Green Buzz

Recycle Cardboard during Fall Move-in

It's August on campus, meaning thousands of students will move into campus housing. Learn how to recycle cardboard, as well as about the fall Gameday Recycling Program, in the August issue of The Recycling Buzz.

Read or download the August issue (pdf).

SAA Gift To Tech Funds Twelve Recycling Centers

In 2011, the Student Alumni Association's first Gift to Tech was awarded to the campus recycling program, providing more than $20,000 to fund recycling projects around campus. Learn more about how those funds were used and other recycling news in the July issue of the Recycling Buzz.

Read or download the July issue (pdf).

GT Named to Annual Top 10 "Cool Schools" List

In its sixth annual assessment, SIERRA magazine named Georgia Tech among the nation’s “Coolest Schools,” a salute to U.S. colleges that are helping solve climate problems and making significant efforts to operate sustainably.

Triboelectric Generator Produces Electricity by Harnessing Frictional Forces

Researchers have discovered yet another way to harvest small amounts of electricity from motion in the world around us – this time by capturing the electrical charge produced when two different kinds of plastic materials rub against one another. Based on flexible polymer materials, this “triboelectric” generator could provide alternating current (AC) from activities such as walking.

Dining Hall Earns Award for Design Excellence

Earlier this year, the North Avenue Apartments earned LEED gold certification for its sustainable design. Now, the Atlanta Urban Design Commission (UDC) has honored the facility’s dining hall with an Award of Excellence.

The North Avenue Dining Hall earned the honor for the enhancements its sustainable design elements have brought to the intersection of North Avenue and Centennial Olympic Park Drive/Techwood Drive. 

Georgia Tech's Strategic Energy Institute Director to be a "Systems Integrator"

Tim Lieuwen spent five summers with the U.S. Forest Service working and hiking in the wilderness of Alaska and northern Idaho. That experience helped foster an appreciation for the planet's uniqueness that has driven his work as a professor and combustion engineer in Georgia Tech's School of Aerospace Engineering.

Klaus Recycling Alcove Gets Makeover | Recycling Buzz, June 2012

Learn about the new look for the Klaus recycling corner, new uses for lemon peels and how many tons of waste Georgia Tech diverted from landfills last year.

Download or read online the June issue (pdf) from the Office of Solid Waste Management and Recycling.

Smaller is Better: Emilson Silva Applies Game Theory to Pollution Control

Emilson Silva devotes a great deal of thought to games -- not leisure activities such as soccer or Parcheesi, but the complex give-and-take of public policy and economics.

A professor of economics and director of the Ph.D. program in the Ivan Allen College's School of Economics, Silva analyzes the rationale behind the behavior of governments in determining policies that have transboundary effects, that is, policies that affect not only the citizens of a particular jurisdiction, but also the citizens of another jurisdiction.

Georgia Tech Saves Water and Money from being Flushed Down the Drain

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.

Here Comes the Sun | Shining a Light on Solar Energy

Once you notice the sound, it’s hard to unhear. The low, clicking whirr fills every gap of silence in Ajeet Rohatgi’s office. It’s the toys, the delicate wood and metal figurines arranged atop one of the professor’s sagging bookshelves—an airplane, an oil rig, a windmill.