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CIMS to help ‘green’ N.Y. firms


Nabil Nasr

RIT’s Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies has been awarded a $550,000 grant from Empire State Development to establish a new initiative in pollution prevention.

The program will leverage the center’s existing research in alternative cleaning implementation, remanufacturing, sustainable process development and green product assessment to assist companies in preventing pollution. The project will also enhance economic efficiency and productivity as well as provide informed input for future statewide pollution prevention efforts.

“We are extremely honored to be selected for this initiative and look forward to expanding our efforts in pollution prevention to assist a broad range of companies throughout New York state,” says Nabil Nasr, director of the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies. “Our experience has shown that there is often significant opportunity to enhance environmental quality while contributing to economic growth.”

“We are proud to partner with RIT on this pilot initiative,” adds Daniel Gundersen, Empire State Development/Upstate chairman. “Investing in new and innovative technologies is part of our larger economic development strategy to foster growth in a wide range of industries throughout New York state. Ideally, this program will develop into an important state-wide resource for the research and implementation of new clean technologies in partnership with industry.”

As the model for effective environmental stewardship has moved from a paradigm of pollution control to prevention, increased emphasis is being placed on achieving environmental improvements beyond what is required by law. Pollution prevention programs to be offered to companies through this pilot program will include on-site technical assistance, research and development, technology transfer and education. These capabilities will help firms reduce and in some cases eliminate the production of air and solid waste as well as the use of hazardous materials.

Empire State Development will utilize the results of the pilot program to strengthen its pollution prevention efforts and identify practices for use by a wider array of companies from throughout the state.

CIMS will work with companies and other stakeholders from across New York state to develop and implement pollution-prevention strategies as part of this effort. Interested organizations should contact the center at info@cims.rit.edu for further information.

Will Dube

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