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RIT receives federal grant to construct new sustainability research facility
Date:9/30/2010

," says Nabil Nasr, assistant provost and director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. "This tremendous support from NIST will allow us to exponentially expand our research base and assist us in educating the next generation of professionals in a field that is vital to our society's well being."

The grant is a component of the NIST Construction Grant Program and RIT was selected after an extensive competitive search. Only five projects were selected out of 124 proposals received. RIT has also received $10 million in funding from the state of New York to assist with construction, and New York's U.S. Senate delegation and Rochester's congressional delegation have secured substantial funding for the institute's applied research and technology transfer programs in life-cycle engineering, fuel-cell technology and other focus areas.

In addition, the Golisano Institute has received significant corporate and foundation investments toward its education and research programming as well as its laboratory facilities, including $2 million from Xerox and $1 million from Eastman Kodak.

RIT expects to break ground on the new facility in spring 2011. The new building will be designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council, which sets goals for waste and energy minimization and reuse in building construction and operation. The campus already features one LEED Platinum and one LEED Gold facility.

"The alternative energy field is poised for massive growth in the coming years, and this grant will help make sure that residents of Rochester and the surrounding communities will be able to reap the benefits of new jobs and economic development," notes Senator Charles Schumer.

"These dollars for RIT will increase research and spur innovation toward sustainable energy and environmentally friendly buildings and manufacturing processes," adds Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. "This will m
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Contact: William Dube
wjduns@rit.edu
585-475-2816
Rochester Institute of Technology
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