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Golisano Institute for Sustainability includes several instructional areas, which may occasionally be utilized for sustainabilty-related events or training. This includes an auditorium that can seat up to 65, with integrated audio-visual equipment and BlueJeans installation; collaboration rooms for small private meetings; a Decision Analysis Lab capable of displaying 3D simulations; and a conference center for large events and discussions.

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Instructional Areas for Use


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CIMS Conference Center

Golisano Institute for Sustainability maintains a spacious 10-room, 400-seat training and conference center with smart capabilities. This area is available for employee training, industry outreach, professional conferences and meetings, regional and local community forums, and other educational activities.

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Decision Analysis Lab

The Decision Analysis Lab is a specialized multi-use learning space for use by GIS/RIT students and the wider community. It is equipped with four projectors, a JBL sound system, Smart Podium, IdeaPaint, and a Smart Board.

Projection technology installed here enables an immersive 3D experience to gain better understanding of ideas that are otherwise difficult to visualize. Stakeholders, members of the community, and others can be brought together here to make decisions about sustainability related issues such as land-use and development. Participants are able to visualize 3D simulations of the present and possible future outcomes of their decisions. Using remote responders, they can register decisions, answer questions, or vote. Results can be instantly displayed in a variety of formats, such as graphs or tables.

This technology can also be useful to faculty members when delivering lectures and other presentations. For example, immediate feedback will enable them to assess comprehension and adjust teaching styles for increased understanding and engagement.

When this space is not being used as a Decision Analysis Lab, it can double as a state-of-the-art computer lab or classroom. Equipment includes projectors, a Dolby sound system, a smart podium, IdeaPaint dry-erase wall surfaces, and a smart board.