Green Buzz

Recycling Team Guides Community to Local Farmers Markets

Tech's farmers market season ends with the spring semester, but around Atlanta, the season is just beginning.

This month's issue of The Recycling Buzz guides you to local farmers markets in town. It also introduces you to a student member of the Solid Waste Management and Recycling team. Read or download (but please, don't print) the Recycling Buzz (pdf).

Solar Jackets ‘Endeavour’ Takes Team to Austin

The forecast calls for sunny weather this week in Austin, Texas, which is good news for 11 Georgia Tech students whose solar-powered car – the Endeavour – makes its racing debut there this Thursday at the Formula Sun Grand Prix.

The annual competition pits student-built cars from 12 North American universities against one another to test their handling of curves, braking and acceleration, all powered by the sun. The winner is determined by the total number of laps completed during three days of racing.

LEED List Goes Platinum with New Certifications

Adding to Georgia Tech’s catalog of sustainability honors, the Institute in recent months put three new LEED buildings on its list, which now includes one of the largest academic buildings to earn LEED Platinum certification.

Van Ginkel Designs Future of Farming with Aquaponics

If urban farming is the cure for food deserts, Steven Van Ginkel may be the man to lead us to the oasis.

Annual Celebration Honors Campus Contributions to Mother Earth

The 2013 Georgia Tech Earth Day Celebration was a time to celebrate the many elements of earth, as attendees came out on a wet spring day to celebrate their devotion to Mother Nature.

This month's Recycling Buzz includes photos of the event, as well as information about recipients of the festival's annual awards. This issue also highlights upcoming events in the area, including the Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable on June 7 and the Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit being hosted on campus June 25-26.

Keeping Campus Bicycle Friendly: Tips for Safe Cycling at Tech

The Georgia Tech campus is frequently lauded as a friendly place for cyclists, even being named a silver-level Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists last year.

With a growing number of cyclists on campus and May being National Bike Month, now is a good time to be reminded of safety measures all cyclists can take to enhance the safety of themselves, those around them and their equipment.

Tech Hosts Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit

Representatives from colleges and universities across the nation will gather at Georgia Tech June 25-26 to discuss how athletics and sports programs can be more environmentally responsible at the third annual Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit. 

The conference, which will be held in the Wardlaw Center, is open to student groups, athletics, recreation, sustainability, facilities, food service and recycling departments from all campuses. 

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.