During a bitter winter in January 1998, Lisa Safstrom loaded herself and her bike onto a Greyhound bus in Boston to visit a friend in Atlanta. She planned to stay for a week. Instead, she moved here.
“I was a bike messenger up there, and we worked in the worst weather,” Safstrom said. “I came down here in January, and it was 64 degrees.”
Safstrom continued working as a bike messenger in Atlanta, which eventually inspired her to enroll in graduate school at Georgia Tech in 2004 for City and Regional Planning.
Steve Swant is not a green vigilante. He doesn’t drive an electric vehicle. He sometimes uses plastic bags at the grocery store. But as executive vice president of Administration and Finance at Georgia Tech, he’s doing what he can to make sure Tech is a sustainable operation.
“It’s my passion and my team’s passion,” said Swant, who has a background in architecture and urban planning. Swant’s been at Tech since 1996 and, in his nearly 20 years on campus, he has watched the campus get better and smarter about its sustainability practices.
Georgia Tech's Scheller College of Business was recently named one of the grand prize winners for the Dr. Alfred N. and Lynn Manos Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula.
The Page Prize was launched in the fall of 2008 by the Darla Moore School of Business to encourage efforts to expose business students to state-of-the-art environmental sustainability knowledge.
For the first time, a team of graduate students from Georgia Tech has made it to the finals of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Hines Student Urban Design competition. The team is made up of Audrey Plummer, Dawn Riley and Logan Tuura, who are all pursuing dual master degrees in architecture and in city and regional planning; Blair Revercomb, a master’s in city and regional planning student; and Yigong Zhang, a master’s in urban design student while an exchange student from Tongji University in Shanghai.
The newest tool in the future of transportation planning is in your hand.
OK, maybe your pocket. Or your purse.
It’s your Android smartphone. And with a quick app download, your phone can help Georgia Tech transportation researchers better understand how people get where they’re going and how much congestion they are facing on their commute (think: speeds on freeways and how you’re driving relative to the flow of traffic).
The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) celebrated the father of landscape architecture Monday as it also launched its search for a faculty member to fill a newly endowed chair.
The Frederick Law Olmsted Symposium assembled six experts in sustainable urban infrastructure to talk about the man and the concepts he created. It was the start of a conversation about who can best advance the ideas of sustainability in our cities and suburbs as the new Olmsted Chair in CEE.
Coming on the heels — and wheels — of National Bike Month, Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is rolling out a new bike rental program for students, called BuzzBike.
Beginning Monday, June 2, students may apply to rent a bike for a semester at a time.
Georgia Tech is pleased to announce a broader research mission, additional resources and a new name for the Institute of Paper Science and Technology (IPST), one of Georgia Tech’s 10 interdisciplinary research institutes. IPST is being renamed the Renewable Bioproducts Institute (RBI) effective June 1, 2014.
This month, Georgia Tech will join entities around the country to observe National Bike Month.
But at Tech, bicycles are an ever-present mode of transport, not just a recreational vehicle to be hauled out ceremonially once a year.
Tech has catapulted forward in recent years when it comes to campus bike infrastructure.
Are you already dreading your commute home this evening? Kari Watkins isn’t, and she doesn’t want you to either.
Watkins is the civil engineering professor who’s been all over the news lately thanks to the app she co-created, One Bus Away. She’s also a bike commuter who says you don’t have to be a “super cyclist” to ride through town on two wheels. In a city where car culture is endemic, Watkins advocates easier, cheaper and more environmentally friendly ways to get around.