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For the fourth consecutive year, the Arbor Day Foundation named Georgia Tech a Tree Campus USA school for its commitment to effective community forestry management.

Tech achieved the 2011 designation by meeting the required five core standards for sustainable campus forestry: a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.

Last March, the world watched closely as Japan struggled to contain a series of equipment failures, hydrogen explosions and releases of radioactive materials at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

The historic tsunami following the 9.0-magnitude earthquake destroyed the reactors’ connection to the power grid, causing them to overheat. Hundreds of people were exposed to increased levels of radiation. Thousands more were evacuated. Although Japanese officials have since declared the plant stable, the cleanup will be expensive and is expected to take decades.

For nearly four years, Green Buzz has showcased the various green activities spearheaded by those who support the white and gold. It continues to do so, but now with a new face.

Green Buzz serves as a place where you’ll find honors bestowed upon the Institute for its sustainability efforts, research being performed by both students and faculty and events being held on or near campus that have a sustainability emphasis in a variety of fields.

The World Gas Conference is looking for students interested in energy to participate in its NRG Battle – World Edition in Kuala Lumpur. The “brightest global talents” selected to participate will receive an all expenses-paid experience to the competition and the chance to work with energy companies from across the globe.

Continuing its record of achievement in campus sustainability, Georgia Tech recently achieved a gold rating from the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS), a program of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Despite being formed a little more than one year ago, the Bicycle Infrastructure Improvement Committee (BIIC) is already making an impression on the campus and community. The committee, along with the Institute itself, was recently honored by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition as its Partner of the Year for 2011.

This month's Recycling Buzz newsletter highlights how to get involved in the planning of Georgia Tech's 2012 Earth Day Celebration and how a group of students saved the recycling program at the Graduate Living Center. Also learn more about members of the recycling staff and see the latest waste diversion stats for campus.

Download and read the February issue now (pdf).

Thanks to a grant sponsored by solar energy firm SunEdison and distributed by the national organization Engineers for a Sustainable World, students will soon be able to purchase beverages from a solar-powered cart on campus.

ESW-GT earned $2,340 for its proposal for a solar café or kiosk used to raise funds for the chapter; Tech’s chapter chose to focus on beverages, either hot or chilled.

Following the North Avenue Apartments (NAA) attaining LEED Gold status for Existing Buildings (EB) Operations and Maintenance (O&M) in December, the complex was dedicated this week to note the honor.

Georgia Tech President G. P. “Bud” Peterson and Executive Director of Housing Mike Black made remarks in front of the apartments Thursday, Feb. 9.

The Georgia Tech Earth Day committee seeks nominations for two awards that recognize individuals or organizations 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:

Should you recycle pizza boxes? How can your trips to Starbucks get greener? And how can you help plan Georgia Tech's 2012 Earth Day celebration? Read about these things and more in this month's issue of the Recycling Buzz from the Office of Solid Waste Management and Recycling.

Read or download the January issue now (pdf).

After months of soldering metal, assembling parts and testing technology, a bike share program developed right on Tech’s campus is now open to all students, faculty and staff for use.

Both the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and Schneider Electric are currently accepting applications for events being hosted this summer.

Drivers of electric vehicles may now recharge their systems at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center.

The pilot installation project, in partnership with Recharge Solutions Int’l LLC (RSI), provides a level II, 240-volt electric vehicle charging system, as well as a 110-volt electric fleet charging system for Georgia Tech service vehicles. 

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), of which Georgia Tech is a member through the National Collegiate Athletic Association, is now accepting entries to its new business plan competition, the $100K ACC Clean Energy Challenge.

How many tons of waste were diverted from landfills this fall thanks to the Gameday Recyling Program? How can you update your wardrobe in a sustainable way? Learn this and more in 2011's last issue of The Recycling Buzz from the Office of Solid Waste Management and Recyling.

View or download this month's issue (PDF).

The Georgia Institute of Technology is joining other leading Atlanta organizations to participate in the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (Atlanta BBC). The goal of the challenge is to reduce by 20 percent the energy and water usage of existing downtown buildings by 2020, and to inspire others to follow. Twenty buildings in downtown Atlanta are expected to participate in phase one of the initiative.

Clean energy can help meet growing electricity demand and minimize pollution in the southern United States, but progress to adopt renewable energy strategies has been hindered by a number of myths, according to a new study by Georgia Tech and Duke University researchers.

The University System of Georgia has approved a new PhD degree with a major in Building Construction at Georgia Tech, the first such offering in the nation. Housed within the College of Architecture and the School of Building Construction, the program is now accepting applications for fall 2012 admission.

Students received their award for their plan, "Action Plan for the Fort McPherson Community," for the closing army base located in south Atlanta bordering East Point, Georgia.

A major focus of this studio was an approach to redevelopment of Fort McPherson from the perspective of the neighboring communities and how future development can complement surrounding community characteristics rather than considering redevelopment of the base in isolation, as most plans have.

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