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:
$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.
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.
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.