Since last fall, when the notion of developing a Living Building on Georgia Tech’s campus became a reality, there has been a flurry of planning activities that have involved a variety of stakeholders on campus and beyond to help ensure the success of this transformative project.

Launching this month is a new, 10-year initiative to teach sustainability and community engagement concepts across every major at Georgia Tech, and it begins with a course inspired in part by the successful “Computing 4 Good” (C4G) program from the College of Computing.

Earlier this month, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Bee Campus USA announced that Georgia Tech is the second university in the nation to be certified as an affiliate of Bee Campus USA, a program designed to marshal the strengths of educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators.

College students, faculty, administrators, and staff have long been among the nation's most dedicated champions for sustainable environmental practices. 

At the 2016 Earth Day celebration, hundreds of people will receive T-shirts that they'll wear on campus for years to come — and they could be sporting your design.

The Earth Day planning committee is holding a design contest for this year's T-shirt around the theme "Earth Day — Can You Dig It?" The winning designer will earn $500. 

Autumn is upon us. The campus trees are dropping their leaves and tucking themselves in for a long winter's sleep. The result is a beautiful color display as well as leaves on the ground – a lot of leaves. This time of year, to help manage the leaf-fall, you will hear the persistent sounds of leaf-blowing equipment around campus. In total, there are 54 pieces of equipment, manned by 32 staff members who diligently corral the fallen leaves. 

Georgia Tech employees took to two wheels in droves during the month of October, beating out more than 30 other employers to win this year’s Atlanta Bike Challenge.

Tech won first place in its category of organizations with more than 2,000 employees. 

Georgia Tech has received the 2015 Georgia Urban Forest Council’s (GUFC) prestigious President’s Award for its comprehensive urban campus tree inventory and management practices. The GUFC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustaining Georgia’s green legacy by helping communities grow healthy trees, will present its 2015 Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards on November 5 at its annual awards program in Savannah, Georgia. 

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) recently recognized Georgia Tech with an Honor Award in the Society's 2015 Green Star Awards competition. The award was given in the University and College Grounds category for exceptional grounds maintenance.

Our woolly, four-legged friends are back to help manage the vegetation. This marks their second return to campus to help control one of the most invasive plants in the South — the dreaded kudzu.

“Typically, the approach to managing a particularly overgrown area, like we have here at Tech, requires several grazing sessions with the sheep,” states Jerry Young, landscape project manager in Facilities Management.

This year, Georgia Tech students have the chance to compete in the Department of Energy’s biennial Solar Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon is a competition among collegiate teams to build solar-powered houses. Along the way, participants learn about environmental benefits, comfort, and affordability of energy-efficient homes.

Since it started in 2002, the program has hosted more than 130 collegiate teams. The program has also grown internationally with expansion into Europe, China, Latin America, and the Middle East. 

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.

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