Sustainable Production and the Circular Economy
Nabil Z. Nasr, PhD
Associate Provost and Founding Director of Golisano Institute for Sustainability Rochester Institute of Technology
CEO of the REMADE Institute
Rochester, New York
Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 | 6:00 p.m.
McArthur Engineering Addition, Jose Milton Leadership Hall, Room 202
1251 Memorial Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
The growing demands for new products coupled with the rise in consumption in developing economies are resulting in global environmental challenges. The major cause of continued deterioration in the global environment is unsustainable consumption and production. There is strong evidence that transitioning to a sustainable economy can lead to higher economic growth while reducing the impact on the environment. Industry is becoming aware that the life-cycle impacts of a production system must be understood and optimized. This presentation will discuss a framework and methodology for sustainable production and touch on initiatives in this area. Highlights of key enabling technologies focused on enhancing product performance, expanding product service life, and lowering energy and material consumption will also be discussed. An overview of the recently established REMADE Institute will also be provided. This institute focuses its efforts ondriving down the cost of technologies essential to reuse, recycle and remanufacture materials such as metals, fibers, polymers and electronic waste and aims to achieve a 50-percent improvement in overall energy efficiency by 2027.
Nabil Z. Nasr, PhD, is the founding director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at Rochester Institute of Technology. He also serves as the CEO of the Reducing EMbodied-Energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute, a national coalition working on new clean energy initiatives. His research interests include remanufacturing, circular economy, cleaner production and life cycle engineering. He also is the founder of the Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery, a leading source of applied research in remanufacturing technologies. He is a member of the International Resource Panel of the United Nations Environment Programme and previously served as an expert delegate with the U.S. Government in international forums such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He also served on the National Academies National Research Council, National Materials and Manufacturing Board. Nasr holds an MS and PhD in industrial and systems engineering from Rutgers University.