04/07/2008

Pollution Prevention Institute Focuses on Green Manufacturing

A newly created Pollution Prevention Institute at Rochester Institute of
Technology in New York (USA) will focus on the design and testing of green
manufacturing methods.

The research-and-development center, announced by New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer,
will serve as a state and national source for new technologies in pollution
prevention and sustainable design. The institute will give businesses technical
support in decreasing the use of toxic chemicals, cutting waste generation,
decreasing exposure risks to workers, and promoting more efficient use of raw
materials and energy.

"There is a global shift occurring in how we produce, distribute, sell, and use
goods and services," Spitzer says. "By creating the Pollution Prevention
Institute, we are seizing an opportunity to help businesses become greener,
while improving productivity and reducing environmental damage."

"We are delighted that RIT has been selected to host this significant research
and development center that will benefit all New Yorkers," adds RIT President
Bill Destler. "It will not only leverage the extensive expertise that RIT has
accumulated in this important field, but it will enable us to collaborate with
an extraordinary group of academic partners and technology organizations in the
field."

RIT will receive $2 million in assistance to launch the institute, and Spitzer
has called for another $4 million to be allocated to the center in the 2008-09
executive budget. Initial activities will include the identification and
implementation of practical prevention methods, the development of professional
education and training programs, and the creation of a communications pipeline
for technical assistance.

The institute will also seek to create 16 research and development test beds,
or technological laboratories, through partnerships with Clarkson University,
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the State University of New York at
Buffalo. Capabilities of these test beds will include environmental engineering
of nanomaterials at RIT, biofuels testing at Clarkson, polymer testing at
Rensselaer and sustainable chemical process development at the University of
Buffalo. In addition, institute leaders plan on creating partnerships with New
York's 10 Regional Technology Development Corporations to help disseminate data
and strategy. These groups recently formed a green sustainability working group
to bolster environmental opportunities across the state.


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AplusA-online.de - Source: Environmental Protection