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The University Magazine

RIT will establish statewide pollution prevention initiative

RIT’s Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies has received a $550,000 grant from Empire State Development to establish a pilot program in pollution prevention.

Programs to be offered to companies through this initiative will include on-site technical assistance, research and development and education. These capabilities will help reduce or eliminate air and solid waste and hazardous materials.

“Pollution prevention efforts seek to help companies learn how to be more environmentally responsible through training and technology transfer, while also educating firms on how these efforts can provide significant economic benefits through increased efficiency and reduced disposal and clean up costs,” says Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs and CIMS Director Nabil Nasr. “In fact, many companies we have worked with have seen a 100 percent return on investment in less than a year.”

Empire State Development will use the results of the pilot program to strengthen its pollution prevention efforts and identify practices for use by a wider array of companies from throughout the state.

For more information, contact the center at

Will Dube