GIS Unit Selected for Energy Efficiency Training Program

The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I), a unit of GIS, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology to be part of a team led by New York State Empire State Development that will pilot a building retuning training program. This program will help train building operators to maintain peak efficiency of their buildings and reduce energy consumption, using the equipment already installed. NYSP2I will focus on training for small manufacturers in the upstate region with support from the local Regional Technology Development Center (RTDC), High Tech of Rochester.

GIS Professor Awarded $300,000 National Science Foundation Grant

GIS assistant professor Callie Babbitt received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop new industrial ecology models for understanding and improving the sustainability of consumer electronics. This project is a multidisciplinary research effort, with GIS associate professor Eric Williams and Christy Tyler, assistant professor in the Gosnell School of Life Sciences, joining Babbitt as co-investigators. The team will adapt ecological models in order to understand how electronic products interact, how their ownership and functionality changes over time, and what opportunities exist for redesigning greener products or developing more efficient recycling systems, so that components can be used to “feed” the next generation of manufacturing. Read more here:

GIS Director Gives Keynote at Remanufacturing Summit in Germany

In early September, Dr. Nabil Nasr gave a keynote presentation on the opening day of the 2012 World Remanufacturing Summit at University of Bayreuth in Germany. He also took part in a panel discussion including professor Sheng Zhu, National Key Laboratory for Remanufacturing, China; professor Herbert Kohler, vice president, Daimler AG Germany; and professor Rolf Steinhilper, chair for manufacturing and remanufacturing technology, Bayreuth University. The summit’s theme—the partnership of industry and science—facilitated discussion of remanufacturing technology on a global scale. Dr. Nasr was also selected to preside over the Remanufacturer of the Year award sponsored by ReMaTecNews. Read more about the summit program here:

Golisano Institute for Sustainability Enters Final Construction Stage

The new headquarters of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability is entering the final stages of construction, with completion expected by year-end. Among the innovative sustainability features being installed in many offices and conference rooms are special coatings that will warm the windows when the room is occupied in the winter to cut cold air draft and avoid the use of baseboard heat. Some exterior windows also have a highly insulating translucent nano-gel that allows light to enter. The courtyard in front of the GIS building is also being reconfigured with new walkways and open spaces. Formal dedication of the facility is slated for spring 2013.


RIT Shares Sustainability Education Model in Peru

In August, Dr. Nabil Nasr traveled to Peru to begin work to establish the Golisano Institute for Sustainability partnership, part of RIT’s commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative. Dr. Nasr was accompanied by Dr. Hector Flores, dean of graduate studies. Dr. Flores was instrumental in arranging meetings at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú(PUCP), that nation’s leading university, with the Minister of the Environment, his team, and others. In 2011, B. Thomas Golisano and RIT committed to sharing the model of sustainability education developed at GIS with 5 partner universities in developing countries. GIS’ goal is to expand the capacity of these universities, and to develop professionals with the expertise to address local/regional short- and long-term economic, environmental, and industrial sustainability needs.

GIS Assistant Professor Researching Technology to Improve Recycling

GIS assistant professor Gabrielle Gaustad is collaborating with Dr. Jinwei Gu, assistant professor at Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science in an R&D program to develop new computational imaging systems that can automatically and efficiently sort scrap materials. This research could have broad sustainability implications; as more municipal solid waste moves to single stream collection, sorting technologies will play an important role in enabling recycling and resource recovery.
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Dr. Gaustad and GIS Ph.D. student, Xue Wang recently published “Prioritizing Material Recovery for End-of-Life Printed Circuit Boards” in the journal Waste Management. Dr. Gaustad also counseled GIS students presenting at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in August, and advised Omega Christian, a Rochester City School District student who spent the summer at GIS studying the environmental impact of battery waste thanks to a grant from the American Chemical Society. Read the full story here: