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The Georgia Tech Earth Day committee seeks nominations for two awards that recognize members of the Georgia Tech community that have demonstrated a commitment to making a positive impact in how people think about and use the planet's raw materials.

Members of the campus community are invited to submit nominations for:

Atlanta’s transportation network includes railroads, MARTA trains and buses, freeways, bike paths and the world’s busiest airport. Georgia Tech alumni and faculty have played a significant role in shaping that infrastructure, and now Ramblin’ Wrecks are helping plan Atlanta’s transportation systems of the future.Adapt, Improvise, Innovate

Keith Golden, CE 86, MS CE 89, and Todd Long, CE 89, MS CE 90, are the commissioner and deputy commissioner, respectively, of the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Rolls of tubing, uncoiling from helicopters, creating new pipelines in mere minutes; human waste, treated by the sun instead of an expensive sewer system. Is this the infrastructure of the future? If some recent Georgia Tech grads have anything to do with it, the answer will be yes. 

Georgia Tech’s Campus Conservation Nationals team is looking for new members dedicated to saving energy and water on campus. This year, Georgia Tech’s residence halls will be competing in the largest energy and water reduction competition in the world. The competition will run from April 1–21 and will include every residence hall on campus.  

A first meeting will take place Thursday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. in the Crescent Room of the Student Center.

Imagine Northside Drive and you probably see a street that you’d rather steer clear of lined with dilapidated buildings and overgrown weeds — or at least that’s what the students in Mike Dobbins’ studio envisioned when he mentioned the street to them.

“At first, they couldn’t understand why I wanted us to examine Northside Drive; they said ‘there’s nothing on it,’” said Dobbins, a professor of practice in the School of City and Regional Planning. “Until they realized that there is.”

This article originally appeared in the Feb. 15 issue of the Technique.

Starting Spring Break, the Department of Housing will implement a new single stream recycling system to replace the multi-stream process that Georgia Tech currently uses.

“Single stream recycling means that students don’t have to sort out their recycled trash,” said Bob Canada, the Procurement Officer for the Department of Housing.

The trustees of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, which advances knowledge and innovation around environmental stewardship and sustainability, have invited Georgia Tech to participate in a program funding innovative research and project-based initiatives toward the advancement of sustainable production and consumption.

The foundation focuses on applied research with measurable, real world application opportunities in the following core areas:

Earth Day is still a couple months away, but the campus planning committee has already unveiled the event's signature T-shirt.

Each year, the Georgia Tech Earth Day celebration features a T-shirt distributed to attendees that is designed by a Tech student, faculty or staff member. The February issue of the Recycling features this year's design that accompanies the theme "Tech for a Greener Future."

Last week, the Atlanta City Council approved $2.5 million in funding for bicycle projects during the next two years – many of which will directly border or feed into Georgia Tech’s campus.

Some things might get old when they happen five years in a row, but for Hyacinth Ide, Georgia Tech’s associate director of landscape services, having the Institute named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation isn't one of them.

“A beautiful campus provides a recruiting and retention tool for students, faculty and staff,” said Ide. “A great number of students selected Georgia Tech because of the beauty of the campus.”

Tim Lieuwen, executive director of the Georgia Tech Strategic Energy Institute, has been appointed to the National Petroleum Council (NPC) by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Lieuwen, who is also a professor of aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech, will serve on the council of about 20 people that advises the secretary on matters relating to oil and natural gas.

In 1974, then-student David D. Flanagan and a small group of other Georgia Tech students, traveling with now-retired physics professor, Miller Templeton, piloted the first ORGT (Outdoor Recreation Georgia Tech) Expedition. They backpacked the Grand Canyon then rafted the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. For them it was an epic journey and the basis for valuable life lessons. Little did they know that their "experiment" would become the foundation for formative experiences for many Georgia Tech students.

This week, the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, created to honor the Tech alumnus and sustainability leader who passed away in 2011, awarded the Institute two research grants, totaling more than $100,000, for sustainability-related work.

The Universitas Indonesia (UI) issued its 2012 GreenMetric ranking on Jan. 10, recognizing sustainability-minded universities around the world. Georgia Tech fell in line at number 48, the 13th-highest-ranked U.S. school included on the list; it ranked 25th among all urban campuses.

This year, Georgia Tech serves as host school for the 75th celebration of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship being held in Atlanta. Nearly 2,000 volunteers are needed during the Final Four and at ancillary and community events, including at a tree planting.

Dr. Kari (Edison) Watkins (CE ’97) thinks it might be a good thing for Americans to cool down their love affair with the automobile. Her research promises to make that separation a little less painful.

“A lot of people think of public transportation as a stinky old bus that you have to wait for,” says Watkins, an assistant professor of civil engineering whose work has focused on collective transit, alternative transportation, and real-time user information software.

"But if the service respects me, by being a nice, frequent, on-time vehicle, people change their attitude.”

Professor Craig Tovey has been appointed the David M. McKenney Family Professorship in the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISyE) for a three year term, beginning January 1, 2013. The David M. McKenney Family Professorship was created by David McKenney (BS Physics 1960, B IE 1964) and is designed to enhance ISyE’s ability to “attract and retain eminent teacher-scholars to this position of academic leadership in the field of sustainability, energy, and environmental initiatives.” 

The 2013 Earth Day celebration planning is already underway, and registration is now open for organizations and companies to sign up for booths.

Participants should focus their efforts on the theme "TECH for a Greener Future" and can request a booth slot at www.earthday.gatech.edu/registration.html. The event will take place Friday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This semester, a group of students in the College of Comuting worked with Tech's Office of Solid Waste Management and Recycling (OSWM&R) to develop a recycling app for Georgia Tech. Kyle Kukshtel, Madhura Bhave and Clay Garrett created “Bin There” as part of their senior design course Computing for Good. 

 

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