The guys at Georgia Tech may not have noticed, but there is something different about the restrooms on campus. Three hundred and eight automatic, one pint urinals have been installed throughout the Institute.
For more than 10 years, the Office of Facilities Management has been testing low flow water fixtures to reduce the campus’ water consumption. Many of the newer buildings on campus have energy and water efficient bathrooms with automatic faucets and low flow toilets, and now several of the older buildings will be receiving these upgrades as well.
In the United States alone, government and private industry together invest more than $3 billion per year in nanotechnology research and development, and globally the total is much higher. What will be the long-run economic returns from these investments, not only in new jobs and product sales, but also from improvements in sustainability?
Learn more about the role of green jobs in stimulating the U.S. economy from distinguished Georgia Tech faculty.
Ajeet Rohatgi and several other university, government, and business leaders received Community Awards from the Georgia Sierra Club at the groups's 25th Anniversary Gala, held on June 28 at Park Tavern. Dr. Rohatgi was recognized for his efforts to help move both Georgia and the U.S. into a clean energy economy through his solar energy research at Georgia Tech.
A Georgia Tech VenutreLab company, and current ATDC resident Suniva has announced plans for a 60,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Norcross, just north of Atlanta. Suniva will be building the some of the world's most efficient solar cells. Suniva was founded by Georgia Tech Professor Dr. Ajeet Rohatgi. Visit the VenutreLab blog (see: additional links) for more information on this important development.
The U.S. is using less energy today per dollar of economic activity than at any time in modern history. So why are electricity prices rising? The answers are numerous. Visit www.gatech.edu/energybuzz to check out the Georgia Tech Energy Sustainability Index featuring articles by Nobel Prize Laureate and Georgia Tech Professor of Public Policy, Dr. Marilyn Brown.
The Georgia Tech Residence Hall Association (RHA) in partnership with Students Organizing for Sustainability and Earth Alliance Georgia Tech is sponsoring
In an effort to bring home the issues of energy and sustainability, a student team from the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering analyzed electricity practices and identified potential energy savings for the ISyE complex. The team's findings prompted Georgia Tech Facilities, who provided assistance throughout the project, to enact a more sustainable nighttime lighting policy in the ISyE buildings.
Georgia Institute of Technology was honored by the Upper Chattahoochee
Riverkeeper (UCR) at the organization’s 16th Annual Patron Appreciation
Dinner held on Sept. 24. Georgia Tech alumnus Ray Anderson also received UCR’s
River Guardian Award.
Tech received UCR’s first River Sustainability Award for the university’s
significant investment in and leadership on behalf of water and energy
efficiency as exemplified by campus sustainability programs.
Twelve Georgia Tech students were awarded $14,000 in recognition of their innovative ideas for GE Energy Service’s Smart Grid Challenge Program. The competition provided the opportunity for students to address problems related to smart grid technologies.Six teams of Georgia Tech students participated in the challenge, tackling smart grid problems related to distribution losses, liability and demand.