Green Buzz

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.”

Move-in Brings Large Quantities of Cardboard to Campus

Between cardboard recycling during move-in and the start of another Gameday Recycling season, the fall is a season of unrest for the Office of Solid Waste Management and Recycling.

This month's issue of The Recycling Buzz gives the details of these programs, plus how to order recycling containers for your campus office. Read or download (but please, don't print) the August Recycling Buzz (pdf).

Building Construction Student Recognized as Young Energy Professional of the Year

The Association for Energy Engineers (AEE) has named School of Building Construction graduate student Abe Kruger the Region II Young Energy Professional of the Year. Every year the AEE selects a young professional from each of the 5 regions in the United States to honor their outstanding contributions to the energy profession and their community.

Howard Connell Named Director of Center on Business Strategies for Sustainability

Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business’ Center on Business Strategies for Sustainability recently named Howard Connell professor of the practice of sustainable business.

Connell, who now serves as director of the Center, previously was the global sustainability leader at Kimberly-Clark Corporation, where he led B2B sustainability efforts internationally for that $3 billion business unit, including strategy and execution, technical projects with engineers and scientists, and the development and management of multiple partnerships.

Sustainability, Athletics Directors Convene at On-Campus Summit

More than 100 administrators working in athletics and sustainability sectors of universities nationwide convened at Georgia Tech last month for the Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit. This was the first time the annual event was hosted at a participating school's facilities. 

Read more about the Summit and other recycling news in this month's Recycling Buzz. Read or download (but please, don't print) the the July issue (pdf).

Watkins Tackles Atlanta's Transit Conundrum

If you’re tuned in to transit-related news in Atlanta, you may have recently seen or heard Georgia Tech’s own Kari Watkins any number of places.

The assistant professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering — who is also a Tech alumna (CE 97) — has several projects related to sustainability, transportation and information, two of which have been the subject of media interest in recent months.