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Film Screening and Panel DiscussionFilm ScreeningCOMFORT ZONE takes an in-depth look at what happens when global climate issues come to our backyards. The specific setting is Upstate New York, but the effects, both subtle and profound, illustrate the kinds of effects that can happen anywhere.Three residents of upstate New York — Kate, Dave and Sean tackle this question each in a different way, and for different reasons. Kate worries that her children will grow up in a different world—one more challenging than the world she grew up in. Dave sees the climate problem as an internal crisis that each person must approach from the inside out. Sean gets to the root of the science behind the greenhouse effect, and looks at possible solutions.Panel DiscussionJoin Film maker Kate Kate Kressmann-Kehoe, RIT's Senior Sustainability Advisor Enid Cardinal and Mary Adelaide Scipioni, Associate Adjunct Professor in RIT's Master of Architecture Program for a discussion about climate change in Rochester, what is being done, and how design can be used to help adapt to the area's changing climate.Access Services may be requested at, April 30th, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM -Xerox Auditorium) Event Details »
WHAT: Third annual Research & Development Student Competition featuring 13 teams from nine universities throughout New York state, including Rochester Institute of Technology, RPI, Clarkson and Syracuse University. Event also includes industry speakers and a K-12 student competition poster competition as part of Earth Day celebration at RIT. WHERE: Golisano Institute for... Full Story »
Stephen Whittaker, a professor in the School of Media Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology's College of Imaging Arts and Sciences (CIAS), is the first-ever recipient of the Edline M. Chun Award for Outstanding Teaching and Service. Named in honor of the late RIT adjunct professor Edline Chun, the honor will be... Full Story »
The first Graduate Education Week at Rochester Institute of Technology will be held April 14-18 and features speakers, workshops, information fairs and a keynote address delivered by Callie Babbitt, assistant professor in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, and Vicki Hanson, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies, at... Full Story »
Students, faculty and staff hoping to get around the Rochester Institute of Technology campus a little quicker will now be able to borrow bicycles through a free bike share program. RIT Student Government launched the bike share program April 7, showcasing a fleet of 20 new orange Fuji Barnebey bicycles. Riders will... Full Story »
Some of the students will "gown up" for the engineering clean room to learn more about how silicon wafers and integrated circuits are developed. Others will learn about trends in hospitality and tourism, pollution prevention and biomedical sciences. All will be part of the 2014 Workforce Innovations Conference that takes place... Full Story »
The newly passed state budget includes a significant increase in funding for Rochester Institute of Technology's Center of Excellence in Sustainable Manufacturing along with continued funding for the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute located at RIT. RIT's Center of Excellence, housed within the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS), will receive $872,333... Full Story »
The Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS), a world-class "living lab" that represents Rochester Institute of Technology's ongoing commitment to the environment, has been certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)-the highest standard that can be achieved in the rating system. With a score... Full Story »
The newly certified LEED Platinum Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) represents the ultimate manifestation of Rochester Institute of Technology's commitment to sustainability. In addition to specialized research labs, student work areas, classrooms and office suites, the building comprises a wide range of distinctive "green" features. High-performance building envelope: The building exterior is made... Full Story »
New research published in the academic journal Energy Policy suggests that electric-vehicle proponents and policymakers have missed the mark when it comes to targeting mainstream consumers, arguing that tax incentives for mainstream buyers are "wasteful, inefficient and ineffective." James Winebrake, dean of Rochester Institute of Technology's College of Liberal Arts and an... Full Story »
Thirty-three percent of all food produced globally is wasted, according to the Packaging Association. Sustainable packaging solutions could be one remedy for bringing more food to more tables, helping millions of people around the world who suffer from hunger. Rochester Institute of Technology is hosting PAC Food Waste Forum on Wednesday, April... Full Story »
News about student Jen Lamere's nomination for a prestigious Web award was the most-read story of last month. Check out all of February's most popular stories and videos below: Top News Stories 1. RIT student Jen Lamere nominated as only American for prestigious Web award 2. 'Tub time with Tate' exhibition at NTID Dyer... Full Story »
Packaging and distribution of goods is a multi-billion dollar industry. Yet damage to goods while in transit has a financial impact on companies and consumers, also in the millions of dollars, according to national industry advisory organization Health Care Packaging. Recognizing the conditions under which goods are transported to better prevent damage... Full Story »
Rochester Institute of Technology will play a key part in a new national consortium designed to help transform and bring innovations to U.S. manufacturing. As a core partner, RIT-through its Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS) and Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS)-will be part of the nation's first Digital Manufacturing and... Full Story »
Did you make the Dean's List this fall? RIT wants you to share your good news with friends and family through Merit. You should receive an email soon with a link to your Merit story. Merit lets students share their successes - such as making the Dean's List, joining a club or... Full Story »
The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) at Rochester Institute of Technology has announced the awardees of its third annual NYSP2I Research and Development Student Competition. As part of its Research and Development Program, NYSP2I challenged teams of full-time students enrolled at any institute of higher education in New York state... Full Story »
The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I), which provides comprehensive and integrated programming in technology research, development and training aimed at promoting sustainability across New York state, has announced the recipients of its 2013-2014 Community Grant Program. Following the completion of a competitive review process, the institute is funding eight proposals... Full Story »
Rochester Institute of Technology President Bill Destler issued this statement following Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announcement of a proposed $137.2 billion 2014-15 state budget that includes $327,119 for RIT's Center of Excellence in Sustainable Manufacturing and $3.25 million for the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, which is located at RIT: "We are... Full Story »
The Image Permanence Institute (IPI) at Rochester Institute of Technology recently received three significant grants related to sustainable preservation practices for managing the storage environment in collecting institutions. The Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership for Libraries program awarded $305,107 to IPI for "Demonstrating a Sustainable Energy-Saving Methodology for Library... Full Story »
News about RIT's acquisition of the Kelmscott/Goudy hand press topped last month's list of most popular RIT news stories. Check out all of December's most popular stories and videos below: Top News Stories 1. RIT acquires famed Kelmscott/Goudy hand press in Christie's auction 2. RIT student receives first-ever Game Innovators Scholarship from GSN Games 3.... Full Story »