Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.19
Liaison Emma Blandford
Submission Date March 2, 2021

STARS v2.2

Georgia Institute of Technology
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Anne Rogers
Sustainability Program & Portfolio Manager
Office of Campus Sustainability
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:
Yes

Name and a brief description of the active student groups focused on sustainability:
Bike GT - A group of students, staff, and faculty committed to advancing improvements to Georgia Tech’s bike infrastructure and educating the Georgia Tech community about bike safety.

http://bike.hwb.gatech.edu/bike-georgia-tech

Energy Club - The Energy Club seeks to inspire and prepare the next generation of leaders that are knowledgeable about technology, policy, and business as it relates to energy.

https://gatech.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/energy-club-at-georgia-tech

Engineers for a Sustainable World - ESW-GT is the Georgia Tech chapter of ESW, a non-profit organization that manages student-run projects promoting environmental, social, and economic sustainable solutions to local, national, and global problems.

https://gatech.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/engineers-for-a-sustainable-world-at-georgia-tech

Greek Sustainability Committee - The Greek Sustainability Committee is a community organization enacting initiatives and raising awareness about sustainability. Our primary initiatives are to make recycling available for all houses in the greek sector and reduce overall waste.

https://gatech.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/greek-sustainability-committee

HyTech Racing - An award-winning electric vehicle racing team at Georgia Tech. We participate in the annual Formula Hybrid (Electric Class) and FSAE Electric competitions which take place in Loudon, New Hampshire and Lincoln, Nebraska respectively. Designing the car, working with a team, learning manufacturing tools and techniques, and innovating with new technologies are all part of the experience! Our core values are Innovation, Sustainability, Education, and Excellence.

https://gatech.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/hytech-racing

Net Impact Scheller College of Business MBA Chapter - Net Impact believes the business sector is critical in driving positive social and environmental change, but also that an inclusive and environmental perspective is best for business. Our mission is to provide knowledge, develop skills, host events, and facilitate connections for all our members in their pursuit of this vision. Many of these programs and events are coordinated in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business and the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship (ILE). The Scheller MBA Chapter has over 80 members from the Evening and Full Time MBA programs and is part of the global Net Impact system with over 300 global chapters. This club is MBA only membership. Other graduates are encouraged to enroll in our sister chapter, the "Interdisciplinary Design Chapter." For more information visit https://www.netimpact.org or follow the Georgia Tech Chapter on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SchellerNetImpact/

Outdoor Recreation Georgia Tech - ORGT is community of students, staff, and alumni committed to creating meaningful outdoor adventures for GT students. We are not an outdoor club. We are a team of 240 volunteers & staff who provide the campus with enriching adventure experiences including 120 day and overnight trips, 19 multi-day expeditions each year, and a host of training experiences like kayak roll school, the CRC climbing wall, and Wilderness First Aid classes. We strive to deliver these at the highest levels of the outdoor industry. ORGT is a serious community dedicated to pushing boundaries purposefully, managing risks responsibly, and providing quality outdoor recreation and meaningful experiences to Georgia Tech.

https://gatech.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/outdoor-recreation

GT Solar Racing - Solar Racing is a group of motivated students who are passionate about advancing vehicle technology through building solar-powered race cars. Our team is comprised of roughly 70 students from 14 disciplines, ranging from engineering and science to management.

https://gatech.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/solar-racing-georgia-tech

Student Government Association Sustainability Committee

https://sga.gatech.edu/undergrad-exec/student-life/

Student Organizing for Sustainability - Bring sustainability-oriented people together to inspire positive change in our community, with our various events including Guest Speakers, Green Meetings, and those hosted by our three committees (Community Garden, Fridays for Future, Eco-Warriors).

https://gatech.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/students-organizing-for-sustainability

Trailblazers - Trailblazers is an official student organization of the Georgia Institute of Technology. The purpose of Trailblazers is to increase student and faculty appreciation for the outdoors through trail adventure and exploration. The Trailblazers Executive Committee coordinates trips combining environmental service projects with outdoor recreation to allow participants to build new friendships while serving and learning about the environment. All Georgia Tech undergraduate and graduate students (members and non-members), along with faculty and staff, are eligible to participate on Trailblazers outdoor service and adventure trips. Trips planned by the Trailblazers Executive Committee include multiple Local Projects throughout the year and Alternative Break Trips during Fall Break and Spring Break.

https://gatech.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/trailblazers

Veggie Jackets - Veggie Jackets is a student organization focused on the vegan/vegetarian community at GT. Our goals are to hold social events featuring vegan food, perform vegan outreach on campus, and provide educational opportunities such as film screenings and guest speeches. For the Animals. For Health. For the Earth.

https://gatech.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/veggie-jackets

Does the institution have a garden, farm, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery program, or an urban agriculture project where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:
Students Organizing for Sustainability bring sustainability-oriented people together to inspire positive change in the community, with our various events including Guest Speakers, Green Meetings, and those hosted by three committees (Community Garden, Fridays for Future, Eco-Warriors). The Community Garden committee runs the Community Garden at Georgia Tech and volunteers with other Atlanta environmental organizations. The community garden is located on the east wall of the Instructional Center and north of the Campus Center. Some of the events we host/attend throughout the year include garden workdays (all levels welcome), Trees Atlanta volunteering, de-stress yoga, and sustainable DIY-events.

https://gatech.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/students-organizing-for-sustainability

Does the institution have a student-run enterprise that includes sustainability as part of its mission statement or stated purpose?:
Yes

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:
New Submission: Starter Bikes is a bicycle co-operative shop on GT's campus. Starter Bikes teaches people how to fix and maintain their bike by providing equitable access to used bikes, parts, and tools. Starter Bikes also has bikes for sale almost every Friday during open hours, although quantity varies with the season. Bikes sold are donated and/or collected as part of the Georgia Tech bike abandonment program. Starter Bikes is a volunteer organization run entirely by Georgia Tech students.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/StarterBikesGT/

Does the institution have a sustainable investment fund, green revolving fund, or sustainable microfinance initiative through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:
No

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:
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Has the institution hosted a conference, speaker series, symposium, or similar event focused on sustainability during the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia, or similar events focused on sustainability:
Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business - Business, Environment, and Society Speaker Series Environment, and Society Speaker Series

Serve-Learn Sustain Liam’s Legacy Symposium Series - The Liam's Legacy Symposium honors the memory of Liam Rattray, an outstanding and socially-committed Georgia Tech Honors Program student who was tragically killed by a drunk driver just a few weeks after his graduation, in 2011. We mourn his death, but we also celebrate his life in this annual event that carries his name and draws upon his legacy of engagement and activism.

Has the institution hosted a cultural arts event, installation, or performance focused on sustainability with the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations, or performances focused on sustainability:
Scheller College of Business Art Installation Sustainability and Business - https://www.scheller.gatech.edu/centers-initiatives/ray-c-anderson-center-for-sustainable-business/news/articles/artists-unite-to-tell-story-of-sustainability.html

Living Building Mural parking lot painting - http://www.livingbuilding.gatech.edu/events/planting-seeds-community-mural

Clough Art Crawl – exhibition of student art depicting themes around the intersection of art and science - https://arts.gatech.edu/content/clough-art-crawl-where-art-meets-science

Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
Yes

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:
Outdoor Recreation Georgia Tech - "ORGT is community of students, staff, and alumni committed to creating meaningful outdoor adventures for GT students. We are not an outdoor club. We are a team of 240 volunteers & staff who provide the campus with enriching adventure experiences including 120 day and overnight trips, 19 multi-day expeditions each year, and a host of training experiences like kayak roll school, the CRC climbing wall, and Wilderness First Aid classes. We strive to deliver these at the highest levels of the outdoor industry. ORGT is a serious community dedicated to pushing boundaries purposefully, managing risks responsibly, and providing quality outdoor recreation and meaningful experiences to Georgia Tech." ORGT teaches Leave no Trace principles.

https://gatech.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/outdoor-recreation
https://www.news.gatech.edu/2007/06/07/georgia-techs-outdoor-rec-program-heads-alaska

Trailblazers is an official student organization of the Georgia Institute of Technology. The purpose of Trailblazers is to increase student and faculty appreciation for the outdoors through trail adventure and exploration. The Trailblazers Executive Committee coordinates trips combining environmental service projects with outdoor recreation to allow participants to build new friendships while serving and learning about the environment. All Georgia Tech undergraduate and graduate students (members and non-members), along with faculty and staff, are eligible to participate on Trailblazers outdoor service and adventure trips. Trips planned by the Trailblazers Executive Committee include multiple Local Projects throughout the year and Alternative Break Trips during Fall Break and Spring Break.

http://travelingtrainers.blogspot.com/2012/02/outreach-at-georgia-tech.html?m=0

Has the institution had a sustainability-focused theme chosen for a themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the previous three years?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability-focused themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:
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Does the institution have a program through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:
New Submission: Sustainably Flourishing is a partnership educational series for the Georgia Tech community. Developed by the Office of Campus Sustainability and the Center for Community Health and Well-Being, topics are suggested by the campus and focus on healthy and sustainable hobbies and lifestyles. https://sustain.gatech.edu/blog/sustainably-flourishing-series-introduction-permaculture Georgia Tech’s EcoReps program supports Resident Advisors (RA’s) in promoting, teaching, and exemplifying sustainable practices to on-campus residents. EcoReps is supported by Georgia Tech Auxiliary Services and the Office of Campus Sustainability (OCS).
http://sustain.gatech.edu/georgia-tech-ecoreps

Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:
There are several departments on campus that have a sustainability focused mission or agenda. Georgia Tech hires hundreds of student employees and actively engage them into projects and practices involving sustainability. The following offices offer paid student assistant and/or internship positions related to sustainability:

Office of Campus Sustainability – sustain.gatech.edu

Serve-Learn-Sustain - https://serve-learn-sustain.gatech.edu/sls-employment-opportunities

Global Change Program - https://globalchange.gatech.edu/

Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business - https://www.scheller.gatech.edu/centers-initiatives/ray-c-anderson-center-for-sustainable-business/fellows-application/index.html

Does the institution have a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

A brief description of the graduation pledge(s):
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A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that do not fall into one of the above categories:
The Serve•Learn•Sustain Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) aims to
equip Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) students with
the knowledge and capabilities to effectively address sustainability
challenges and inter-related community-level societal needs in
their professions and their civic lives. To achieve these outcomes,
the Serve•Learn•Sustain Plan focuses on the theme “creating
sustainable communities” and emphasizes community engagement
and service learning as its central pedagogical approach.

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