How concerned should we be about climate change? Threats such as ISIS, ebola and shaky economies seem much more immediate and tangible than global warming. We asked two of Tech’s top experts in the field to discuss the issue.
Uncertainty Doesn’t Mean We Shouldn’t Take Action
By Judith Curry
Dean Alford, EE 76, never expected to become the face of a coal plant.
A clean-cut businessman with snow-white hair and a matching mustache, he looks comfortable in a tailored suit with a pocket-square intricately styled into three points over his chest. Despite his manicured appearance, he has an easy presence and comfortable charm. His big smile and Southern accent that’s equal parts folksy and sophisticated are a testament to his many years in politics.
Although fuel cells powered by methanol or hydrogen have been well studied, existing low temperature fuel cell technologies cannot directly use biomass because of the lack of an effective catalyst system for polymeric materials.
Georgia Tech’s Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) has been selected to receive a grant of $39,675 by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority for the purchase and installation of electric vehicle (EV) chargers.
These funds will help Georgia Tech expand its EV charging program by installing nine dual-port Level II chargers in visitor-accessible locations including near the Student Center, Bobby Dodd Stadium, and Howey Physics.
In designing a car, creativity is the rope that ties all the different parts together. It’s responsible for the design, look, and feel of the car. When the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) asks you to expand upon those features to make a car more environmentally friendly, those creative components have to be taken a step further.
Georgia Tech's Scheller College of Business is ranked eigth in Corporate Knights magazine’s Global 100 Sustainable MBA rankings for success at integrating sustainability into the school experience.
For this year’s ranking, Corporate Knights examined the top 100 master of business administration (MBA) programs listed in the Financial Times’ 2013 Global MBA ranking, determining which best prioritized sustainability through curriculum choices, dedicated institutes and centers, and relevant faculty research.
Becoming a tradition in itself, Georgia Tech has once again earned accolades for its efforts in sustainability.
The Princeton Review named Tech to its seventh annual Green Honor Roll for the year 2015. Tech was one of 24 colleges and universities receiving the highest possible score of 99. More than 800 schools were evaluated for the annual listing. Tech has made the Green Honor Roll since the Princeton Review began tracking its Green Ratings.
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.
Just in time for Earth Day, and for the sixth consecutive year, the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Georgia Tech as a Tree Campus USA university.
For Hyacinth Ide, associate director of landscape services, the award reaffirms that Tech is doing something right.
“It highlights all the things we are doing that otherwise people would not know,” Ide said. “A beautiful tree canopy helps in recruiting students and faculty. Once they see the peaceful environment, they want to come in and know more about what we have [on campus].”
Looking for a great way to spend your Earth Day? Sign up to be an Earth Day Volunteer, and be part of one of the biggest events on campus!
Whether you’re hanging out with Captain Planet, or making fresh, organic popcorn, being an Earth Day Volunteer is good for you and for the planet! For details about all of the exciting volunteer opportunities on Earth Day, or to register as a volunteer, visit www.earthday.gatech.edu/volunteers.html.