RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) is thrilled to have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to lead its new Reducing Embodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute.
Operated under the RIT-led Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance (SMIA), the REMADE Institute will leverage $70 million in DOE funding, matched by $70 million in private cost-share commitments from industry and other consortium members. In all, the institute will leverage the resources of 26 universities, 44 companies, 26 trade associations, seven national labs, and three states.
The institute will focus its efforts on driving down the cost of technologies essential to reuse, recycle, and remanufacture materials such as metals, fibers (with a focus on paper), polymers, and electronic waste. These efforts strive to achieve cost parity for recycled materials, increasing both recycled material use and manufacturing energy efficiency by 30%, and increasing remanufacturing activities by 50%. These efficiency measures could save billions of dollars in material and energy costs and help to significantly grow the U.S. manufacturing sector. Ultimately, the institute will achieve these improvements in U.S. economic competitiveness through innovation in new manufacturing techniques, small business opportunities, and job training for American workers.