How to Be a Sustainable College Student by Sarah Lowry
As a college student, living sustainably isn’t always the first thing on my mind. I have exams to cram for and homework to stress about, and I run mostly off of ramen and Cookout milkshakes. I used to think that being sustainable meant buying your groceries from the super expensive organic section, but I now know that it’s easy and inexpensive to form more sustainable habits in day-to-day life. Here’s a short list of tips to make it easier for anyone to incorporate sustainability into their everyday activities.
Submitted by Diana Tiernan on February 22, 2018 - 5:28pm
Transportation emissions are one of the top contributors to air pollution in the country. In Atlanta, a city infamous for its gridlock and traffic jams, Georgia Tech is searching for more sustainable and efficient alternatives to driving. Check out the newest developments that Georgia Tech has made in transportation below.
The morning of a home game on campus is a buzz with activity—everyone is moving with a purpose to set-up and get ready for thousands of visitors to our campus to cheer on the Jackets. One important group in the thick of the preparations is Georgia Tech Game Day Recycling, a part of the Office of Solid Waste Management & Recycling (OSWMR). For the past 10 years GT’s Game Day Recycling has diverted over 220 tons of materials from the landfill!
Submitted by Diana Tiernan on December 6, 2017 - 8:25am
My name is Michael Bryan II and I am a second-year Environmental Engineer working in the Office of Campus Sustainability. I was honored to speak at the Living Building Launch on November 2, 2017 as a representative for the student body of Georgia Tech. It was an amazing event that offered many networking opportunities, including the ability to meet the different partners who work behind-the-scenes and around-the-clock to make sure the Living Building is designed.
Submitted by Diana Tiernan on November 20, 2017 - 4:01pm
The launch of The Living Building at Georgia Tech on November 2 was preceded by a series of events organized by the Office of Campus Sustainability, the Energy Club, and Serve-Learn-Sustain. Each event highlighted a specific petal, or focus area, of the Living Building Challenge. These events generated both enthusiasm and awareness and helped our offices build deeper relationships with students, staff, faculty, and outside organizations. Additional photos of the events are located online here.
Submitted by Diana Tiernan on November 9, 2017 - 11:42am
Our staff was excited to represent the Office of Campus Sustainability at the annual RayDay festival on October 15. This festival, organized by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, brings together vendors and organizations related to sustainability from all over the Georgia area. Attendees are able to learn about relevant programs and resources and enjoy amenities such as food trucks and beverages. Hosted at Serenbe, this free festival is a beautiful way to gather with colleagues and friends to learn more about and encourage sustainability.
Submitted by Diana Tiernan on October 26, 2017 - 11:56am
Cool Weather Crops | A Sustainably Flourishing Series presented by Dan Ballard
In late September we were joined by local farmer and landscaper Mr. Dan Ballard for our final Sustainably Flourishing 2017 on winter gardening. Read on to see tips that he shared, and get inspired to get your winter garden going and growing!
Submitted by Diana Tiernan on October 16, 2017 - 10:35am
We connected with Marcela Moreno, the Green Champion in the Carbon Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory in the Strategic Energy Institute. They used their Work Green grant to fund a raised bed garden in their parking lot and to create a composting system. Raised bed gardening, or container gardening, is an urban style of gardening that continues to rise in popularity. This way of gardening allows for gardening in small areas that may or may not even have a patch of land to garden.
Submitted by Diana Tiernan on September 14, 2017 - 11:07am
Our next Work Green Champion is Georgia Tech Strategic Consulting (GTSC). GTSC is an internal team that is focused on advancing organization excellence across the Institute. We met with half of the GTSC Work Green team, Andrew Billings and Juana Cunningham, to hear about their Work Green project. GTSC Work Green team members Kara Tillman and Byron Fitch were unable to join us for the interview. The GTSC Work Green project, titled “office-ponics,”—involved the installation and maintenance of indoor plants with the goal of improving indoor air quality.
Submitted by Diana Tiernan on August 28, 2017 - 11:00am