Campus Sustainability Month is an international celebration of sustainability in higher education. On October 21st, Georgia Tech contributed to this celebration by hosting its own Campus Sustainability Week. During the week, several campus events raised awareness of and celebrated sustainability initiatives at Georgia Tech. This included an event commemorating the opening of the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design.
On Monday, October 21st, the Office of Campus Sustainability kicked off Campus Sustainability Week with a Kendeda Building tour. The tour provided participants a deeper dive into the goals of the Kendeda Building and an understanding of how the building is setting a new standard for the built environment. “The Kendeda Building is an incredible and beautiful example of sustainable design, integration with nature, human inclusion and well-being. It is the most sustainable building of its kind in the Southeast,” said Georgia Tech President Ángel Cabrera. Those who are interested in learning more about the tours can visit sustain.gatech.edu/sustainability-tours.
Facilities Management held its 3rd Annual Sustainable Facilities Forum on October 22 at the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design. The forum highlighted topics surrounding campus sustainability initiatives, campus pollinators and biodiversity, and waste minimization programs. The Sustainability Facilities Forum was a zero-waste event catered by Georgia Tech Catering, an offering that is available to the entire campus community. Georgia Tech Catering is a huge supporter in helping the campus achieve its goals for more sustainable food choices and minimizing waste.
On Wednesday, the Clothing Reuse Giveaway was a huge success as students left Georgia Techs' Campus Services Warehouse carrying bags full of gently used clothes. The giveaway was a result of a partnered program between the Office of Campus Sustainability and Georgia Tech Housing and Residence Life. Last semester, students donated over a ton (by weight) of clothing during move out at North Avenue Apartments. A portion of the received items were donated to a local charity and the remaining items were left in storage to later be used for the Clothing Reuse Giveaway.
Thursday marked the dedication ceremony and open house for the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design. President Ángel Cabrera gave his remarks commemorating the partnership between the Kendeda Fund and Georgia Tech. Following the ceremony, attendees were able to take tours of the building and see the facilities firsthand. The tours highlight mechanical components including HVAC systems, the electrical room, the water treatment skid, and the composting toilet system.
Even with Campus Sustainability Week at an end, the campus will continue to host sustainability-themed events throughout the remainder of October. Georgia Tech's Sustainability Showcase is scheduled to take place on October 28th - October 30th at the Kendeda Building. For more information regarding campus sustainability initiatives, visit www.sustain.gatech.edu.