RIT’s ‘living lab’ lauded

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A. Sue Weisler

Hundreds of visitors received a firsthand look at the new Sustainability Institute 
Hall during an April 12 dedication event. The facility is “a living lab” that represents RIT’s commitment to the environment 
and houses the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. Nabil Nasr, center, assistant provost and director of GIS, presented 3-D print versions of the building as mementos to Phillip Singerman, left, associate director for Innovation and Industry Services, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce, and New York Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy. A computer model of the building was turned into a full-color architectural mold in RIT’s Brinkman Lab. Cutting-edge “green” technology has been incorporated into the 84,000-square-foot building, from the solar panels on the canopy to the vertical wind turbines located near its entrance. The building houses the GIS master’s degree and Ph.D. programs in sustainability and architecture along with specialized research labs, student work areas, classrooms and offices. Features include a fuel cell, microgrid, geothermal system, green roof and a green wall.