It seems fitting that the new home of RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability â€“which offers one of the worldâ€™sÂ first Ph.D. programs in sustainability as well as masterâ€™s degrees in sustainable systems and sustainable architectureâ€“ would be built “green.” RIT broke ground onÂ a new campus buildingÂ for the institute this spring, whichÂ will be constructed with a grant from theÂ National Institute of Standards and Technologyâ€™s Construction Grant Program.
The facility will house multiple labs, classrooms and conference rooms dedicated to RITâ€™s graduate programs in sustainable business practices, which areÂ focused in material flow, energy utilization and technology, and policy. It also will serve as a â€śliving laboratoryâ€ť to test these practices, making use of state-of-the-art building technologies and an advanced facility monitoring system that will illustrate the buildingâ€™sÂ 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.