Green Buzz

The Bicycle Infrastructure Improvement Committee, in partnership with Capital Planning and Space Management, released the campus' first Bike Suitability Map this fall. 

The map highlights paths of low, medium and high difficulty, as well as campus multi-use paths. It also provides information on Georgia bicycling laws so cyclists can obey the rules of the road. Download or view the map online (pdf).

This month, the Student Government Association's sustainability committee debuted a newsletter, Up With the Green & Gold. The monthly newsletter plans to highlight student involvement and research opportunities both on and off campus. You can read or download the October issue at right under "Related Files."

Two teams of Georgia Tech School of Architecture students were selected as the first and third prizewinners in the prominent Land Art Generator competition for public art installations in New York’s expansive Freshkills Park. “Scene-Sensor” by James Murray and Shota Vashakmadze captured first place and a handsome $15,000 prize, while “Pivot” by Vermouth (Vee) Hu and Ben Smith (currently a graduate student at Yale University) finished third.

Though Monday will begin five days of celebration for the use of two-wheeled transportation on campus, you need not own a bicycle to enjoy the offerings of Bike Week.

The Bicycle Infrastructure Improvement Committee (BIIC) crafted events with both current and potential cyclists in mind throughout the week of Oct. 22-26. Additional information for all events can be found at bike.gatech.edu.

All Week

Earth Day is celebrated on campus each April, but planning starts long before the campus foliage springs to life. Learn how you can help plan the 2013 Earth Day celebration and what else is going on with campus recycling in this month's Reycling Buzz. 

Read or download the September issue (pdf).

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed joined Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson in announcing several citywide cycling initiatives. Among them was Cycle Atlanta, a Georgia Tech-developed iPhone application that tracks cycling routes and is designed to help the city with future cycling decisions.  

Just as Brain Quest can be highly engaging for students learning science, and Scrabble can be a fun way to sharpen teenagers’ vocabulary skills, Terminus — a game created by three Tech graduate students — can teach high schoolers all about transportation planning.

Wanted by Airbus: students who are passionate about the environment, have ideas for a greener aviation industry and want to pitch those ideas to a global aerospace company. 

Those who appreciate the shade of Tech’s tree canopy amidst the Atlanta skyline have an opportunity to advocate for these plush oxygen sources with the Campus Tree Advisory Committee. The committee, comprised of members representing the diverse audience of those with a stake in Georgia Tech’s campus trees, is now seeking student members.

Georgia Tech loves tradition; among its newest traditions is being named to The Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll, an honor the Institute just earned for the fifth consecutive year when it was named to the 2013 list.

In its sixth annual assessment, SIERRA magazine named Georgia Tech among the nation’s “Coolest Schools,” a salute to U.S. colleges that are helping solve climate problems and making significant efforts to operate sustainably.

In 2011, the Student Alumni Association's first Gift to Tech was awarded to the campus recycling program, providing more than $20,000 to fund recycling projects around campus. Learn more about how those funds were used and other recycling news in the July issue of the Recycling Buzz.

Read or download the July issue (pdf).

It's August on campus, meaning thousands of students will move into campus housing. Learn how to recycle cardboard, as well as about the fall Gameday Recycling Program, in the August issue of The Recycling Buzz.

Read or download the August issue (pdf).

Earlier this year, the North Avenue Apartments earned LEED gold certification for its sustainable design. Now, the Atlanta Urban Design Commission (UDC) has honored the facility’s dining hall with an Award of Excellence.

The North Avenue Dining Hall earned the honor for the enhancements its sustainable design elements have brought to the intersection of North Avenue and Centennial Olympic Park Drive/Techwood Drive. 

Researchers have discovered yet another way to harvest small amounts of electricity from motion in the world around us – this time by capturing the electrical charge produced when two different kinds of plastic materials rub against one another. Based on flexible polymer materials, this “triboelectric” generator could provide alternating current (AC) from activities such as walking.

Learn about the new look for the Klaus recycling corner, new uses for lemon peels and how many tons of waste Georgia Tech diverted from landfills last year.

Download or read online the June issue (pdf) from the Office of Solid Waste Management and Recycling.

Tim Lieuwen spent five summers with the U.S. Forest Service working and hiking in the wilderness of Alaska and northern Idaho. That experience helped foster an appreciation for the planet's uniqueness that has driven his work as a professor and combustion engineer in Georgia Tech's School of Aerospace Engineering.

Emilson Silva devotes a great deal of thought to games -- not leisure activities such as soccer or Parcheesi, but the complex give-and-take of public policy and economics.

A professor of economics and director of the Ph.D. program in the Ivan Allen College's School of Economics, Silva analyzes the rationale behind the behavior of governments in determining policies that have transboundary effects, that is, policies that affect not only the citizens of a particular jurisdiction, but also the citizens of another jurisdiction.

The guys at Georgia Tech may not have noticed, but there is something different about the restrooms on campus. Three hundred and eight automatic, one pint urinals have been installed throughout the Institute.

For more than 10 years, the Office of Facilities Management has been testing low flow water fixtures to reduce the campus’ water consumption. Many of the newer buildings on campus have energy and water efficient bathrooms with automatic faucets and low flow toilets, and now several of the older buildings will be receiving these upgrades as well.

Once you notice the sound, it’s hard to unhear. The low, clicking whirr fills every gap of silence in Ajeet Rohatgi’s office. It’s the toys, the delicate wood and metal figurines arranged atop one of the professor’s sagging bookshelves—an airplane, an oil rig, a windmill.

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