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

STARS v2.2

Georgia Institute of Technology
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Anne Rogers
Sustainability Program & Portfolio Manager
Office of Campus Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:
Georgia Tech’s newly formed Sustainability Task Force coordinates activities across campus to cultivate a shared vision for sustainability and better integrate the Institute's research, education, operations, and partnerships.

Georgia Tech also has a Sustainable Facilities Committee made up of staff who advance sustainability principles across the work of Facilities Management. In the past, the group has sponsored campus educational activities, co-developed the Work Green office initiative, and hosted speakers.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:
•Atlanta Global Studies Center (Anna Stenport) Faculty

•Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems (Michael Chang) Faculty

•Global Change Program (Kim Cobb) Faculty

•Office of Campus Sustainability (Anne Rogers) Staff

•Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business (Beril Toktay) Faculty

•Serve-Learn-Sustain (Jennifer Hirsch) Faculty

•Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation (Debra Lam) Faculty

•Strategic Energy Institute (Tim Lieuwen) Faculty

Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:
The Office of Campus Sustainability

Georgia Tech strives to be a leader in sustainability and to promote action and awareness through education, research, and operational practice. To do this, sustainability must be a core value in everything we do. The Office of Campus Sustainability builds awareness and works with the campus community (student, faculty, and staff) to reduce Georgia Tech’s environmental impact, preserve resources, and inspire action toward sustainable outcomes. OCS institutionalizes sustainable and transformative practices in all operational campus functions by empowering the campus community, using the campus as a model, and solving problems in partnership with business and academic units to advance Georgia Tech’s reputation in this field.


Serve-Learn-Sustain is a campus-wide academic initiative working with all six colleges to offer students opportunities inside and outside the classroom to collaborate with diverse partners – across the community, non-profit, government, academic, and business sectors – on key sustainability challenges. Through SLS, students use the knowledge and skills they are acquiring at GT to help “create sustainable communities.”

Our Mission

SLS educates students through classroom, co-curricular, and real-world learning, on campus and off, to contribute to the task of "creating sustainable communities"

SLS builds the capacity of faculty to (a) teach sustainable communities-related courses, and (b) collaborate with diverse partners on their research

SLS facilitates GT participation in partnerships that bring together key partners - from government, community, nonprofit, academic, and business sectors - for joint learning, research, and action

Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
JulieAnne Williamson, Executive Director, Sustainability and Building Operations Dr. Jennifer Hirsch, Director, Serve Learn Sustain Anne Rogers, Associate Director, Office of Campus Sustainability

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:
Accomplishments of the Office of Campus Sustainability and campus partners: (1) In 2018, Georgia Tech ranked #43 within the Princeton Review’s Top 50 Green Colleges ranking (out of 399); (2) Over a 10 year period, 2008 to 2018, Georgia Tech reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 26% total net carbon emissions; (3) From 2015-2018, OCS led the campus facilitation and development of a comprehensive campus sustainability plan that is Georgia Tech’s first formal strategy to define and achieve its sustainability goals; (4) OCS was a lead partner in securing one of the Institute’s largest grants of $30M to build the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design and has worked throughout the entirety of the project to ensure achievement of project goals.

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Executive Director, Sustainability & Building Operations

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Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Associate Director Office of Campus Sustainability

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