Green Buzz

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.

Students Encouraged to Utilize Green Space on Campus

Spring is finally here – temperatures are rising, flowers are blooming and students are itching to spend their time outdoors. However, campus has undergone many changes during the past year, limiting recreational use in some areas.

Don’t be discouraged – the “Please Keep off the Grass” signs are coming down soon, and there are still plenty of ideal locations for a game of Frisbee, sunbathing, reading and soaking up good conversation and sunlight with friends.

Couch Park

Students Achieve Record-Breaking Reductions in Carbon Emissions

Reducing carbon emissions is a topic of conversation around the nation and world, including on Tech’s campus. Last semester, students taking an earth and atmospheric sciences class titled “Energy, the Environment and Society” teamed up to see which group could reduce greatest amount of emissions over an eight-week period. The winning team in the Carbon Reduction Challenge succeeded in keeping 94,000 pounds of CO2 out of the air for a cost savings of $10,000.

May Issue of Recycling Buzz Now Online

How many pounds of goods were donated by students moving out of dorms? Which students and campus organizations were honored at Earth Day 2012? Find out in the May issue of the Recycling Buzz, an online newsletter from the Office of Solid Waste Management and Recycling.Read or download the May issue now (pdf).

Marilyn Brown Named An Inaugural Ambassador for DOE/MIT Women in Clean Energy Program

Climate and energy policy professor Marilyn Brown has been named an inaugural ambassador in U.S. Department of Energy / MIT Women in Clean Energy Program for the United States.