Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA, US
|Rating||Score||Liaison||Submission Date||Executive Letter|
|Expired||Expired||JulieAnne Williamson||May 15, 2012||Download|
|Full-time Equivalent Enrollment||20,942|
|Number of Undergraduate Students||13,003|
|Number of Graduate Students||6,429|
|Full-time Equivalent Employees||6,313|
|Percentage of students that are Residential||41.0|
|Percentage of students that are Full-time commuter||51.0|
|Percentage of students that are Part-time commuter||Not Available|
|Percentage of students that are On-line only||Not Available|
|Gross square feet of building space||14,555,000.0|
|Gross square feet of laboratory space||2,000,000.0|
|Acres of cultivated grounds||430.0|
|Acres of undeveloped land||128.0|
|Feature||Is Present?||Is Included in Report|
|Agricultural experiment station||No||No|
Georgia Tech is reporting on its main campus in downtown Atlanta plus leased campus space in NW Atlanta.
Facilities' Utilities Group manage the utilities bills for these facilities. This represents 198 buildings and 14,123,683 gsf.
Input for this survey was compiled from many sources across campus. Major contributors (both direct and indirect) include:
Faculty, Researchers, many student organizations
Institutional Research and Planning
Facilities (including EHS, Energy Conservation Team, Motor Pool, Landscaping, etc)
Auxiliary Services (Dining, Housing, Parking & Transportation, etc)
Georgia Tech Foundation
Communications and Marketing
Government and Community Relations
and many more, too many to list
The grey bar displays the scores for all STARS rated institutions of the same basic type as the institution featured in the report (Associate, Baccalaureate, Master, or Doctorate) in quartiles. Hovering over the bar reveals the
- 1st quartile score (75% of institutions scored above this figure);
- Median (or 2nd quartile) score (50% of institutions scored above this figure);
- 3rd quartile score (25% of institutions scored above this figure);
- Top score for all institutions of the same basic type.
Georgia Tech recognizes the importance of experiential learning in addition to traditional academic learning.
An event as seemingly simple as "Tech Beautification Day" may end up with two students who didn't already know each other discovering a bond or common interest as they plant a tree.
Participating in our inventing competition "Inventure Prize", "Business Plan Competition," or "IdeasToSERVE" competition has changed lives of our students, including those who decide to pursue their ideas fulltime after earning their degree instead of settling into a corporate job or a graduate program.
As you may already know, Georgia Tech is internationally renowned for having students ready to contribute immediately to an organization’s success due in large part to the practical learning experience they receive here. As we prepare to celebrate our centennial anniversary of the nationally accredited Cooperative Education program in 2012, it is important to remember that here at Tech, what we do is all about the student.<< show less
|Student Sustainability Educators Program||Complete|
|Student Sustainability Outreach Campaign||Complete|
|Sustainability in New Student Orientation||Complete|
|Sustainability Outreach and Publications||Complete|
|Model Room in a Residence Hall||Not Pursuing|
|Themed Semester or Year||Complete|
Georgia Tech has a goal that every student will take at least one course in sustainability. We have more than 260 courses with an emphasis in sustainability, spanning every college at Georgia Tech.
Varied and numerous in nature, the educational aspects of Georgia Tech's commitment to environmental sustainability reflect our promise to produce the technological leaders of the future.
Sustainability focused and related degree programs include 36 Undergraduate and 117 Graduate degrees. Georgia Tech also offers 14 Professional Education programs, 9 online programs, and 4 certificates related to sustainability via its Division of Professional Practice.<< show less
|Sustainability Course Identification||Complete|
|Sustainability Courses by Department||Complete|
|Sustainability Learning Outcomes||Complete|
|Undergraduate Program in Sustainability||Complete|
|Graduate Program in Sustainability||Complete|
|Sustainability Immersive Experience||Complete|
|Sustainability Literacy Assessment||Complete|
|Incentives for Developing Sustainability Courses||Complete|
Georgia Tech is a leader in research in the fields of energy, climate change, nanotechnology, biomedical technology, engineering, management, public policy, transportation and logistics, health information technology, and material science engineering, economic development and tech transfer.
To stimulate cooperation in emerging areas of education and research, Georgia Tech has established a network of more than 100 centers that cut across traditional academic disciplines. Drawing upon human and technical resources throughout the university, the centers provide an interdisciplinary setting for addressing basic and applied problems of interest to government and private enterprise. They also provide a mechanism for interdisciplinary graduate and undergraduate education.
Approximately 45% of tenured/tenure track faculty participated in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program in 2009-2010. Tech is among the nation’s top producers of women and minority engineers. Tech has research centers, educational program partnerships, and business and economic development partnerships and centers globally.
GTRI is the largest research entity at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and has developed a reputation as one of the world's premier university-based applied research and development organizations. GTRI and Georgia Tech are world-class institutions that combine the best of both applied and basic research to solve the innovation equation on behalf of clients. This combination provides unsurpassed expertise, capabilities and know-how in solving some of the toughest problems facing government and industry.
|Sustainability Research Identification||Complete|
|Faculty Engaged in Sustainability Research||Complete|
|Departments Engaged in Sustainability Research||Complete|
|Sustainability Research Incentives||Complete|
|Interdisciplinary Research in Tenure and Promotion||Complete|
Georgia Tech has 46 buildings and approximately 5 million gsf of buildings that are LEED Certified, LEED Registered, or Renovated for Energy and Water Efficiency to the level of LEED.
Many other buildings have received retrofits for energy and water efficiency on campus but not as extensively as the 46 described above.
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|Building Operations and Maintenance||Complete|
|Building Design and Construction||Complete|
|Indoor Air Quality||Complete|
Georgia Tech signed the ACUPCC in 2007 and has met the milestones of that program. Tech continues to calculate its green house gas emissions, implement its plans to increase its energy and water efficiency, and plans for neutrality.<< show less
|Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory||Complete|
|Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction||Complete|
|Air Travel Emissions||Complete|
|Local Offsets Program||Not Pursuing|
Georgia Tech has been serving local foods for over a hundred years.
A Sustainable Dining Committee was formed in 2008 and encouraged the reporting of purchases within sustainable food categories.
41% of Georgia Tech Dining Services food is local and or organic. Organic food options have been added to our food options and currently comprise over 5% of the food offered on campus.
Dining Halls are 98% waste neutral. Food composting occurs in all 3 campus dining halls. They have also moved disposables (containers, stirrers, napkins) to compostable materials and otherwise reusable containers and silverware.
Georgia Tech recently completed its first new dining hall in decades. It was designed and built as a Green Dining Hall and includes a green roof. Simultaneously, an energy conservation project reduced the energy use in our Brittain Dining Hall by 28%.<< show less
|Food and Beverage Purchasing||Complete|
|Guidelines for Franchisees||Complete|
|Pre-Consumer Food Waste Composting||Complete|
|PostConsumer Food Waste Composting||Complete|
|Recycled Content Napkins||Complete|
|Reusable Container Discounts||Complete|
|Reusable To-Go Containers||Complete|
When Georgia Tech talks about energy efficiency, people listen. Our campus is a living laboratory of energy efficiency, energy modeling,energy efficiency measurement, and understanding emerging new energy technologies and practices.
|Building Energy Consumption||Complete|
|Clean and Renewable Energy||Complete|
|Timers for Temperature Control||Complete|
|Vending Machine Sensors||Complete|
|Energy Management System||Complete|
Georgia Tech's trees and green spaces make our campus a lush oasis in downtown Atlanta.
An early adopter of Tree Campus USA, we have recently received our 4th certification from the Arbor Foundation.
|Integrated Pest Management||Complete|
|Tree Campus USA||Complete|
|Snow and Ice Removal||Complete|
|Landscape Waste Composting||Complete|
Georgia Tech has had a green purchasing program since 2003. As a public university we are also subject to the State purchasing programs. The State programs include environmentally responible purchasing and waste reduction.
|Cleaning Products Purchasing||Complete|
|Office Paper Purchasing||Complete|
|Vendor Code of Conduct||Complete|
|Historically Underutilized Businesses||Complete|
Georgia Tech has had an Alternative Transportation Manager since 1991.
Our campus transportation offerings connect with the city's rapid transit system. Parking and Transportation have implemented cutting edge technology and practices to improve transportation options on campus while increasing efficiency and effectiveness of the services offered to our campus community.
Appproximately 41% of our students, faculty and staff use alternative transportation to commute to and from campus.
Ours is a pedestrian and bike friendly campus.<< show less
|Student Commute Modal Split||Complete|
|Employee Commute Modal Split||Complete|
|Facilities for Bicyclists||Complete|
|Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan||Complete|
|Mass Transit Programs||Complete|
|Condensed Work Week||Complete|
|Cash-out of Parking||Not Pursuing|
|Prohibiting Idling||Not Pursuing|
Call it "practical". Call it "common sense." Reducing the amount of waste produced through using less, reusing more, and rethinking processes is both a tradition of Georgia Tech engineers and consistent with the 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
Georgia Tech has had a full time Recycling Manager since 1996. Our programs continue to evolve and are nationally recognized.<< show less
|Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion||Complete|
|Electronic Waste Recycling Program||Complete|
|Hazardous Waste Management||Complete|
|Chemical Reuse Inventory||Complete|
|Move-In Waste Reduction||Complete|
|Move-Out Waste Reduction||Complete|
"Georgia Tech strives to improve the science and practice of water resources planning and management in ways that balance quality of life, environmental sustainability, and economic growth. Tech pursues this mission through its education, research, information dissemination, and technology/knowledge transfer programs at the state, national, and international levels."<< show less
|Building Water Metering||Complete|
|Non-Potable Water Usage||Complete|
“An innovative learning environment must also be an exciting place to work, live, and relax. Our community will include social and cultural aspects that complement our research and academic dimensions. As a test bed for research and innovation in the urban environment, it will become a laboratory for sustainable economic and social development that promotes technological change while celebrating the human spirit.” —Georgia Tech Strategic Plan<< show less
|Physical Campus Plan||Complete|
|Climate Action Plan||Complete|
“We will recruit, develop, retain, and engage a diverse cadre of students, faculty, and staff with a wide variety of background, perspectives, interests, and talents, creating a campus community that exemplifies the best in all of us—in our intellectual pursuits, our diversity of thought, our personal integrity, and our inclusive excellence.” —Georgia Tech Strategic Plan<< show less
|Diversity and Equity Coordination||Complete|
|Measuring Campus Diversity Culture||Not Pursuing|
|Support Programs for Underrepresented Groups||Complete|
|Support Programs for Future Faculty||Complete|
|Affordability and Access Programs||Complete|
|Gender Neutral Housing||Complete|
|Employee Training Opportunities||Complete|
|Student Training Opportunities||Complete|
"Georgia Tech strives to enhance our employees’ total experience while working here. Helping individuals find a balance between their work and family life allows them to be successful employees."
|Employee Satisfaction Evaluation||Complete|
|Staff Professional Development in Sustainability||Complete|
|Sustainability in New Employee Orientation||Complete|
|Employee Sustainability Educators Program||Complete|
|Employee Wellness Program||Complete|
|Socially Responsible Retirement Plan||Complete|
"Georgia Tech is committed to strategically strengthening its already robust international education and research initiatives for the twenty-first century. By growing existing international campuses and developing new ones, internationalizing the curriculum, and increasing the number of study and work abroad opportunities for students, Tech will enhance its global footprint and its reputation as an international leader."<< show less
|Committee on Investor Responsibility||Complete|
|Positive Sustainability Investments||Complete|
|Student-Managed Sustainable Investment Fund||Complete|
|Sustainable Investment Policy||Complete|
"Georgia Tech has a rich and strong history of providing the student support services and co-curricular learning opportunities that help our diverse student community acquire and apply life-learning skills. The college years are pivotal and formative: much of what students learn is garnered outside of the classroom and is equally important in preparing them for success after graduation. As students transition through their academic career at Tech, we encourage them to engage in the variety of support services available, not only to help make them successful at Tech, but also to gain a well-rounded, fulfilling learning experience. "<< show less
|Community Sustainability Partnerships||Complete|
|Inter-Campus Collaboration on Sustainability||Complete|
|Sustainability in Continuing Education||Complete|
|Community Service Participation||Complete|
|Community Service Hours||Complete|
|Sustainability Policy Advocacy||Complete|
|Graduation Pledge||Not Pursuing|
|Community Service on Transcripts||Not Pursuing|
"Through the combined efforts of our faculty, staff, and students, Georgia Tech’s innovative spirit has characterized our research enterprise, and now that spirit will infuse the university’s educational experience as well. Georgia Tech will encourage and reward learning initiatives, remove institutional obstacles to both incremental and transformative educational innovations and convert challenges into opportunities." -—Georgia Tech Strategic Plan<< show less
Georgia Tech seeks to incorporate sustainability as a life style, not a separate program, degree, or job responsibility. Througout its 135 year history, Georgia Tech has included efficient use of resources, including energy and water, into its academic programs, its research programs, and its operations of campus.
When sustainability is a life style and the campus is a living laboratory of sustainability, sustainability becomes everyone's job, not just the work of special staff. Our Sustainability Office is small but the reach and practice of sustainability is everywhere, every day, visible, and now increasingly measured and reported.<< show less
|New Student Orientation||Complete|
|Food and Beverage Purchases||Complete|
|Confinement-Free Food Purchases||Complete|
|Vegetarian-Fed Food Purchases||Complete|
|Hormone-Free Food Purchases||Complete|
|Energy Use by Type||Complete|
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