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The University Magazine

Work in progress at the new Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Bill Destler
RIT hosted the Fifth Global Symposium on Sustainable Product Development in September. Participants toured the Golisano Institute and got info on work in progress from Michael Haselkorn, senior staff engineer. (Photo by Laura Nelson ’94, ’97.)

Here are some examples of projects now underway:

• A partnership with Monroe County (N.Y.) to assess the performance of its fleet of ethanol and bio-diesel vehicles. The Golisano Institute will work with the county’s Department of Environmental Services to analyze the environmental and economic impact of these vehicles and assist in determining a future course for the integration of additional alternative energy technologies into county operations.

• A collaboration with Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority to evaluate its diesel-fueled bus fleet. This joint research project will integrate state-of-the-art vehicle monitoring technology into current vehicle sensor packages to assist in increasing energy efficiency, improving vehicle performance and increasing safety.

• Work with RIT’s Facilities Management Services to deploy alternative fuel vehicles for use on campus. This effort will seek to integrate biodiesel and hydrogen fuel vehicles into Facilities Management’s operations and will test the performance, emissions and efficiency of these alternative-fuel technologies.

• Creation of a pollution prevention (P2) pilot initiative to assist New York state companies in implementing P2 technologies. The pilot will leverage the Golisano Institute’s existing research in alternative cleaning technologies; remanufacturing; sustainable product and process development; green product assessment; and health and safety training to assist companies in preventing pollution. The project will also enhance economic efficiency and productivity as well as provide input for future statewide pollution prevention efforts.

• Partnering with a New York state company to develop and commercialize two scientific testing devices to enhance remanufacturing processes and reduce waste. The project has assisted in recovering more than 600 tons of metal and urethane to date, which would have otherwise gone to landfills. For these efforts, the Golisano Institute was presented with the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable’s 2006 MVP2 Award.

A collaboration with Lockheed Martin Corp. to enhance the development of its Embedded Platform Logistics System, which is designed to improve the performance and efficiency of large vehicle fleets. This technology package will be installed on existing platforms to enhance operational readiness and logistics actions.

• Enhancing dissemination of sustainable techniques through collaborations with the National Science Foundation and National Research Council as well as the countries of South Korea and the Dominican Republic. For example, the Golisano Institute recently hosted the Fifth Global Symposium on Sustainable Product Development sponsored in part by the National Science Foundation and General Motors. The event sought to advance cooperation and collaboration between researchers working in sustainable production and follows previous symposia held in China, Germany and Brazil.

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Will Dube