Washington, D.C., January 24, 2017 – The Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) was selected by the Department of Energy, as part of
its “Manufacturing USA” initiative, to lead its new “Reducing Embodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute. REMADE will be a national research coalition, based at and led by RIT, that will forge new clean energy initiatives deemed critical in keeping U.S. manufacturing competitive.
The institute will focus on research designed to drive down the costs of technologies essential to reuse, recycle and remanufacture materials such as metals, fibers, polymers and electronic waste. The $70 million in DOD funding will be matched by $70 million in private sector cost-share commitments.
RIT which has a long and well established reputation as a global leader in sustainable manufacturing, will work in collaboration with Idaho National Lab, Argonne National Lab, and several other major research universities. Approximately $35 to $40 million of the federal research dollars will be spent at RIT.
The National Group, which represents RIT in Washington, conducted a national lobbying campaign on behalf of REIT’s application, focused both on coordinating support from Members of Congress from more than a dozen state and Congressional districts to express support for the RIT consortium proposal to DOE, and working within DOE to convince the agency that RIT’s leadership was unique in this area and would give the initiative the best chance at success.
A news release from RIT announcing the REMADE award is attached.