Imagine RIT visitors will embark on sustainability adventure

Golisano Institute for Sustainability invites guests to ‘Re-Imagine a Green Future’

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Humza Arshad

RIT graduate students are hoping their exhibit “Re-Imagine a Green Future” will encourage visitors at the Imagine RIT festival to further examine their own sustainable practices and commit to living greener. From left to right: Yang Yue, Melissa Hall, Denston Pinto, Jorge Coneybeer, Berlyn Hubler, Larissa Reyna Lembert, Rafael Carneiro, Liz Wronko and Ricardo Dias.

Buckle up and get ready to embark on a sustainability adventure at RIT’s Imagine Festival on May 2. Visitors to the “Re-Imagine a Green Future” exhibit at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability will hear about how sustainability is part of our daily lives and can be found at home and in the office, in buildings and products containing nanomaterials, and as energy produced from renewable sources.

“Our exhibit is based on the idea of reduce, reuse and recycle, but it also showcases the innovation that centers around sustainable energy, design, manufacturing and production, green buildings and architecture, product design, and recycling,” said Berlyn Hubler, a Ph.D. student in sustainability from Allport, Pa.

Guests will also receive “Destination Sustainability” passports that serve as guides as they travel through sustainability “stops.” Passport stamps are earned as visitors learn about ongoing research within GIS programs, green building features, sustainability tips, and information about graduate degree programs. Completed passports will be entered into a drawing for a Kindle E-reader.

Liz Wronko, a Ph.D. student in sustainability from Stanhope, N.J., is passionate about their research and believes it’s important to empower children and adults alike to make decisions and changes that reflect sustainable thinking every day.

“A challenge of sustainability is that we usually only see the problems or negativity, such as climate change. But in reality, simple solutions exist that can inspire people to participate and get involved. We hope visitors will want to take a class at GIS, learn about ways to make their own lives greener, support sustainable products, and gain a better understanding of the research we conduct at GIS.”