Fall has officially arrived. With that, many are taking to the great outdoors — often by bike to make the most of the convenience, health benefits, and environmentally friendly aspects of this mode of transportation. Unfortunately, criminals want to make the most of bikes, too.

“On average, more than 50 bicycles are reported stolen on campus every year. Inexpensive bikes are stolen as frequently as expensive bikes,” said Captain Randy Barrone of Georgia Tech Police Department’s (GTPD) Crime Prevention Unit.

The Georgia Institute of Technology has received a commitment for $30 million from The Kendeda Fund to build what is expected to become the most environmentally advanced education and research building ever constructed in the Southeast. The investment represents The Kendeda Fund’s largest single grant and ranks among the largest capital gifts ever received by Georgia Tech.

How will we build the cities of the future in a sustainable way?

A metro Atlanta county is joining with School of Civil and Environmental Engineering researchers and engineering firm CDM Smith on a water reuse project that could be amodel for other communities around the country.

What can nature teach us about the way we engineer soil to strengthen the foundations of our buildings and infrastructure? What can we learn from ants and other burrowing insects to improve the efficiency of our underground tunneling efforts and make those tunnels safer?

Using a hybrid silica sol-gel material and self-assembled monolayers of a common fatty acid, researchers have developed a new capacitor dielectric material that provides an electrical energy storage capacity rivaling certain batteries, with both a high energy density and high power density.

The U.S. electric system faces an array of challenges. Sluggish demand growth and the rise of solar power challenge the ability of utilities to recover their costs. The digital economy requires reliable power quality, and growing cyber threats call for increased investments in grid security. On top of these issues, global climate disruption suggests that energy systems need to be transformed. As a result, most forecasts predict that electricity bills will rise significantly over the next several decades.

One of the world’s most prestigious honors will go to School of Civil and Environmental Engineering professor John Crittenden this fall.

A new group of Georgia Tech faculty has been tapped to serve as strategic advisors for the direction of sustainability research at Georgia Tech.

Fires will happen. But what if the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department could determine which buildings are at greatest risk of fire and prioritize inspections to focus on those sites?

The fire department is working to do just that thanks to a summer internship program sponsored by Georgia Tech and Oracle.

The city agency is one of four groups participating in this year’s Data Science for Social Good (DSSG), where 14 undergraduate and graduate students show non-profits and government agencies how data can tackle social and societal problems.

Georgia Tech is known for a lot of things — world-renowned academics and research, entrepreneurial students and, of course, the legendary George P. Burdell. But did you know that Georgia Tech is also becoming recognized for its thoughtful stewardship of its trees?

Georgia Tech’s campus is home to more than 11,400 trees. While the most popular by far is the common crape myrtle, the campus hosts approximately 130 species of trees — adding value to many aspects of campus life.

To commemorate a collaboration that spans nearly 20 years and has included more than 300 Georgia Tech students and professors, the Georgia Conservancy will award the College of Architecture with the 2015 Distinguished Conservationist award.

Dean French will accept the award on behalf of the college at the ecoBenefete on September 25.

A growing interest in thermoelectric materials – which convert waste heat to electricity – and pressure to improve heat transfer from increasingly powerful microelectronic devices have led to improved theoretical and experimental understanding of how heat is transported through nanometer-scale materials.

Plans to connect Atlanta to Chattanooga or Savannah or Charlotte via high-speed trains have been discussed for years, but no tangible progress has been made on any of those linkages.

Chattanooga’s mayor said recently the proposed line to his city likely won’t get the funding it needs from the federal government and is probably dead.

When Target proposed opening a 137,000 square foot store in Davis, California, some residents worried their city’s culture and economy was headed for disaster.

It was to be the first-ever “big-box” retailer in a city known for its very strict planning guidelines that had kept such stores out of the community. And its arrival would lure shoppers away from locally owned downtown stores, they reasoned, not to mention violate the city’s sustainability efforts and culture.

A smartphone app and related study for Atlanta bicyclists has won the first-ever Excellence in Innovation / Research of the Year Award from the Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) organization.

If you have recently noticed police officers in fluorescent yellow shirts riding bikes on campus, you are not alone. This highly visible four-member team is the newest creation of the Georgia Tech Police Department (GTPD), designed to enhance campus safety and community outreach.

The GTPD Core Campus Team launched on June 11 as one of several changes borne out of an in-depth analysis of data related to calls for service. Analysis included comparison of the call nature, timing, and location during the 12–hour shifts worked by all patrol officers.

The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year $300,000 grant for research in environmental sustainablility. The effort is led by School of Economics Assistant Professor Juan Moreno-Cruz with John Crittenden, Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems Director, serving as Co-PI.

Georgia Tech and Sandia sign a five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) that formally establishes a strategic collaboration between the university and the Department of Energy’s National Security Lab. The partnership aligns the two institutions’ shared goal of solving science and technology challenges of national importance.

Georgia Tech recently chose to make creating sustainable communities a pillar of its undergraduate curriculum through the new Serve•Learn•Sustain initiative, but it’s not the only university in the city working to expand this aspect of undergraduate learning. 

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