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The Golisano Institute for Sustainability was established in 2007 with a $10 million gift from Paychex Inc. founder and philanthropist B. Thomas Golisano. It includes the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies, a 170,000 sq. ft. education and research facility, and Sustainability Institute Hall, a 75,000 sq. ft. LEED Platinum certified research building designed to demonstrate sustainable building technologies and energy systems by incorporating a unique transparent infrastructure and Smart Microgrid data center. The Institute conducts leading research in alternative energy, remanufacturing, nanotechnology, and sustainable production.

Golisano Institute for Sustainability houses several facilities, including instructional areas, offices, studio space, testbeds, and labs. Some of these facilities, including a 400-seat conference center, are available for corporate, public, and/or student use by request.

Test Beds

Golisano Institute of Technology houses several facilities. Some of these facilities are available for corporate, public, and/or student use by request.

Perform life-cycle assessment (LCA) of waste-to-energy pathways, and vehicle performance with biofuel blends.

Stress-test data center equipment and utilize computational cluster in support of remote product monitoring and analytics.

Evaluate fuel conversion processes, process control stability, generated by-products, and overall system efficiency.

Utilize energy production and storage resources within a single microgrid that can be operated in isolation from the utility grid.

The Sustainability Institute Hall building itself functions as a testbed for numerous sustainability technologies, overseen by an intelligent microgrid energy tracking system.

Test energy efficiency of fossil fueled, electric, and hybrid vehicles in various drive cycles, and perform research on the emissions and durability of large engines using diesel or alternative fuels.


Golisano Institute for Sustainability houses several facilities. Some of these facilities are available for corporate, public, and/or student use by request.

Full service flammability and fire testing for materials, components and fire resistant coatings.

Advanced part cleaning and washing capabilities are available to use to assist in your manufacturing operations.

Accelerate new product development, from concept to commercialization through rapid, model-based design, simulation, prototyping, and testing of electro-mechanical parts and assemblies.

Develop and test environmental design solutions aimed at reducing the environmental impact of high-tech products, such as consumer electronics.

Advance the design and development of eco-friendly electronic and embedded systems.

Use fundamental material chemistry techniques to assess life-cycle environmental impacts of products and technologies, with a focus on end-of-life.

Assess, examine, and test materials that affect the thermal, luminous, and acoustical conditions of the built environment.

Research myriad building products and materials that make up, shape, impact, and determine the physical/built environment.

Investigate component/system performance, in particular aging and failure, under various mechanisms.