Green Buzz

April Issue of Recycling Buzz Now Online

The Earth Day buzz has hit campus, and the Recycling Buzz has all the details for planning your celebration.

This month's issue features the full Earth Day schedule, as well as information about Tech Beautification Day, electronics recycling and other upcoming events. Read or download (but please, don't print) the Recycling Buzz (pdf).

Trees Used to Create Recyclable, Efficient Solar Cell

Solar cells are just like leaves, capturing the sunlight and turning it into energy. It’s fitting that they can now be made partially from trees.

Georgia Institute of Technology and Purdue University researchers have developed efficient solar cells using natural substrates derived from plants such as trees. Just as importantly, by fabricating them on cellulose nanocrystal (CNC) substrates, the solar cells can be quickly recycled in water at the end of their lifecycle.

Sign Up as Campus Conservation Building Captain

On-campus residents who want to help Georgia Tech be more energy efficient have the opportuntiy to help the Institute "Flip the Switch" in the Campus Conservation Nationals competition.

Tech will compete against more than 100 other colleges and universities in this energy and water conservation competition. Building Captains are needed from each campus dormitory to help Tech achieve the greatest energy and water reduction levels in its residence halls.

'Find-It Friday' Going On Now through Earth Day

In anticipation of the annual campus Earth Day Celebration on April 19, every Friday until then will be a chance to hunt down tokens that can be redeemed for prizes at an Earth Day booth. 

Each Friday, with the exception of March 22, the Earth Day Planning Committee will hide a Find-it Friday token in a "green" location somewhere on campus. If you find a token, bring it to the information booth at the Earth Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and exchange it for a prize

Sustainability Guides Newest Addition to Mason Renovation

When faculty, students, and staff return to the Mason Building this summer, they won't have to worry about moisture damage if they lay a book down near one of the more than 300 windows that line the 90,000 square-foot structure.

That's because the Mason Building is getting an $800,000 window makeover, thanks to a recent decision by the Institute and the State of Georgia to fund the much-needed improvement.

From the Motor City to Cycle Atlanta: Dr. Kari (Edison) Watkins' Journey

Dr. Kari (Edison) Watkins (CE ’97) thinks it might be a good thing for Americans to cool down their love affair with the automobile. Her research promises to make that separation a little less painful.

“A lot of people think of public transportation as a stinky old bus that you have to wait for,” says Watkins, an assistant professor of civil engineering whose work has focused on collective transit, alternative transportation, and real-time user information software.

"But if the service respects me, by being a nice, frequent, on-time vehicle, people change their attitude.”

Donate Items for Earth Day Events

Kick off your spring-cleaning efforts by gathering items to contribute to Georgia Tech’s Earth Day efforts.

Until April 5, members of the campus community may donate used athletic shoes, clothing, E-waste or office supplies for one of the following Earth Day projects:

Alumnus Gift Establishes Frederick Law Olmsted Chair

Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) is generally regarded as the father of American landscape architecture. Among his works in twenty-four U.S. states and Washington, D.C., is the iconic design of Central Park in New York City. In Atlanta, his legacy is seen in the Druid Hills neighborhood near Emory University.

Georgia Tech Tools Enable Groundbreaking Gas Research

Scientists are now better able to examine rare methane gas samples recovered from deep beneath the seafloor using innovative tools developed by Georgia Tech.  

An international group of scientists recently used the tools to conduct groundbreaking research that could advance the understanding of how methane contained in marine sediment may be used as a viable energy source.

Student Organizations Form GT Green Alliance

In the most recent issue of Up With the Green and Gold, learn about the formation of the GT Green Alliance, a new collaborative of students working toward campus sustainability.

Hyacinth Ide talks about Tech's recent designation as a Tree Campus USA, and the Earth Day committee calls for nominations for multiple awards. Read up in the January/February issue of Up With the Green and Gold (download pdf at right).