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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.

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. 

The National Science Foundation recently awarded a Georgia Tech team led by School of Economics Assistant Professor Juan Moreno-Cruz and BBISS Director John Crittenden a three year, $300,000-grant to understand how regional economic activities and energy

The Sino-U.S. Eco Urban Lab, a joint laboratory of Georgia Tech and Tongji University, is organizing the 2015 International Symposium on Eco Urban Design. The Symposium will take place in Shanghai on June 5-6, 2015. Georgia Tech faculty members Alan Balfour, John Crittenden, Catherine Ross, Ellen Dunham-Jones, Subhro Guhathakurta, and Perry Yang will participate. They hope to initiate dialogue on the future research of ecological urban systems in the context of China’s rapid urbanization and its potential global impact.

Georgia Tech’s campus is home to many research laboratories, but how often is Tech itself the subject?

The Smart Energy Campus Program uses Georgia Tech as a living laboratory and collects data from energy utility systems all over campus. Through collaboration among multiple campus departments, insights from this project will directly impact energy planning and consumption on campus in many ways, with the hope of making Tech’s energy utility systems more efficient.

While working as global vice president of integrated marketing communications for Coca-Cola, Omar Rodriguez-Vila spent several years living in China in preparation for the company’s sponsorship of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

Earth’s air pollution and climate change issues are linked to combustion and its detrimental byproducts: greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and gases that pollute the atmosphere such as nitrogen oxides.

Researchers have made significant strides in new energy generation technologies. Yet, before renewable sources can make a significant contribution to our energy supply, similar strides will be needed in energy storage, making it the new holy grail.

A feature article in Research Horizons magazine highlights some of the projects, led by Georgia Tech faculty and researchers, that will improve the capture, storage, management, and delivery of renewable energy.

In collaboration with Shanghai’s Tongji University, students in the dual Urban Design Studio have spent the last semester conceptualizing a new framework for Eco-City Design in the context of Chongming Island, Shanghai. The design groups from Georgia Tech and Tongji University traveled to the largely rural island at the mouth of the Yangtze River to conduct field studies with the locals and identify key challenges. After their visit, students and faculty took part in a week long workshop that included 11 Georgia Tech students, professors Perry Yang and Richard Dagenhart, Ph.D.

Georgia Tech will host its second Energy Expo next week, continuing to position itself as a leader and hub of energy-related activity in the region and nation.

Hosted by the Energy Club, the Expo will take place April 2–3 at the Student Center, bringing students and others in the energy community together to focus on the scientific, policy, and business elements surrounding the greater issue of energy. The two-day event includes sessions on topics such as legal and regulatory framework, entrepreneurship and access to capital in the energy field, and new technologies.

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