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The University Magazine

What is sustainability?


Asked for a definition of sustainability, Tom Golisano gave a one-line response: the preservation and re-utilization of natural resources.

The World Commission on Environment and Development, one of the first organizations to identify the concept, defines sustainability as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

A sustainable process can be carried out over and over without negative environmental effects.

Research developed at RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability will advance alternative energy development, industrial recycling, remanufacturing and reuse, as well as manufacturing competitiveness. Graduates of the program will have skills in life-cycle engineering, environmental risk and impact assessment, and environmentally benign design. The program will emphasize knowledge of corporate strategies for sustainability and government policies for promoting sustainability.