Living Laboratory

The Georgia Tech campus is a living, learning laboratory open to all students, faculty, and staff to explore, experiment, and learn.

The physical landscape and the built environment combined with campus infrastructure offer a robust collection of data and information for research and academic pursuits. With more than 400 acres, 16,000 trees, 250 buildings and 30,000 visitors daily, the Georgia Tech campus provides a rich learning opportunity. Infrastructure & Sustainability welcomes creative partnerships with our campus colleagues. We are eager for the Georgia Tech community to engage with us in data research, pilot projects, research grants, capstone projects, and more.

To begin a collaboration, please use this webform.

By merging academics and research with campus spaces, we have a unique opportunity to form partnerships and provide real-world educational experiences. Leveraging our campus as a living, learning laboratory is an integral component of the structured strategic plans, goals and initiatives that guide the direction of the Institute.

The Institute Strategic Plan

Administration and Finance Strategic Plan

Campus Sustainability Strategic Plan

Georgia Tech is excited to begin development of a bold and dynamic Campus Master Plan that will direct the Institute for years to come. Combined with a comprehensive Carbon Neutrality Plan, these initiatives are additional opportunities for innovative teaching and learning experiences.

 

Living Laboratory

 

INFRASTRUCTURE AND SUSTAINABILITY (I&S) ENGAGEMENT REQUEST

I&S is always interested in collaborating on projects. Please complete this request form if you are looking for engagement such as data access, subject matter interview, tours, standards/documents, etc. Click here.

HANDS-ON LEARNING EXPERIENCES

WASTE AUDIT & INCREASING DIVERSION RATES

 

Infrastructure & Sustainability seek to conduct on-campus waste audits. We are seeking the engagement of faculty and students in this process. Below are some suggested areas of involvement. 

  1. Conducting Waste Audit: Material selection, measurements and waste.
  2. Micro-Communities/Human Organization: Help identify sub-sects of our on-campus communities. 
  3. Evaluation & New Diversion Tactics
  4. Social Justice & Community Impact
  5. Communications & Engagement

Contact Campus Sustainability at: Sustain@sustain.gatech.edu 

TREE PLANTINGS SUPPORT TREE CAMPUS USA CERTIFICATION

 

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Every year Landscape Services plants at least 50 additional trees on campus. These trees support an expansion of our urban forest, as well as the caliper replacement of trees that had to be removed due to construction or end-of-life failure. We are seeking student classes and organizations (minimum of four students at a time), who are interested in helping with tree plantings. – Contact Cathy Brim in Infrastructure and Sustainability: cathy.brim@gatech.edu

THE ECOCOMMONS – A PERFORMANCE LANDSCAPE

 

The EcoCommons master plan is 80 acres of engineered waterway designed to replicate the stormwater management of an original stream running through campus. The goal is to achieve 50 percent reduction in stormwater runoff. We are seeking academic partners to investigate best practices in performance landscape, design and measurements of success.

– Contact Cathy Brim, Communications Officer II, Infrastructure and Sustainability: cathy.brim@gatech.edu

EXPERT IN THE CLASSROOM

Infrastructure and Sustainability (I&S) includes a wide variety of experts who may be able to offer insight to real-world applications of environmental sustainability principles that undergraduate students are learning in the classroom.  If you are interested in scheduling an I&S professional to visit your classroom, let’s talk. Professions and sample topic-areas are listed below. 

a. Green Cleaning Program Manager:

Cleaning with ionized water, micro-fiber cloths, etc.  How does indoor air quality impact building occupants?

b. Recycling Program Manager & Recycling Collections Associate:

What contamination items are very problematic in our waste streams and why? How is recycling waste collected on campus? Understanding the business side of recycling.  

c. Construction Manager:  

Constructing Green Buildings, recycling construction waste, engaging community members in major campus projects.  

d. Building or Landscape Design Professional:(typically a trained architect or masters-level professional):

Green buildings on and off campus.  Campus-as-a-system approach to landscapes.

e. Mechanical and Electrical Engineers:

Specializing in the design of high-efficiency building systems, challenges associated with retrofitting/renovating a building to be more efficient, etc.  

f. Energy Conservation Manager:

Prioritizing energy conservation measures in a large building portfolio; Identifying impact areas; Understanding and maintaining high-performance buildings.

g. Landscape Project Managers:

Smarter stormwater management, using non-potable water for irrigation/monitoring and managing non-potable water resources with technology, Integrated Pest Management strategies, increasing pollinator-friendly habitats, native plant species, performance landscaping.

h. Environmental Programs Manager:

Why and how do we monitor our GHG-emitting equipment? Which everyday items and processes emit the most GHG? How do EPA regulatory requirements impact our operations? What is an indoor air quality investigation and why do we do it? What does “non-attainment area” mean and what operational implications does that have on our campus?