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GIS Poster Takes First Place Prize at SyracuseCoE Symposium

Two second-year GIS students were awarded the first place prize in the MS student poster competition at the 13th Annual Syracuse Center for Excellence "Symposium on Urban Reinvention and Resilience", held October 21-22 at the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, New York. Daniel Bruton (right in photo) and David Frank (left) were recognized for their work on waste-cooking-oil to-biodiesel conversion. In all, GIS students and faculty members delivered 6 oral presentations and 4 poster presentations at the conference.

Upcoming Master's Degree Information Session for Prospective Students

The Golisano Institute for Sustainability will hold a 60-minute information session for students interested in the MS in sustainable systems degree program on Thursday, December 12 at 1:00 p.m. in room 3140 of Sustainability Institute Hall, the new GIS headquarters facility. The presentation will be followed by a tour of the building. Please join us or contact Paul Stiebitz ( for more information.

GIS Director Invited to UNEP Panel Session in Kenya

GIS Director, Dr. Nabil Nasr, traveled to Naivasha, Kenya in early November to participate as an invited expert in the 13th Session of the International Resource Panel of the United Nations Environment Programme. This panel meets bi-annually to review progress in existing work streams and define the direction of the panel's work. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), was established in 1972, and is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment. Please visit their website to learn more;

GIS Director to Give Keynote on Remanufacturing Summit in China

In early December, Dr. Nasr will travel to Shanghai, China to give a Keynote Presentation at the 2nd World Remanufacturing Summit in Shanghai, China, hosted by China's National Key Laboratory for Remanufacturing. This event follows the first Remanufacturing Summit held at Bayreuth University in Germany in 2012. The annual summits are co-sponsored by RIT, Bayreuth University and China's National Key Laboratory.

Student Competition Addresses Local Environmental Challenges

The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) is sponsoring its third annual "Greenovate NYS" environmental R&D competition for undergraduate and graduate students at colleges across the state. The goal is for student teams to identify a significant environmental improvement opportunity on their campus or local community, and devise an approach to address it. "The competition encourages students to take a vested interest in their local community while incorporating practical environmental, economic, and social considerations in their approach to solving real-world challenges" said Anahita Williamson, director of NYSP2I. Applications were due November 1 and projects will be selected in December. Those selected will compete at an exhibition at RIT on Earth Day, April 22, 2014. (Graphic design by Laura W. Nelson)

GIS Associate Professor Featured in Washington Post Article

A recent story in the Washington Post by Brian Palmer titled "My TiVo died. How do I deal with the e-waste?" featured commentary by GIS associate professor Eric Williams on the positive economic impact of not landfilling electronic waste such as broken or obsolete computers, TVs, and peripherals. Williams noted that the energy embedded in products manufactured from scratch can be surprisingly high. According to his study, manufacturing a computer requires 11 times as much fossil fuels by weight as the finished computer itself weighs. In contrast, a modern automobile needs only twice its weight in fossil fuels to produce. Landfilling a computer means the energy that went into its production is lost. If all or part of that computer was recycled or repurposed, some or most of the expensive embedded energy would be saved. The full article is available online at the Washington Post website.