Green Buzz

Design 2014 Earth Day T-Shirt, Win $500

At the 2014 Earth Day celebration, hundreds of people will receive T-shirts that they'll wear on campus for years to come — and they could be sporting your design.

The Earth Day planning committee is holding a design contest for this year's T-shirt around the theme "Green is Global." The winning designer will earn $500. 

Diesel or Electric? Study Offers Advice for Owners of Urban Delivery Truck Fleets

For owners of delivery truck fleets who may be trying to decide between electric or diesel vehicles, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are offering some advice: comparisons of the energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and total cost of ownership for the medium-duty vehicles.

The advantages of electric versus diesel depend largely on how the trucks will be used – the frequency of stops and average speeds – and the source of electricity for charging batteries. In city driving with frequent stops, the electric trucks clearly outperform diesel vehicles.

Strategic Energy Institute Requests Funding Proposals

Georgia Tech's strategic plan, “Designing the Future,” calls for increasing leadership in defining and shaping the world, rather than responding to or being shaped by it. The Strategic Energy Insitute (SEI) is chasing this challenge and currently seeking proposals from the Georgia Tech community for projects that will promote thought leadership in the energy arena.

Road warriors: GT researchers redefine infrastructure maintenance

Transportation officials and researchers from several states gathered at Georgia Tech on Aug. 29 to review the results of the RS-GAMS2 Project, a 2-year, $1.9 million research enterprise that promises to revolutionize the way our nation’s roads are inventoried, managed, and maintained.

To the delight of its principal investigator, CEE’s Dr. James Tsai, this research will also change the way civil engineers do their work.

Student Job Open in Office of Solid Waste Management and Recycling

The Office of Solid Waste Management & Recycling is in need of a social marketing student assistant for 20 hours per week for the 2013-14 school year.

The ideal candidate will be capable of managing a social media campaign, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. He or she should be able to plan, implement, and follow up with analytics and insights.

Additional duties may include:

Campus Queried about Future Bike Projects

The Bicycle Infrastructure Improvement Committee (BIIC) is planning for campus improvements and wants to hear from you, regardless of whether you even own a bike.

An open survey has been developed by this campuswide group of students, faculty, and staff to determine both short- and long-term projects and priorities. The online survey takes about five minutes to complete and will be open through Sept. 27 at www.surveymonkey.com/s/GTbike.

Home Football Opener Kicks Off Record-Setting Recycling Season

As Georgia Tech’s football team prepares for its season opener Saturday, another team prepares for the flood of fans and alumni who will come to campus in anticipation of the moment when toe meets leather in Bobby Dodd Stadium.

The Gameday Recycling team kicks off its sixth season with the Yellow Jackets’ home opener against Elon University this weekend, returning with its trademark blue bags for 40,000 tailgaters to use to dispose of their recyclables.

New Lighting Will Save More Than $10K Per Year

The Georgia Tech Facilities Management Energy Conservation team made the decision to switch from 32 watt, 4 foot, T8 linear fluorescent lamps to 28 watt, long life equivalent fluorescent lamps — a decision that will save the Institute more than $10,000 per year.

Provost Bras Named to U.S. Department of Energy Advisory Board

Rafael Bras, provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at Georgia Tech, has accepted an invitation to join the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. The 19-member panel, comprised of scientists, business executives, academics and former government officials, will serve as an independent advisory committee to U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

Save Money with Commute Alternatives

Not many people can say that their commute to Georgia Tech is relaxing — but David Santa Ana can.       

For three years, Santa Ana, associate director of parking in the Office of Parking and Transportation Services (PTS), has taken the GRTA Xpress bus to work from Newnan.

“It can be faster than driving and is very relaxing,” he said. “Instead of arriving at work stressed or getting home tired, I can read or sleep on my commute, or talk with passengers that work in this area.”