Atlantic Drive green space corridor.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates a world population approaching 9 billion people by 2040. Studies project global urbanization will rise to 61 percent — 85 percent within developed regions — by 2030. And advocacy groups predict that by the year 2035, 75 percent of the built environment in the United States will be either new or renovated.
Georgia Tech is committed to growing smart. It works toward being an ecologically friendly and responsible part of the Atlanta and global communities by reducing hydrocarbon emissions, material consumption and storm water runoff. The Institute’s Master Plan assumes this responsibility by focusing on three primary areas of environmental concern: education, research and the campus community. One example from the Master Plan is the proposed Eco-Commons, which would include an engineered waterway designed to recall the natural stream that existed on the north end of campus as late as the 1940s. The Eco-Commons would allow Tech to more effectively manage its storm water by reducing inflows into city sewers and creating a system for reuse on campus landscapes.
Research on smart growth is one of the main objectives of the Georgia Tech Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development, a unit of the College of Architecture. The Center works with governmental, legal, health, engineering, architecture, environmental, policy, planning and nonprofit communities to create and promote a new vision and form for cities, suburbs, exurbs and rural places.
Also part of the College of Architecture is the City and Regional Planning Program, whose mission is to be a global leader in the creation of sustainable cities and regions. It incorporates this mission into its teaching and research through a strong commitment to the interdisciplinary nature of planning. Students have access to as many as six dual degree programs, as well as seven areas of specialization, which may be combined through the curriculum to develop integrated programs of study.