Green Buzz

Integrated Food Chain Center (IFC) Launches At Georgia Tech

Long neglected as a significant area of supply chain analysis and exploration, the efficient transport of agricultural and food products is now receiving a high-profile platform for research and development at Georgia Tech.

In May, the Georgia Tech Integrated Food Chain Center (IFC) launched as an international research hub focused on designing, analyzing and improving the food chain for cold and perishable products.

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."

Bicycle Committee to Remove Abandoned Bikes from Campus

If you’ve ditched a bike on a campus bike rack lately, it’s time to fix it up or say goodbye. Starting Monday, May 16, the Georgia Tech Bicycle Infrastructure Improvement Committee (BIIC) will begin a campus-wide effort to tag and remove bicycles on campus racks that have been abandoned.

Student Alumni Association Awards More Than $20,000 to Campus Recycling

Recently, members of the Georgia Tech Student Alumni Association (SAA) presented the Office of Solid Waste Management and Recycling with more than $20,000 through its SAA Gift to Tech program. 

“Our office is honored to have been thought of so highly by the students that they would support our initiatives monetarily,” said Cindy Jackson, manager of campus recycling. “I will be working closely with the Student Alumni Association to develop plans on how the money will be used to expand the recycling program here at Georgia Tech.”

EPA Awards Clean Air Research Center Grant to Georgia Tech, Emory

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded a five-year grant of $8 million to the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory to create one of four national Clean Air Research Centers addressing the public health impacts of air pollution. The new centers were announced today at the Society of Toxicology meeting in Washington, D.C.

Arbor Day Foundation Names Georgia Tech a Tree Campus USA University

For the third consecutive year, the Georgia Institute of Technology has earned Tree Campus USA recognition for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship, the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation has announced.

Tree Campus USA is a national program that honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy management of their campus forests and for engaging the community in environmental stewardship.

Sustainable Flooring Benefits Hospitals in a Variety of Ways

Sustainability in construction and design continues to gain traction as stakeholders become more aware of the benefits of sustainable materials. The healthcare design industry, in particular hospitals, is putting more of an emphasis on how flooring materials can deliver benefits over the lifecycle of their facilities. 

A recent study by Georgia Tech research associate Jennifer DuBose and College of Architecture graduate assistant Amaya Labrador shows that several elements need to be considered when choosing the correct floor for a hospital environment.

21 Tons: Recycling Program Sets New Record

The Game Day Recycling program broke its own record this football season, diverting 21 tons of glass, aluminum, cardboard, plastic and other recyclables away from landfills for a chance at a second life.

Researchers Find Method for Recycling Rubble, Rebuilding Haiti

A year following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a method to recycle rubble into a strong construction material, which could be a possible solution for safely and inexpensively rebuilding Haiti’s structures.