Mark your calendars - A groundbreaking ceremony for the new 75,000 sq. ft. Golisano Institute for Sustainability building will be held the morning of April 15. The $38M facility, to be located near building 78, will be LEED certified (targeting LEED Platinum certification) and designed to demonstrate sustainable building technologies and energy systems. It will incorporate a unique infrastructure, a smart microgrid and computing data center. The RIT community will be invited to attend; so please watch your email for more details. This promises to be an exciting event we hope you can attend.
We are pleased to note the Master of Architecture program, with an emphasis on Sustainable Architecture, recently received approval from the New York State Board of Regents. This will be a 3 year graduate program designed for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in any field. It will be offered in partnership with Golisano Institute for Sustainability and RIT's College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. The next step will be to receive accreditation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
An historic meeting for the remanufacturing industry was held in Washington, D.C. on January 24-25. The Council on Competitiveness, www.compete.org and RIT's Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery co-sponsored the Strategic Dialogue on Remanufacturing Policy. This meeting addressed the current state of the industry and identified the challenges and issues facing the various remanufacturing sectors. Recommendations will now be developed and presented to federal and state policy makers.
The meeting was co-chaired by Nabil Nasr and Greg Folley, Vice President, Remanufacturing & Components Division, Caterpillar Inc. Speakers included Mary H. Saunders, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Manufacturing and Services, and Jim Sanford, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Small Business, Market Access, and Industrial Competitiveness. The meeting was attended by representatives from approximately 25 remanufacturing companies including Cummins, Inc., Cardone Industries, ReCellular, General Electric, and John Deere. Several remanufacturing associations and many government attendees from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, International Trade Administration and NIST also attended.
To learn more, please see this article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704115404576095881429852432.html
RIT's Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) is once again a sponsor of the Staples Global EcoEasy Challenge: https://ecoeasychallenge.com/indexover.html. The challenge was open to universities in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and the U.S. Student teams from China, India, Ireland, the U.S., and Singapore had their concepts chosen to compete in the finals event. The grand prize winning team will win $25,000 and two runner-up teams will each win $5,000 for a total of $35,000 in cash prizes. Each of the teams will also have the opportunity to earn royalties if their concept of a more environmentally preferable home or business office product is brought to market. Nabil Nasr, Director, Golisano Institute for Sustainability will serve as a judge at the Finals event to be held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on April 13. A few of the other judges include the Director of Environmental Impact at Starbucks and the CEO of DoSomething.org.