Green Buzz

Students Improve Stadiums Energy Use

The Georgia Tech Athletic Association is installing photocells and solar breakers to decrease the amount of energy used by Bobby Dodd stadium's lights during the day. The Technique reports how the work of students made this switch possible.

Georgia Tech Recycling Program Wins Award

Keep Georgia Beautiful recently recognized the Georgia Tech Office of Solid Waste Management and Recycling (OSWM&R) with the Move-In/Move-Out Program with a first place award in the Waste Reduction and Recycling category of the Keep Georgia Beautiful 2009 Awards Program. Cindy Jackson, Manager of the OSWM&R, attended a reception at Emory University on November 5 to accept the award.

Program Honors Individuals While Fostering a Greener Campus

For many years the late Bruce M. Edwards, brought his daughter, Jaimie, to campus for tailgating prior to Yellow Jacket football games. The experience was especially meaningful for Edwards, a loyal Tech fan and single parent.

Prior to his death in January at age 59, the Tech alumnus expressed a desire to have a tree on campus named in his memory. Although Edwards died before he could select his tree for naming, his daughter -- a specialist in the U.S. Army -- came to campus and found the perfect tree, very close to the area where she had tailgated with her father years before.

NSF Awards $1.9 Million for Building Efficiency Research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) awarded nearly $2 million to Georgia Tech to develop better simulation models for predicting building efficiency. The research team is led by associate professor Fried Augenbroe with colleagues Christiaan Paredis, John Peponis and C. F. Jeff Wu, also of Georgia Tech, and Ali Malkawi of the University of Pennsylvania.

Department of Housing Works for LEED Certification

Georgia Tech residence halls are becoming more eco-friendly with LEED certification renovations.

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certifies only buildings that meet with a strict standard of environmentally-conscious construction and maintenance. Certified buildings must meet requirements for "sustainable design, construction, and operation."

Arbor Day Foundation Selects Tech to Receive 75 Trees

For its commitment to the development and maintenance of a healthy campus landscape, Georgia Tech has been selected by the Arbor Day Foundation as one of six universities to receive a recognition gift of 75 new trees. Student organizations, staff and university leadership will be on hand to assist with the planting during a November 6 ceremony, from 9 a.m. - noon at the Campanile.

Annual Green Report Card Grades Tech an A-

Georgia Tech continues to receive national attention for its commitment to sustainability, and this week was no different.

The Institute garnered an overall grade of "A-" on the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card, also known as the Green Report Card. The Sustainable Endowments Institute issues the annual report to measure sustainability initiatives at colleges and universities.

Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Honors Georgia Tech

The 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.

Georgia 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.

GE Awards Georgia Tech Students $14,000

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.

Two Georgia Tech Students Named Department of Energy Graduate Fellows

Sarah Miracle and Chris Shearer have been selected to receive fellowships as part of a new U.S. Department of Energy Graduate Fellowship program.

Both are pursuing Ph.D.s at Georgia Tech. Miracle is studying randomized algorithms and Markov chains in the School of Computer Science in the College of Computing, while Shearer is investigating sustainable concrete materials technology in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering.