Our Mission: Greener Tech, Greener World

At Georgia Tech, we strive to be leaders in sustainability. We are dedicated to promoting action and awareness of sustainable principles for the welfare of our environment and for the global good.

We believe that all members of the Georgia Tech community – students, faculty, staff, alumni, neighbors, and visitors – can play a vital role in helping with our mission to preserve resources, reduce our environmental impact, and inspire action toward sustainable outcomes.

We have a long, proud history at Georgia Tech of applying science and technology to help make the world a better place. We will continue to devote our collective energy, knowledge and unique skills to develop future generations of good global citizens and stewards in all aspects of sustainability.

Sustainability in Action

We have made several public commitments – through various organizations, master plans and guidelines ­– to address the sustainability needs of the Georgia Tech campus. Our near and long-term strategic planning includes initiatives to:

  • Ensure that all major capital construction projects meet the highest environment building standards in the industry;
  • Establish the “Eco-Commons” as an open space landscape system that threads together existing and new campus spaces;
  • improves stormwater retention and provides expanded informal recreational spaces;
  • Reduce storm water runoff on campus by 50 percent;
  • Reduce energy use by 15 percent by 2020; 
  • Expand renewable energy use to 10 percent of energy consumed on campus by 2040;
  • Reduce energy use to 50 percent below 2007 levels by 2040; and 
  • Become carbon neutral by 2050.

“We will be leaders in improving the human condition in Georgia, the United States, and around the globe.”

––from our Georgia Tech mission statement