufacturing and business practices.”
Following an extensive peer review process, Governor Eliot Spitzer announced RIT as the site for the Pollution Prevention Institute last week, noting its collaborative efforts with a host of organizations throughout the state and its decade of experience in pollution prevention research and technology transfer. Spitzer and the New York State Legislature allocated $2 million to the institute for 2008 and the Governor has called for $4 million in funding for fiscal year 2009.
As director, Piñero will lead institute activities, including the development of 16 research and development test beds across the state, through partnerships with Clarkson University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the State University of New York at Buffalo. He will also assist in promoting the research and education mission of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, which is currently developing one of the first doctoral programs in sustainability.
“The appointment of Edwin Piñero, will help build the Pollution Prevention Institute into a major technology source for green development, while also assisting the Golisano Institute in providing state-of-the-art research and development in sustainability both to industry and curriculum development benefiting our student population,” says Nasr.