As a leader in groundbreaking sustainability research, teaching, and engagement, RIT serves as a living laboratory for sustainable technologies, practices, and philosophies.


Applied research centers dedicated to energy, manufacturing, transportation, and the built environment


Sponsored research funding each year in sustainability


Labs and test beds dedicated to sustainability research


Academic departments that offer sustainability-related courses

Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Research and education organization working to advance sustainable technology and innovation within the industrial sectors of our economy that have the greatest impact on the environment—manufacturing, energy, transportation, and the built environment.

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Research Centers

New York State Pollution Prevention Institute

Gives Empire State businesses, communities, and nonprofits the practical tools and solutions they need to realize the benefits of sustainability for our economy, environment, and our society as a whole.

Learn more about the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute

Center of Excellence in Advanced and Sustainable Manufacturing

We help companies solve technical problems and explore opportunities to reduce costs, improve quality, and minimize environmental impacts. The Center of Excellence in Advanced and Sustainable Manufacturing is a partnership between New York state and RIT dedicated to helping state manufacturers develop and apply new technologies that create competitive business advantages.

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Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery

We’re the world’s leading research center dedicated to the advancement of remanufacturing. At the Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery, we’re meeting the biggest challenges facing the remanufacturing industry. Our team of researchers, engineers, and experts combine the power of innovative research with practical industrial experience to develop new technologies that will grow remanufacturing’s potential for businesses.

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Center for Sustainable Energy Systems

The global demand for energy continues to grow. The industrial sector is one of the largest consumers of energy, yet energy efficiency can be an afterthought among manufacturers under the daily pressures of fulfilling customer orders. Our team works closely with industry partners, government agencies, utilities, and other research centers to develop new energy systems, applications, and products.

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Center for Sustainable Mobility

Transportation alone accounts for more than 25% of carbon dioxide emissions globally. At the Center for Sustainable Mobility, we’re focused on what comes next for our cities. We conduct advanced research to discover the technologies and processes that will drive the next generation of sustainable mobility. It’s not just about vehicles, but how all mobility technologies work together.

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NanoPower Research Laboratories

The NanoPower Research Laboratories researches novel nanomaterials, devices for power generation and storage, and emerging materials for photonic and optoelectronic applications.

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Key Faculty and Staff

Nabil Nasr
Associate Provost Academic Affairs and Director of GIS
Enid Cardinal
Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Planning and Sustainability
Office of the President
Callie Babbitt
Department of Sustainability
Eric Williams
Department of Sustainability
Thomas Trabold
Research Faculty
Department of Sustainability

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    The Battery Prototyping Center at RIT was awarded nearly $2.2 million through the Empire State Development Grants program to expand its facility. Upgrades and expansion of the center will nearly double its current space, add new equipment, and increase training capacity in the areas of lithium-ion battery research, manufacturing, and development.

  • September 25, 2023

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