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The University Magazine


B.S. program in Environmental Sustainability launched

RIT’s bachelor of science degree program in Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety reflects the need for organizations to become more sustainable and socially responsible in their activities, products and services.

“The environmental management program, launched in 1991 as the first of its kind in the nation, has evolved from focusing on pollution control, to minimizing material, energy and environmental resource use, and now, by this move, to pursuing environmental sustainability,” says John Morelli, chairperson of the Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management and Safety.

Four new courses are being developed for the degree, three of which will focus on sustainability and social responsibility, including a new comprehensive capstone course.

Print alumnus gives $100,000 to Cary Graphic Arts Press

Brooks Bower ’74 (printing) has pledged $100,000 to establish “The Bower Family Publications Fund” to help support RIT’s scholarly publishing enterprises – Cary Graphic Arts Press and its new imprint, RIT Press.

Bower is chairman and chief executive officer of Papercone Corp., an envelope-manufacturing firm in Louisville, Ky. The fund will provide $50,000 over two years that may be used by RIT Press for its immediate publication needs and the remaining $50,000 will create a permanent endowment to ensure that “The Bower Family Endowed Publications Fund” will exist at RIT in perpetuity.

Former GM executive heads Green Transportation Center

Matt Fronk, a long-time leader of General Motors’ research initiatives in fuel cells, is the new director of RIT’s Center for Sustainable Mobility.

Fronk directs research programs in hydrogen fuel technology, fuel cell development, alternative fuels and hybrid vehicle systems. Fronk is also involved in research efforts related to RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability.

Fronk spent more than 30 years at General Motors in a wide variety of engineering and leadership positions. Most recently he served as director of GM’s Fuel Cell Research Laboratory in Honeoye Falls, N.Y.