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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].”

Major corporate executives and other thought leaders on the environment will converge at Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, to discuss “The Sustainability Advantage: The Art and Science of Creating Sustainable Value.”Hosted by the Center for Business Strategies for Sustainability (CBSS), the panel discussion in LeCraw Auditorium of Scheller College (800 West Peachtree Street) will feature:

A team of four students from the Georgia Tech developing a new electrical power grid technology with an Internet-like control architecture won the third annual ACC Clean Energy Challenge and the Department of Energy's $100,000 grand prize.

The Student Government Association is encouraging fellow student organizations to earn silver by going green through a new initiative called Silver Leaf certification.

The Silver Leaf program asks that student organizations commit to recycling at one event per semester. The Office of Solid Waste Management and Recycling provides recycling bins, so students must simply request a bin for their event in advance.

“The goal of the initiative is to change student behavior and promote overall sustainability practices,” said Rachit Kansal, co-chair of SGA’s sustainability committee.

Kick off your spring-cleaning efforts by gathering items for these Georgia Tech Earth Day Celebration programs: 

Looking for a great way to spend your Earth Day? Sign up to be an Earth Day Volunteer, and be part of one of the biggest events on campus!

Whether you’re hanging out with Captain Planet, or making fresh, organic popcorn, being an Earth Day Volunteer is good for you and for the planet! For details about all of the exciting volunteer opportunities on Earth Day, or to register as a volunteer,  visit www.earthday.gatech.edu/volunteers.html.

For the first time, a team of graduate students from Georgia Tech has made it to the finals of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Hines Student Urban Design competition. The team is made up of Audrey Plummer, Dawn Riley and Logan Tuura, who are all pursuing dual master degrees in architecture and in city and regional planning; Blair Revercomb, a master’s in city and regional planning student; and Yigong Zhang, a master’s in urban design student while an exchange student from Tongji University in Shanghai.

The Georgia Tech Earth Day Committee is now accepting submissions for its annual Leadership and Sustainable Initiatives awards.

Nominations are sought for individuals or groups who are making a positive environmental impact both on campus and beyond, either through a new initiative or a body of work. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 7.

Art Ragauskas, professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is the recipient of the 2014 TAPPI Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award. The award is the highest honor that TAPPI can bestow upon an individual and will be presented to Ragauskas at the 2014 PaperCon Conference Awards Dinner in April.

The College of Architecture (CoA) at Georgia Tech is leading an initiative to build the Sino-U.S. Joint Laboratory for Ecological Urban Design (Eco Urban Lab) in Shanghai, in collaboration with College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) of Tongji University, a leader in China in the area of urban development and architecture.

Mikey Mulford (MBA 2007) wouldn’t have envisioned that the passion he developed for green business during his time at Georgia Tech would translate into working on projects related to oil and natural gas drilling.

As a young girl growing up in Turkey, Beril Toktay accepted water and air pollution as a fact of life. “It wasn’t until I went abroad that I saw how much better it could be,” says the professor of operations management at Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business.

Delivering liquid fuel to energy-hungry forward operating bases can be both costly to the U.S. military and risky to those who transport the fuel. For those reasons, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) wants to reduce liquid fuel consumption at these bases, by expanding the use of alternative energy sources and by improving energy efficiency.

Georgia Tech is a consistent leader in campus environmentalism, most recently ranking first in the Atlantic Coast Conference for Waste Minimization in the 2013 Game Day Challenge.

With one stomp of his foot, Zhong Lin Wang illuminates a thousand LED bulbs – with no batteries or power cord. The current comes from essentially the same source as that tiny spark that jumps from a fingertip to a doorknob when you walk across carpet on a cold, dry day. Wang and his research team have learned to harvest this power and put it to work.

Georgia Tech Parking and Transportation Services was honored this week with a PACE Award, winning the Government Champions/State Employer category for its efforts toward creating sustainable and alternative transportation options for campus.

As many on campus know, Georgia Tech offers a variety of commute options and incentives, including a bus and trolley system around campus, connectivity to the Midtown MARTA station, discounted or free Zipcar and carpool matching systems, and a pre-tax payroll deduction option for monthly MARTA passes.   

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