Groundbreaking for sustainability center

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RIT, along with representatives from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and New York state, will host a groundbreaking for the new Golisano Institute for Sustainability building at 10:30 a.m. April 15. The event will include a ceremony in J Lot followed by a reception in the lobby of Louise M. Slaughter Hall.

The 87,333-square-foot facility will house the Golisano Institute’s leading research and education programs in sustainable production, green architecture and pollution prevention. It will be designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council, which sets goals for waste and energy minimization and reuse in building construction and operation. The campus already features one LEED Platinum and one LEED Gold facility.

“The Golisano Institute facility will serve as a center for sustainability research, technology transfer, education and outreach and provide a state-of-the-art showcase for green construction and design,” says RIT President Bill Destler. 

RIT received a $13.1 million grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and $10 million in funding from the state to assist in design and construction.