Around 80 people attended the first Student Government Association Sustainability Forum last month, getting answers from staff members to questions they had about sustainability issues on campus.
Read about the forum and news from sustainability student groups and research projects in the November/December issue of Up With the Green and Gold (download pdf at right).
If the 4.9 million barrels of oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 Deep Water Horizon spill was a ecological disaster, the two million gallons of dispersant used to clean it up apparently made it even worse – 52-times more toxic. That’s according to new research from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes (UAA), Mexico.
Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering with GE and Ford Motor Co. to study ways to add greater efficiencies to electric driving and charging performance.
GE recently announced its plans to purchase 2,000 new Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrids for its fleet. As part of the collaboration, Ford will jointly market GE’s alternative fuel infrastructure solutions to commercial customers and provide new alternative fuel vehicles for use at GE’s Vehicle Innovation Center.
The average person consumes about 4,000 calories on Thanksgiving, two times the amount that an average person needs. And that’s just the start of a holiday season full of parties, dinners and get-togethers.
Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have been awarded three grants totaling more than $9 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) to develop energy technology solutions.
The three new awards are for projects involving solar fuel generation, power generation from vortices of solar heated air and energy storage.
David Young, IM 63, has spent three decades cleaning up an abandoned historic cemetery in Chattanooga, Tenn. He works almost entirely alone, without help or publicity. He knows the work will outlive him—and he fears it will be what kills him. What keeps him going?
Steven Van Ginkel, a research engineer in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was walking his dog along Peachtree Creek in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood when he saw abandoned tires stuck in a sandbar. While some might have seen pollution, Van Ginkel saw building materials.
You don’t have to go far to find fresh food on campus. In fact, on the southeast side of the Instructional Center lawn, a plethora of fresh produce grows from six garden beds maintained by Students Organizing for Sustainability (SOS).
Last spring, SOS took its community garden from a nook on East Campus to the new West Campus location. In a few weeks, the group will have its inaugural fall crop.
Go Jackets! Go Green!
Since the Game Day Recycling program began in 2008, Georgia Tech has collected 96.9 tons of material — glass, plastic, aluminum, cardboard and more — diverting these recyclables away from the landfill. With one game remaining in the 2012 season, organizers are hoping to reach the 100-ton mark following the Nov. 17 contest against the Duke Blue Devils.
If you are attending the game, take care to use the blue recycling bags or use the recycling containers both outside and inside the stadium. Every bottle and can counts!
Two teams of Georgia Tech School of Architecture students were selected as the first and third prizewinners in the prominent Land Art Generator competition for public art installations in New York’s expansive Freshkills Park. “Scene-Sensor” by James Murray and Shota Vashakmadze captured first place and a handsome $15,000 prize, while “Pivot” by Vermouth (Vee) Hu and Ben Smith (currently a graduate student at Yale University) finished third.