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Rochester Institute of Technology established the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS), which is comprised of both academic programmes and research centres, and consists of a multidisciplinary team of 118 dedicated faculty, staff researchers and funded students who collaborate with organisations locally, nationally, and internationally to create implementable solutions to complex sustainability problems. Our strategy is the development of graduate-level courses 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. Key circular economy initiatives include:

Teaching & Learning:

  • GIS education programs include a Ph.D. program in sustainability with a focus on sustainable production and a MS program with three tracks: sustainable manufacturing, sustainable energy systems, and sustainable mobility. GIS also offers a Master of Architecture program which integrates sustainability and architecture in the built environment. 

Research:

$140 million from US Department of Energy and US stakeholders for REMADE – institute to find new and less expensive ways to reuse, recycle and remanufacture metals, fibers, polymers and electronics. 

  • Reman Roadmap

Developing an industry-led remanufacturing technology roadmap providing an actionable plan for broad industry, government, and academic collaboration to overcome technological barriers currently inhibiting the growth of advanced manufacturing capabilities in the remanufacturing industry.

  • UNEP – Innovation in the Circular Economy Research

Conducting a UNEP – International Resource Pane (IRP) commissioned research project to assess resource efficiency and innovation in a circular economy, specifically exploring the role of remanufacturing, repair, direct reuse and refurbishment in extending product lives and contributing to resource efficiency in both developing and developed countries.

Papers, books & articles

  • C. Kreiss, N. Nasr, and R. Kashmanian, Making the Business Case for Sustainability: How to Account for Intangible Benefits—A Case Study Approach, Environmental Quality Management, 2016.
  • S. Yang, N. Nasr, A holistic decision support tool for remanufacturing: End-Of-Life (EOL) Strategy Planning, Journal of Cleaner Production 2015.
  • S. Yang, N. Nasr, Designing automotive products for remanufacturing from material selection perspective, Journal of Cleaner Production 2015
  • Book chapter: A New Dynamic, published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2016
  • Book chapter, Remanufacturing and Product Service Model, Palgrave Macmillan Publishers, Andrew Jones, Patrik Ström, Brita Hermelin and Grete Rusten (eds), 2016

Areas of expertise

  • Design for Remanufacturing
  • Remanufacturing Process Technology
  • Remanufacturing Policy
  • Sustainable Manufacturing Applied Research