Green Buzz

Tech Seeks Submissions for Ray C. Anderson Funding

The trustees of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, which advances knowledge and innovation around environmental stewardship and sustainability, have invited Georgia Tech to participate in a program funding innovative research and project-based initiatives toward the advancement of sustainable production and consumption.

The foundation focuses on applied research with measurable, real world application opportunities in the following core areas:

Housing to Streamline Recycling

This article originally appeared in the Feb. 15 issue of the Technique.

Starting Spring Break, the Department of Housing will implement a new single stream recycling system to replace the multi-stream process that Georgia Tech currently uses.

“Single stream recycling means that students don’t have to sort out their recycled trash,” said Bob Canada, the Procurement Officer for the Department of Housing.

2013 Earth Day T-Shirt Design Debuts

Earth Day is still a couple months away, but the campus planning committee has already unveiled the event's signature T-shirt.

Each year, the Georgia Tech Earth Day celebration features a T-shirt distributed to attendees that is designed by a Tech student, faculty or staff member. The February issue of the Recycling features this year's design that accompanies the theme "Tech for a Greener Future."

Georgia Tech Energy Director Appointed to National Petroleum Council

Tim Lieuwen, executive director of the Georgia Tech Strategic Energy Institute, has been appointed to the National Petroleum Council (NPC) by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Lieuwen, who is also a professor of aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech, will serve on the council of about 20 people that advises the secretary on matters relating to oil and natural gas.

Cycling Improvements Come to Nearby Neighborhoods

Last week, the Atlanta City Council approved $2.5 million in funding for bicycle projects during the next two years – many of which will directly border or feed into Georgia Tech’s campus.

Outdoor Recreation Receives Additional Endowment

In 1974, then-student David D. Flanagan and a small group of other Georgia Tech students, traveling with now-retired physics professor, Miller Templeton, piloted the first ORGT (Outdoor Recreation Georgia Tech) Expedition. They backpacked the Grand Canyon then rafted the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. For them it was an epic journey and the basis for valuable life lessons. Little did they know that their "experiment" would become the foundation for formative experiences for many Georgia Tech students.

Tree Campus USA Honors Tech for 5th Year

Some things might get old when they happen five years in a row, but for Hyacinth Ide, Georgia Tech’s associate director of landscape services, having the Institute named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation isn't one of them.

“A beautiful campus provides a recruiting and retention tool for students, faculty and staff,” said Ide. “A great number of students selected Georgia Tech because of the beauty of the campus.”

Tech Ranks among Top 50 Green Universities Worldwide

The Universitas Indonesia (UI) issued its 2012 GreenMetric ranking on Jan. 10, recognizing sustainability-minded universities around the world. Georgia Tech fell in line at number 48, the 13th-highest-ranked U.S. school included on the list; it ranked 25th among all urban campuses.

Ray C. Anderson Foundation Awards Tech More Than $100,000

This week, the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, created to honor the Tech alumnus and sustainability leader who passed away in 2011, awarded the Institute two research grants, totaling more than $100,000, for sustainability-related work.

Volunteers Needed for the 2013 NCAA Men’s Final Four Tournament in Atlanta

This year, Georgia Tech serves as host school for the 75th celebration of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship being held in Atlanta. Nearly 2,000 volunteers are needed during the Final Four and at ancillary and community events, including at a tree planting.