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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.   

Students in Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture will be researching zero energy housing concepts in studio over the next year thanks to $133,000 worth of funding sponsored by Alcoa Foundation and Architecture for Humanity and a $25,000 contribution from NY-based furniture solutions company Resource Furniture.

Bruce Stiftel, chair of the School of City and Regional Planning, was recently appointed to a United Nations (U.N.) expert group set up to advise U.N.-Habitat on the content of new international guidelines for urban and territorial planning intended for adoption by UN member states at the Habitat III gathering in 2016. 

In the past two years, the price of solar panels has dropped about 80 percent. Yet electricity from solar panels is still too expensive to compete with power from fossil fuels because the cost of all the other components and activities involved in installation— hardware, labor, permitting and inspection — hasn’t seen a comparable decline. This problem is among those being addressed at the recently-opened Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions (CNES) Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

For the third time in as many years, Georgia Tech Bike Week is rolling through campus with events and competitions designed to encourage more people to bike on and around campus.

At the 2014 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 "Green is Global." The winning designer will earn $500. 

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