Green Buzz

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.

The Georgia Institute of Technology is joining 32 other leading institutions today to launch the Billion Dollar Green Challenge. The goal is to invest a cumulative total of one billion dollars in self-managed, green revolving funds that finance energy-efficiency upgrades on campus.

William P. Winders, Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of History, Technology, and Society, has won two prestigious awards for publications on food politics.


Public Policy’s Marilyn Brown and Doug Noonan are Co-PIs on a Georgia Tech team that has been awarded a 5-year, $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The project will establish at Georgia Tech one of the nation’s first truly, interdisciplinary PhD program in energy science, technology, and policy.

By Lauren Townsend, Contributing Writer, The Technique

Global warming: it’s a term that has people talking. Everyone from politicians to students knows of, or at least has heard of, recent climate changes thanks to popular coverage in the news.

By Georgia Wang, Contributing Writer, The Technique

Sometimes life moves so fast that it’s easy to forget the consequences of our actions. The most convenient or affordable choice may not always be the most sustainable choice. However, there are lots of little things you can do to make a big difference. These small changes not only benefit the earth, but can benefit you as well. Here are some easy tips and tricks to help you go green without slowing you down.

Use Reusable Shopping Bags

By Ben Goldberg, Contributing Writer, The Technique

It is a tremendous feat that a university like Tech that is dedicated to math and sciences, ranks among the top institutions in the country dedicated to promoting green technology initiatives.

According to the most recent 2011 Princeton Review poll of the greenest college campuses, Tech attained the highest possible score and was placed on the Green College Honor Roll with only fifteen other colleges that displayed outstanding commitment to sustainable living.

By Ben Goldberg, Contributing Writer, The Technique

Promoting “green” lifestyles may be difficult alone, but there are also ways to connect with Tech students who share the passion of keeping Earth healthy in a fun and creative way.

Students Organizing for Sustainability, or SOS, was founded seven years ago as a tool for students to get informed and active with environmental advocacy projects on campus.

By Erin Sapp, Contributing Writer, The Technique

Eight and a half by eleven — white, blank, empty. Paper has always been one of the necessary elements of school that students take for granted.

For decades upon decades Tech students have clutched lined notebook paper in their hands as they trudge to class; they have frantically flipped through these same sheets during finals week, reviewing the surfeit of notes they scribbled months ago.

Students in Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture won second place overall and first place in the creativity, presentation and coordination categories in “Building the Tower of Babylon: What on Earth is Sustainability,” an international competition held by the Global Alliance of Technological Universities (GlobalTech).

Seven participating teams, from architecture universities in China, India, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States, constructed a tower using only local materials to create a symbol of sustainability for their region, country, city and university.

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 Sept. 26–30:

Each day, many students cross the Fifth Street Bridge not thinking much of the downtown connector that exhales exhaust below; but a few are working to electrify the cars that pass beneath.

In a competition hosted by the City of Atlanta and Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, a team of Georgia Tech students earned first prize and a monetary award for proposing a system for electric vehicle adoption in Atlanta.

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