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Two recent bits of news from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) point to continued groundwork being laid toward a circular economy in the U.S. and beyond.
First, the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), part of the EMF’s Pioneer University network, has been selected by the US Department of Energy, as part of its Manufacturing USA initiative, to lead its new Reducing Embodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute. The project will see a national coalition of leading universities and companies forge new clean energy initiatives, deemed critical in keeping the U.S. manufacturing industry competitive. The EMF is a REMADE partner organization.
The Institute will focus its efforts on driving down the cost of technologies essential to the reuse, recycle and remanufacture of materials such as metals, fibers, polymers and electronic waste, and aims to achieve a 50 percent improvement in overall efficiency by 2027.
RIT has a long and established reputation as a global leader in sustainable manufacturing, remanufacturing, applied research, technology transfer and policy development. Through the REMADE Institute, RIT will work with $140 million in resources as well as a team of researchers, national laboratories, companies and trade organizations.
“Across the nation and around the world, cleaner production, clean tech and adoption of a circular economy are recognized as critical drivers to a prosperous future,” said Nabil Nasr, Associate Provost and Director of RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability. “As resource scarcity intensifies, the thoughtful use of water, energy and raw materials is the only path forward. This Institute will leverage several strong building blocks already in place in New York State and create new opportunities for economic growth.”
As a Pioneer University and member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 (CE100) network, RIT will continue to work closely with the Foundation to integrate circular economy into its research and education efforts, and to contribute to circular economy initiatives and publications.
Meanwhile, EMF also recently announced the addition of six new Emerging Innovators to its international CE100 program, all of which are prototyping and scaling new business models that will help accelerate the shift to a circular economy:
Published Jan 13, 2017 2pm EST / 11am PST / 7pm GMT / 8pm CET