What officials are saying




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“This new facility will enable RIT, and the Greater Rochester region, to become a world-class hub for sustainability research and education.”

RIT President Bill Destler

“The way we are going with waste in this country is unsustainable. I am pleased that RIT is in the forefront with this needed direction for our world. This is indeed a vision for our future.”

RIT Honorary Trustee Catherine Carlson

“As I have seen firsthand, the Golisano Institute for Sustainability will lead the way by merging sustainable development, strong research and education as well as creating new opportunities in high-tech manufacturing.”

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

“Golisano Institute for Sustainability promises to make not only the Rochester area, but the whole country more efficient, increase our productivity, reduce energy consumption, decrease pollution and improve our economy.”

U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer

“The Golisano Institute for Sustainability set Klein Steel up for success through both the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies and GIS. Our relationship with CIMS was transformational with respect to lean and quality, setting us up to be designated one of 10 North American IndustryWeek Best Plants in 2011. Recently, both CIMS and GIS are working with us to take a new, high-strength steel to market in Buffalo. Upstate New York businesses are indeed blessed to be supported by RIT and GIS.” John Batiste, president and CEO of Klein Steel Service Inc.

“Golisano Institute for Sustainability is a critical component of the Rochester region’s position as a hub of alternative energy innovation. The opportunity for business leaders to collaborate with GIS faculty and students on next- generation sustainable materials helps us attract new companies to our region.”

Mark S. Peterson, president and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise

“Dr. Nasr is viewed as one of the foremost leaders in the domain of sustainability and remanufacturing. He is highly regarded by industry, government agencies and academia as a leading expert who is able to speak from an independent perspective.”

Mark Stratton, Caterpillar Inc. remanufacturing general manager

“The research, the students, the innovations and the ideas being produced by the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at RIT are changing the way we understand the challenges of the present, while developing the solutions needed for a sustainable and prosperous future in Western New York and across the globe.” New York State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan

“I don’t think any of this could have been done without Nabil. He sees things other people don’t see. It is fortunate we have been able to keep him in this community.” New York State Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle

“Long before it was common practice, Nabil looked for ways to improve manufacturing processes to increase efficiency and decrease waste. The positive effects include cost savings for manufacturers and a cleaner environment.”

U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter

“The Golisano Institute for Sustainability is another example of RIT's commitment to engage in multidisciplinary education and the critical importance of working with business and industry to achieve sustainability goals.”

Niles Barnes, senior programs coordinator for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

“Innovation through public-private partnerships is critical to Governor Cuomo’s vision for the state’s energy future. NYSERDA is proud to partner with the Golisano Institute for Sustainability and UTC Power in support of the purchase of advanced fuel-cell technology that will assist in lowering the greenhouse gas emissions of this extraordinary facility.”

Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)