The institute, known as NYSP2I, is headquartered at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) but draws from a network of universities and research centers from around the state to operate 16 research and development test beds. Polymer processing and testing will take place at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, environmental engineering of nanomaterials and printing applications at RIT, green processing and biofuels at Clarkson University, and sustainable chemistry processes at the University of Buffalo. Empire State Development awarded RIT a $2 million grant to establish and operate the institute. Specific areas of focus include alternative cleaning technologies, remanufacturing and recycling process development, sustainable design and green product assessment. The institute takes a two-pronged approach: direct technical assistance for companies and sharing information and best practices. Many companies generally worry that adopting environmentally friendly practices is expensive, said NYSP2I Spokesman William Dube. "The perception is getting better," Dube said. RIT's experience working with industry has saved companies money and reduced waste. For example, a research team helped several manufacturers develop and implement enhanced surface cleaning processes that cut hazardous waste generation 98 percent. Energy use dropped and the firms enjoyed cumulative annual savings of US$258,000.

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