Our Vision: A Living, Learning, Laboratory

We see Georgia Tech and the surrounding community as a “living, learning, laboratory” for sustainability. 

From our Game Day Recycling Program that minimizes the amount of waste sent to landfills during home football games to our Smart Energy Campus Program designed to reduce energy consumption and increase building operational effectiveness, we are continually aggregating, analyzing, and evaluating data from our programs and initiatives.

We believe it is our role to foster an ecosystem of innovation, collaboration, and creativity – where new knowledge, methods, and technologies are tested, developed, and applied for insights and solutions to critical sustainability challenges.

Our Approach

Sustainability is integral to every discipline and function of the Institute – from our academics to our research to our operational practices. 

We seek to facilitate the sharing of knowledge across departments, administrative offices, faculty, and students. We actively encourage partnerships and help teams to communicate, collaborate, and support each other in achieving the Institute’s sustainability goals.

Our holistic approach recognizes the role each of us has in creating a sustainable environment at Georgia Tech. It encourages us to think beyond traditional organizational structures and work inclusively with all stakeholders on campus. 

It is extremely exciting to know that our team is supporting some of the most brilliant complex-system designers in the world. Using our built environment as a living laboratory is a concept that is growing in higher ed, and I believe we at Georgia Tech are leading that growth in a thoughtful and responsible way.

––Mark Demyanek, assistant vice president of Operations and Maintenance within Facilities Management.