Golisano Institute for Sustainability

B. Thomas Golisano

“It is imperative that we accelerate strategies to promote a sustainable society and ensure future generations the opportunity to address their own needs. ... It is my desire that the Golisano Institute for Sustainability produce the first generation of professionals with the vision and know-how to deliver on the promise of sustainability.”

Chairman of Paychex, Inc., B. Thomas Golisano donated $10 million to establish the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) as a global resource for education, research, technology transfer, and outreach in sustainable manufacturing processes that will influence all aspects of product manufacture and design.

GIS offers one of the nation’s first doctoral degrees in sustainability. The program focuses on sustainable production systems, sustainable energy systems, sustainable mobility, and eco-IT or ecologically friendly information technology systems. Graduates develop skills in lifecycle assessment, environmental risk and impact assessment, and design for the environment. They also gain knowledge of corporate strategies for sustainability and government policies for promoting sustainability.

The institute collaborates with numerous organizations in a wide variety of sectors with the goals of reducing environmental impact and enhancing economic competitiveness. GIS partners with Delphi Corporation and the U.S. Department of Defense to accelerate the application of solid oxide fuel cells into the military’s stationary and mobile systems.

Sustainable production systems are the focus of academic and research programs within the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. These systems create goods and services using strategies and processes that are nonpolluting; conserving of energy and natural resources; economically viable; safe and healthful for workers, communities, and consumers; and socially and creatively rewarding for all working people.

“We are focusing on designing production systems that are completely closed loop, with no waste product and a high level of reuse,” notes Nabil Nasr, assistant provost for academic affairs and director of the institute. “In addition, our education programs will seek to provide our next generation with comprehensive knowledge and training in sustainable industrial development.”

GIS consists of a team of tenured and tenure-track faculty, research faculty, engineers, technicians, project managers, and students all dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to removing barriers to achieving sustainable production systems.

Research Facilities

  • Aquatic Ecology Lab
  • Brinkman Machine Tools and Manufacturing Lab
  • CAST Environmental Lab
  • Center for Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly
  • Center for Excellence in Lean Enterprise
  • Center for Integrated Plastics and Packaging
  • Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies
  • Center for Sustainable Mobility
  • Center for Sustainable Production
  • Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing Lab
  • Fuel Cell Technology Lab
  • Image Permanence Institute
  • Imaging Materials Laboratory
  • Imaging Products Laboratory
  • Laboratory for Document Restoration
  • Laboratory for Environmental Computing and Decision Making
  • Nano Power Research Laboratories
  • National Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery
  • New York State Pollution Prevention Institute
  • Occupational Safety and Ergonomics Excellence Program
  • Packaging Dynamics Lab
  • Rapid Prototyping Lab
  • RIT Bird Observatory
  • Safety and Efficiency in Automobiles Lab
  • Sustainable Print Systems Lab
  • Sustainable Engineering Research Group
  • Thermal Analysis Lab
  • Toyota Production Systems Lab

Research Sponsors and Collaborators

  • Boeing Spectrolab
  • BP Solar
  • County of Monroe, N.Y.
  • Delphi Inc.
  • Eastman Kodak Co.
  • Emcore Corporation Photovoltaics
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • General Motors Corporation
  • Greatbatch Inc.
  • Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute
  • Hewlett Packard Development Corporation
  • ITT Corporation
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • NASA
  • National Parks Service
  • National Science Foundation
  • The Nature Conservatory
  • New York State Audubon
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
  • New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Reflexite Corporation
  • Torvec Inc.
  • Toyota Motor Corporation
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Michigan
  • U.S. Departments of: Agriculture, Defense, Energy, Transportation
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Xerox Corporation