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.
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 Georgia Institute of Technology is one of 18 colleges and universities named to Princeton Review’s 2010 Green Rating Honor Roll for maintaining the most sustainable practices, policies and course offerings among all campuses rated for their environmental friendliness. This is the third straight year Georgia Tech is being recognized for their efforts on sustainability.
For the third consecutive year, the Georgia Institute of Technology has earned Tree Campus USA recognition for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship, the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation has announced.
Tree Campus USA is a national program that honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy management of their campus forests and for engaging the community in environmental stewardship.
At the recent Greenprints conference on sustainability, Georgia Tech’s Baabak Ashuri joined thought leaders to pinpoint key trends in green building in the year ahead. With Ken Edelstein, author of Greenbuilding Chronicle, Steve O'Day, partner in Smith, Gambrell & Russell and Anita Anand, senior associate at Reznick Group, Ashuri provided expertise in what growth trends, financing options and the competitive environment for companies operating in the green building sector.
By Lauren Townsend, Contributing Writer, The Technique
Global warming: it’s a term that has people talking. Everyone from politicians to students knows of, or at least has heard of, recent climate changes thanks to popular coverage in the news.