Awards & History

History of Awards, Certifications and Developments 



  • Georgia Tech achieved a prestigious 4-star rating as part of the Professional Grounds Management Society’s (PGMS) Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation. Tech was originally accredited in January 2015 with a 3-star rating 
  • 2017 Tree Campus USA Designation by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 10th consecutive year
  • Work Green Champions 2017 Certification/Certified Gold by the Georgia Tech Office of Campus Sustainability (www.Sustain.GaTech.Edu)
  • Office of Campus Sustainability $500 Work Green Mini-Grant recipients
  • Re-certified with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) “Blue Seal Certification”
  • John and Joyce Caddell Building recognized with a merit by AIA Georgia Design and Honor Awards for excellence in architectural design
  • Facilities Management received a $500,000 rebate check for the installation of high efficiency equipment in both district energy plants
  • Associate Director of Landscape Services & Fleet Services, Hyacinth Ide, received the University System of Georgia Board of Regents Distinguished Service Award
  • Larry Labbe, Georgia Tech's Deputized Fire Marshal, won the Fire Official of the Year Award at the 25th Annual Insurance Safety & Fire Commissioners 2017 awards lunch
  • The Sustainable Education Building won the Better Buildings Challenge for its significant reductions from 2012-2016



  • The Fleet Services Department staff meet the Blue Seal of Excellence standard by the Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
  • Georgia Tech's Green Cleaning program is independently certified under Green Seal Standard GS-42
  • ​Certified at a Level II Accreditation by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and the Morton Arboretum, for achieving particular standards of professional practices 
  • Georgia Tech is the first higher education institute in the state to receive the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award for committing to improve health, reduce energy and environmental impact and assure productive sustainability education
  • Georgia Tech was selected by the state to pilot the execution of a Guaranteed Energy Savings Performance Contract; Project is focused on energy and water savings in the main district energy plant and is guaranteed to pay for itself through more than $13 millin dollars in savings over a 7 year period with continued savings over the life of the installation


  • Green Cleaning Award for American Schools & Universities (Grand Award, highest honors) 
  • Engineered Biosystems Building complete: first of 3-phase project to spur multidisciplinary research in the areas of biomedical research
  • Roe Stamps Field Renovation: Project of the Year by the Georgia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers for innovation stormwater detention systems 
  • Completed the Professional Grounds Management Society Certification earning 3 of 4 stars; Tech is one of only four campuses awarded nationwide
  • Green Star Best Maintained Landscape: Honors in University and College Category
  • GT Comprehensive Urban Campus Tree Inventory & Management Project earns President's Award by the Georgia Urban Forestry Council 


  • 1st Place in Organics Reduction: Gameday Recycling Challenge
  • Holland Plant completed a significant renewal; began offering living-laboratory exhibition tours for students and faculty studying environmental systems and thermodynamics


  • Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons awarded Best of the Best Award in Sustainability by International Design Association (IDA) Georgia Chapter 




  • Green Cleaning Award for American Schools & Universities (Honorable Mention)




  • GT is an inaugural signatory of Arbor Day Foundation's Tree Campus USA certification



  • American School & University Green Cleaning Award


  • APPA “Effective & Innovative Practices Award”


  • 1st Nationally-Recognized Green Building certification on campus is completed; College of Management Building earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Level
  • Campus expands by1.4 million square feet with the opening of Tech Square; Revitalizing 8 blocks of an area of deteriorated & abandoned buildings and lots, the $380 million project is recognized nationally as a standard of urban development



  • "Architectural and Engineering Design Standards for Building Technology", (Yellow Book), underwent a major rewrite, focusing on building technology and efficiency



  • Georgia Tech's Office of Solid Waste and Recycling launches campus-wide recycling program
  • Facilities Management reorganized building maintenance across geographic areas, allowing hands-on customer service and maintenance consistency across campus



  • Facilities Management provides strategic infrastructure and athlete support of the 1996 Olympic Games
  • American Forest & Paper Association Green Cleaning Award
  • Installation of the campus' first roof-top attached solar system applied to the Campus Recreation Center to supplement the campus power grid and heat water for the pool


  • 10th Street Chiller Plant, phase I, (3,000 tons of capacity), is constructed to support the Olympic dorms


  • Installation of an internal, fiber network system



  • Chill water system becomes operational from the Holland Plant



  • Georgia Tech began constructing its own electrical grid and steam system
  • Holland Plant is converted from coal to natural gas



  • School's name is changed to the Georgia Institute of Technology to reflect a growing focus on advanced technological and scientific research



  • Holland Plant construction is complete; Plant opens as a coal-burning plant, supplying energy for the whole campus



  • The Georgia School of Technology opens, signaling the beginning of the transformation of the agrarian South to an industrial economy