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.
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.
Not so many years ago people might have laughed if told that used vegetable oil could be the fuel powering planes, trains and automobiles. Today that is just one of the environmental programs that GT Dining is working to make a reality.
Take a look at some of the programs GT Dining does and is planning to do on the Georgia Tech campus to promote and protect the environment.
Cooking Oil = Biodiesel Fuel
Tamara Johnson, a third-year biology major from Atlanta, Georgia, (and a graduate of Westlake High School) is one of Georgia Tech
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."
Georgia Tech continues to receive national attention for its commitment to sustainability, and this week was no different.
The Institute garnered an overall grade of "A-" on the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card, also known as the Green Report Card. The Sustainable Endowments Institute issues the annual report to measure sustainability initiatives at colleges and universities.
Georgia Institute of Technology was honored by the Upper Chattahoochee
Riverkeeper (UCR) at the organization’s 16th Annual Patron Appreciation
Dinner held on Sept. 24. Georgia Tech alumnus Ray Anderson also received UCR’s
River Guardian Award.
Tech received UCR’s first River Sustainability Award for the university’s
significant investment in and leadership on behalf of water and energy
efficiency as exemplified by campus sustainability programs.