Green Buzz

New Campus-Wide Focus on Sustainable Communities Draws from ‘Computing 4 Good’

Launching this month is a new, 10-year initiative to teach sustainability and community engagement concepts across every major at Georgia Tech, and it begins with a course inspired in part by the successful “Computing 4 Good” (C4G) program from the College of Computing.

Design 2016 Earth Day T-Shirt, Win $500

At the 2016 Earth Day celebration, hundreds of people will receive T-shirts that they'll wear on campus for years to come — and they could be sporting your design.

The Earth Day planning committee is holding a design contest for this year's T-shirt around the theme "Earth Day — Can You Dig It?" The winning designer will earn $500. 

Preventing Bike Theft on Campus

Fall has officially arrived. With that, many are taking to the great outdoors — often by bike to make the most of the convenience, health benefits, and environmentally friendly aspects of this mode of transportation. Unfortunately, criminals want to make the most of bikes, too.

“On average, more than 50 bicycles are reported stolen on campus every year. Inexpensive bikes are stolen as frequently as expensive bikes,” said Captain Randy Barrone of Georgia Tech Police Department’s (GTPD) Crime Prevention Unit.

Georgia Tech Receives $30 Million Grant from The Kendeda Fund

The Georgia Institute of Technology has received a commitment for $30 million from The Kendeda Fund to build what is expected to become the most environmentally advanced education and research building ever constructed in the Southeast. The investment represents The Kendeda Fund’s largest single grant and ranks among the largest capital gifts ever received by Georgia Tech.

Gwinnett County Water Reuse Project Could Be 'Game Changer’ for Water Utilities

A metro Atlanta county is joining with School of Civil and Environmental Engineering researchers and engineering firm CDM Smith on a water reuse project that could be amodel for other communities around the country.

Using Nature’s Roadmap for Geotechnical Engineering

What can nature teach us about the way we engineer soil to strengthen the foundations of our buildings and infrastructure? What can we learn from ants and other burrowing insects to improve the efficiency of our underground tunneling efforts and make those tunnels safer?

NSF Funds $12M Research Network to Build Healthy, Sustainable, Livable Cities of the Future

How will we build the cities of the future in a sustainable way?

Sol-gel Capacitor Dielectric Offers Record-high Energy Storage

Using a hybrid silica sol-gel material and self-assembled monolayers of a common fatty acid, researchers have developed a new capacitor dielectric material that provides an electrical energy storage capacity rivaling certain batteries, with both a high energy density and high power density.

States Can Lower Electric Bills with Clean Power Plan

The U.S. electric system faces an array of challenges. Sluggish demand growth and the rise of solar power challenge the ability of utilities to recover their costs. The digital economy requires reliable power quality, and growing cyber threats call for increased investments in grid security. On top of these issues, global climate disruption suggests that energy systems need to be transformed. As a result, most forecasts predict that electricity bills will rise significantly over the next several decades.

Can Heat Be Controlled as Waves?

A growing interest in thermoelectric materials – which convert waste heat to electricity – and pressure to improve heat transfer from increasingly powerful microelectronic devices have led to improved theoretical and experimental understanding of how heat is transported through nanometer-scale materials.