It seems fitting that the new home of RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability –which offers one of the world’s first Ph.D. programs in sustainability as well as master’s degrees in sustainable systems and sustainable architecture– would be built “green.” RIT broke ground on a new campus building for the institute this spring, which will be constructed with a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Construction Grant Program.
The facility will house multiple labs, classrooms and conference rooms dedicated to RIT’s graduate programs in sustainable business practices, which are focused in material flow, energy utilization and technology, and policy. It also will serve as a “living laboratory” to test these practices, making use of state-of-the-art building technologies and an advanced facility monitoring system that will illustrate the building’s performance.
The new building will be designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council, which sets goals for waste and energy minimization and reuse in building construction and operation. The RIT campus already features one LEED Platinum and one LEED Gold facility.