GIS was borne of the decades of work conducted by its Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies and Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery, expanding to conduct applied research and development focused on sustainable production, sustainable mobility, sustainable energy systems, and remanufacturing and resource recovery. GIS’ programmes also provide technology transfer, training and outreach in the areas of pollution prevention, advanced manufacturing technology, and digital imaging and printing.
GIS offers a Ph.D. programme in sustainabilit y, a Master of Science in sustainability focused on sustainable production systems, and a Master of Architecture programme shaped by the global emphasis on sustainability and factors that impact urbanism.
RIT is at the forefront of policy and research initiatives to advance remanufacturing across the globe and is working to expand the exchange of ideas central to the circular economy. In addition to serving on multiple advisory panels, including the United Nations Environmental Programme’s International Resource Panel, GIS is preparing students with circular economy concepts woven into the curriculum and student research on practical implementation of the Circular Economy model. GIS research centres are exploring solutions to support broad-scale adoption of the circular economy model, which includes working with government and industry to identify real-world solutions to implementation barriers.
As a Pioneer University, RIT will continue to be involved with CE100 initiatives, such as the Rethinking Progress Event, to help advance the circular economy. GIS research and education efforts will also continue, including development of a graduate-level course dedicated to Circular Economy for incorporation into GIS degree programmes, and partnership with industry, research institutions, and other universities to conduct remanufacturing policy and technology research. Development of an industry-led remanufacturing technology roadmap is planned, with aspirations to establish a broad industry, government, and academic collaboration, focused on remanufacturing and the circular economy. GIS’ active engagement with national and international trade organisations will continue through participation in forums, with a lead role in the Remanufacturing and Sustainability Conference, World Remanufacturing Summit, and annual Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing.
GIS will continue its efforts to disseminate information about the circular economy, including contributions to books and other publications on Circular Economy issues.