With sustainable living becoming a more common concern in homes throughout the country, many people are doing what they can to live greener. However, two recent Georgia Tech graduates are taking these ideas further, thinking big to create ways for major companies to reduce their energy consumption.
In the United States alone, government and private industry together invest more than $3 billion per year in nanotechnology research and development, and globally the total is much higher. What will be the long-run economic returns from these investments, not only in new jobs and product sales, but also from improvements in sustainability?
The Georgia Institute of Technology announced today that it will be upgrading all of its residence hall laundries, bringing them up-to-date environmentally.
“Georgia Tech strives to be a leader in sustainability and environmentally conscious programs,” said Rich Steele, acting executive director of Georgia Tech Auxiliary Services. “Our laundries need new equipment on a regular cycle and we wanted to make sure the improvements included energy efficient equipment.”
The Georgia Institute of Technology today received the 2008 American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) College and University Recycling Award. AF&PA's awards program recognizes outstanding school, business, and community recycling efforts.
Today's awards were presented during the industry's 131st Annual Paper Week, where it was also announced that a record 56 percent of the paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2007.
AASHE's award for student research on campus sustainability recognizes outstanding student research that advances the field of campus sustainability. Students are invited to submit research papers on campus sustainability. The papers may be of any length, not previously published, written in English, and completed within the 12-months prior to the application deadline. A version of the winning paper will be published in Sustainability: The Journal of Record. Longer papers will be edited to meet the Journal's length standards.
In honor of Earth Day 2008, Georgia Tech dining services, in partnership with Sodexho, Inc., participated in a nation wide food drive and environmental awareness event. Called
For the first time, the Student Center Food Court, Brittain and Woodruff Dining Halls, and both convenience stores, EastSide and WestSide markets have organic foods, including packaged food products, produce and entrees.
"We saw a demand for organic products so we teamed up with the SOS [Students Organizing for Sustainability] organization and created a committee to see what students would like," said Staci Heck, retail operations director, GT Dining.
Ajeet Rohatgi and several other university, government, and business leaders received Community Awards from the Georgia Sierra Club at the groups's 25th Anniversary Gala, held on June 28 at Park Tavern. Dr. Rohatgi was recognized for his efforts to help move both Georgia and the U.S. into a clean energy economy through his solar energy research at Georgia Tech.
The U.S. is using less energy today per dollar of economic activity than at any time in modern history. So why are electricity prices rising? The answers are numerous. Visit www.gatech.edu/energybuzz to check out the Georgia Tech Energy Sustainability Index featuring articles by Nobel Prize Laureate and Georgia Tech Professor of Public Policy, Dr. Marilyn Brown.