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.
For the third time in 2012, Georgia Tech has been recognized on a national level for its sustainable efforts. Most recently, Tech was among 15 schools highlighted by the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) for reducing carbon emissions, maximizing resources, lowering operating costs and allowing members of the Tech community to also engage in good practices.
Georgia Tech residence halls are becoming more eco-friendly with LEED certification renovations.
LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certifies only buildings that meet with a strict standard of environmentally-conscious construction and maintenance. Certified buildings must meet requirements for "sustainable design, construction, and operation."
The Green Cleaning program at Georgia Tech has released a new website, to provide information about the program's history, the products and methods Georgia Tech facilities use to keep the campus green.
The Green Cleaning program was implemented in 2003. A grass roots effort aimed at providing an environmental preferred method to cleaning American Schools. Green cleaning is defined as “cleaning that protects health without harming the environment.”
The Zelnak Center recently became the Institute’s fourth
building to earn LEED gold certification.
The basketball practice facility, which opened in October
2009, is named for alumnus and donor Steven Zelnak and is used by both the
Georgia Tech men’s and women’s basketball teams. It includes a full-size court,
six baskets, weight room, the Robert A. Anclien Strength & Conditioning
Center and a theater.
Following the North Avenue Apartments (NAA) attaining LEED
Gold status for Existing Buildings (EB) Operations and Maintenance (O&M) in
December, the complex was dedicated this week to note the honor.
Georgia Tech President G. P. “Bud” Peterson and Executive
Director of Housing Mike Black made remarks in front of the apartments
Thursday, Feb. 9.