$700K in NSF and NYS Grants to GIS

Dr. Gabrielle Gaustad and colleagues in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability were recently awarded major research grants totaling more than $700,000 from the National Science Foundation and New York State agencies to tackle challenges posed by electronic battery waste. Assistant Professors Dr. Gaustad and Dr. Callie Babbitt, and Brian Landi, Assistant Professor of chemical engineering, will investigate the performance of bio-based leaching acids vs. inorganic acids normally used in battery recycling and the environmental, health, and safety tradeoffs of alternative recycling technologies, including the fate of nanomaterials found in new battery technologies. The awards received extensive media coverage, and Dr. Gaustad’s research was profiled on Channel 8 News: Go Green/Batteries

GIS to Share Its Education Model Globally

GIS Professor with assistant and student
GIS Assistant Professor Gabrielle Gaustad; GIS Ph.D. Student, Chelsea Bailey; GIS Assistant Professor Callie Babbitt

The model of sustainability education developed at Golisano Institute for Sustainability will be shared with five partner universities in developing countries around the world, thanks to a partnership between RIT and RIT trustee, B. Thomas Golisano in cooperation with the Clinton Global Initiative. In September, Golisano and RIT President Bill Destler announced their intention to help meet the global challenge of population growth and rising consumption worldwide by working closely with partner universities over a five-year period. RIT will create sustainability-oriented educational materials and guidebooks, curriculum advisory groups, faculty exchange programs, graduate student participation and a mentorship program.

The full story is available on University News; a video of the announcement is on YouTube.


RIT’s Printing Applications Laboratory became part of the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies in July. The merger resulted from more than a year of strategic planning for the future of printing industry services and print media research and development programs at RIT. CIMS expects that this will expand opportunities for RIT to develop innovative services and solutions to help address the printing industry’s needs for long-term sustainability and profitability. In addition to expanding collaboration with industry, CIMS will continue to support PAL classes, labs, student projects, thesis work, and faculty research. Bill Garno will serve as Director of the new combined CIMS/PAL facility.

Articles Profile M. Architecture Program

The new Master of Architecture degree program, offered in partnership with RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability and RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, was the subject of feature articles in the Rochester Business Journal and City Newspaper. Both write-ups contained profiles of Dennis Andrejko, Associate Professor and Program Chair of the M.Arch program. Mr. Andrejko has nearly 30 years of experience in the architecture profession and is a leader in the field of Environmental Design, Energy Reduction and Sustainable Building Technology. In 2010, he was elected as National Vice President of the American Institute of Architects for a two-year term, and holds a Council seat on the National Academy for Environmental Design. Read the full stories at: Rochester Business Journal and at Rochester City Newspaper.

White House's Nancy Sutley Tours CIMS/GIS

Nancy Sutley touring CIMS/GIS
N. Nasr and N. Sutley

Nancy H. Sutley, chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, visited our facilities on September 9. GIS Director Dr. Nabil Nasr conducted the tour, focusing on remanufacturing, sustainable production/IT and alternative energy projects, all key areas of interest to Ms. Sutley. In her role as Chair, she serves as the principal environmental policy adviser to President Obama. Prior to her appointment, she was the Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment for the city of Los Angeles, California.

GIS Welcomes New Faculty Member

We are delighted to note the recent addition of Dr. Eric Williams to the faculty of Golisano Institute for Sustainability. Dr. Williams is internationally respected for his research in industrial ecology, life-cycle assessment, information technology, and energy systems. His best-known work addresses the environmental assessment and management of IT hardware. Dr. Williams also investigates energy topics such as long-term, second-law efficiency trends and the effects of development and urbanization on energy demand in industrializing nations. Dr. Williams came to RIT from Arizona State University.

Please read more about Dr. Williams and the other GIS faculty here; http://www.rit.edu/gis/academics/faculty