2005 Environmental Leadership Award Recipient

William A. Miller


Mr. Miller is an alumnus, and an employee, of Georgia Tech. He is presently employed in the Facilities Design and Construction Department as a Professional Advisor - Project Manager and Contract Administrator.

His first career, 30 years ago, was as a commissioned officer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In the last ten years of his career Mr. Miller had leadership roles on a number of environmentally sensitive projects, such as protection of loggerhead turtles from Atlantic coast dredging operations, southeast wetlands preservation and regulation, Kissimee River (FL) and Everglades Restoration. For three years he was the Army project manager for demilitarization of chemical weapons requiring environmentally safe means of destroying lethal nerve agent  weapons.

When asked about his career with Georgia Tech, he responded:

"I joined Georgia Tech in 1992 after retiring from the Army. My first assignment (1992-1997) was as Director of Olympic Planning. One of my most important responsibilities was to preserve and protect the campus environment (trees, plantings, walks, buildings) from the intrusive effect of 16,000 athletes in the Olympic Village and two sport venues. We were successful in minimizing damage to the campus environment and returned the campus to complete restoration.

We were successful in obtaining $3 million in grants from DOE and Georgia Power for a renewable energy demonstration project: the solar roof on the Olympic Pool, as well as a ground source heat pump demonstration project. After the Olympics I directed a two-year effort to write a new campus master plan. Here we successfully worked to include sustainability, increased green space, pedestrian friendly campus, and reduction of central campus parking into the plan.

Next I began working for Facilities Design and Construction, serving as Manager of Capital Projects overseeing actual physical development of the master plan and working on a daily basis to be sure the principles of sustainability were carried out as intended. I was project manager for decommissioning of the Neely Nuclear Reactor, successfully decommissioned in 2000 without any environmental consequence. My final assignment was as Georgia Tech Project Manager for Technology Square.

I'm proud of our environmental accomplishments on that project, particularly attainment of a LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, 2004 Development of the Year Award from the Urban Land Institute, 2004 Development of Excellence Award from the Atlanta Regional Commission, and the 2003 Golden Shoe Award from PEDS."

Mr. Miller was presented with the ELA award at the 2005 Earth Day Celebration.

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