Posted April 20, 2010 Atlanta, GA
The Princeton Review, U.S. Green Building Council Recognize Georgia Tech's Leadership In Environmental Sustainability
Georgia Tech is one of the country's greenest schools according to The Princeton Review and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). One of fifteen schools to be named to the 2010 Green Honor Roll, Georgia tech is also one of 286 green schools included in the newly released The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges. Georgia Tech also has the distinction of being named to Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll in 2008 and 2009.
The guide was established, "to recognize the impressive environmental and sustainability programs at universities and colleges across the country," said Princeton Review's Leah Pennino and USGBC's Ashley Katz. In addition, the Green Honor Roll, first established in 2008, "salutes the institutions receiving the highest possible Green Rating score (99) in the year’s tallies,” said Pennino.
According to Princeton Review, Georgia Tech’s inclusion on the Honor Roll and in the guide is an indication that the Institute excels in providing students a healthy and sustainable quality of life, preparing students for green jobs and responsible green citizenship and using environmentally responsible school policies.
Environmental sustainability is a vital component of the Georgia Tech academic experience. With classes, research, and majors addressing various aspects of the topic stretching across all of the Institute’s colleges and majors, students learn to think green. In addition, Georgia Tech’s strategic plan recommends that all students should take at least one class focused on sustainability before they graduate.
The Institute also integrates sustainable practices in all aspects of campus operations, maintaining a fleet of natural gas powered buses, using local and organic food in the dining halls, recycling various items including batteries, paper, plastic, and glass, and using non-toxic cleaner in buildings. The institute also maintains a rigorous building code for all renovations and new buildings, ensuring that they meet LEED standards.