Green Buzz

Georgia Tech hosts one of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the Southeast, with live music, more than 100 exhibitors, a green market, alternative fuel vehicle displays, environmental awards, interactive green challenges, and more.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to join the Earth Day Planning Committee. The committee is made up of about 25 members representing a wide variety of campus departments, student organizations, and majors.

Heat is the deadliest natural disaster facing the United States – killing more people than hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes combined. The bulk of these deaths occur in cities, which are heating up about twice as fast as the rest of the planet.

The number of heat-related deaths is projected to more than double by 2050. A new study from Georgia Institute of Technology shows these deaths can be drastically reduced – and in some cases nearly eliminated – if city leaders and urban planners adapt a few basic strategies.

Becoming a tradition in itself, Georgia Tech has once again earned accolades for its efforts in sustainability.

The Princeton Review named Tech to its seventh annual Green Honor Roll for the year 2015. Tech was one of 24 colleges and universities receiving the highest possible score of 99. More than 800 schools were evaluated for the annual listing. Tech has made the Green Honor Roll since the Princeton Review began tracking its Green Ratings.

Seismic events aren’t rare occurrences on Antarctica, where sections of the frozen desert can experience hundreds of micro-earthquakes an hour due to ice deformation. Some scientists call them icequakes. But in March of 2010, the ice sheets in Antarctica vibrated a bit more than usual because of something more than 3,000 miles away: the 8.8-magnitude Chilean earthquake.

A team of about 35 undergraduate and graduate students is about to embark on an ambitious four-year project to redesign a Chevrolet Camaro into a hybrid-electric car.

Georgia Institute of Technology is one of 16 universities participating in the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition, EcoCAR 3. The U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors Company are among the sponsors.

The first of four new courses in sustainable transportation rolls out in Fall 2014 at Georgia Tech, thanks to $250,000 in matching funds from the Office of the Executive Vice President of Research.

Building on a theme that has gained momentum in associate professor Perry Yang’s annual international urban design studio, a group of city and regional planning, architecture, civil engineering, and public policy graduate students gathered together this spring to address the development issues of a rapidly urbanizing waterfront city in Southern China.  Sponsored by the local government and the Guangdong Urban and Rural Planning and Design Institute (GDUPI), Georgia Tech’s student and faculty group traveled to Guangzhou and Maoming, China, located adjacent to the Pearl River Delta regio

It’s 3:15 p.m. and the sun is setting at Anvers Island. Just off the Antarctic Peninsula, surrounded by 300-foot cliffs of ice, Jeannette Yen pauses outside Palmer Station to watch. The sun spills over the ice cliffs. The frozen landscape melts in a golden glow.

During a bitter winter in January 1998, Lisa Safstrom loaded herself and her bike onto a Greyhound bus in Boston to visit a friend in Atlanta. She planned to stay for a week. Instead, she moved here. 

“I was a bike messenger up there, and we worked in the worst weather,” Safstrom said. “I came down here in January, and it was 64 degrees.”

Safstrom continued working as a bike messenger in Atlanta, which eventually inspired her to enroll in graduate school at Georgia Tech in 2004 for City and Regional Planning. 

Steve Swant is not a green vigilante. He doesn’t drive an electric vehicle. He sometimes uses plastic bags at the grocery store. But as executive vice president of Administration and Finance at Georgia Tech, he’s doing what he can to make sure Tech is a sustainable operation.

“It’s my passion and my team’s passion,” said Swant, who has a background in architecture and urban planning. Swant’s been at Tech since 1996 and, in his nearly 20 years on campus, he has watched the campus get better and smarter about its sustainability practices.

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) celebrated the father of landscape architecture Monday as it also launched its search for a faculty member to fill a newly endowed chair.

The Frederick Law Olmsted Symposium assembled six experts in sustainable urban infrastructure to talk about the man and the concepts he created. It was the start of a conversation about who can best advance the ideas of sustainability in our cities and suburbs as the new Olmsted Chair in CEE.

The newest tool in the future of transportation planning is in your hand.

OK, maybe your pocket. Or your purse.

It’s your Android smartphone. And with a quick app download, your phone can help Georgia Tech transportation researchers better understand how people get where they’re going and how much congestion they are facing on their commute (think: speeds on freeways and how you’re driving relative to the flow of traffic).

Georgia Tech's Scheller College of Business was recently named one of the grand prize winners for the Dr. Alfred N. and Lynn Manos Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula.

The Page Prize was launched in the fall of 2008 by the Darla Moore School of Business to encourage efforts to expose business students to state-of-the-art environmental sustainability knowledge. 

Coming on the heels — and wheels — of National Bike Month, Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is rolling out a new bike rental program for students, called BuzzBike.

Beginning Monday, June 2, students may apply to rent a bike for a semester at a time.

Georgia Tech is pleased to announce a broader research mission, additional resources and a new name for the Institute of Paper Science and Technology (IPST), one of Georgia Tech’s 10 interdisciplinary research institutes. IPST is being renamed the Renewable Bioproducts Institute (RBI) effective June 1, 2014.

This month, Georgia Tech will join entities around the country to observe National Bike Month.

But at Tech, bicycles are an ever-present mode of transport, not just a recreational vehicle to be hauled out ceremonially once a year.

Tech has catapulted forward in recent years when it comes to campus bike infrastructure. 

There's more than one way to get to work. Nelson Silverio is an HR coordinator in the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering and depending on his daily circumstances he prefers to get to work by bike, bus, train, or, if absolutely necessary, by car. Here is what he had to say about being an alternative transportation user in Atlanta.

 

Are you already dreading your commute home this evening? Kari Watkins isn’t, and she doesn’t want you to either.

Watkins is the civil engineering professor who’s been all over the news lately thanks to the app she co-created, One Bus Away. She’s also a bike commuter who says you don’t have to be a “super cyclist” to ride through town on two wheels. In a city where car culture is endemic, Watkins advocates easier, cheaper and more environmentally friendly ways to get around.

 

As freshmen move out of their residence halls next week, a group of second-year students will be on hand to salvage some of the discarded pieces of their first year at college.

Alex Cheu is one of the students organizing Tech Treasure, an initiative that will bring Goodwill trailers to campus to accept donations of unwanted items during move-out.

Just in time for Earth Day, and for the sixth consecutive year, the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Georgia Tech as a Tree Campus USA university.

For Hyacinth Ide, associate director of landscape services, the award reaffirms that Tech is doing something right.

“It highlights all the things we are doing that otherwise people would not know,” Ide said. “A beautiful tree canopy helps in recruiting students and faculty. Once they see the peaceful environment, they want to come in and know more about what we have [on campus].”

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