2010 Environmental Awards
Environmental Leadership Award
The Environmental Leadership Award (ELA) celebrates an individual or group that has had a significant environmental impact via a long-term commitment, resulting in a body of exemplary work. The 2010 ELA recipient is Frank Wickstead. Frank is a graduate student at Georgia Tech pursuing a Master's Degree in the Building Construction. He has been involved in high performance and green building for over 10 years.
Frank's company, WicksteadWorks, is a design and construction company specializing in residential renovations and additions. WicksteadWorks was named EarthCraft Renovator of the Year by the Greater Atlanta Home Builder's Association and the SouthFace Energy Institute in 2009 and 2010. This recognition was based on Frank's commitment that every project his company takes on will meet EarthCraft's high standards. Frank is a leader in the Green Building industry and a great representative of Georgia Tech's commitment to conservation.
Environmental Initiative Award
The Environmental Initiative Award (EIA) is designed to celebrate a particular project by an individual or group that has had a significant environmental impact within the past year, whether on campus or out in the community at large. The 2010 EIA recipient is
Georgia Tech graduate student Michael Selik, for the Atlanta Bike Coalition's Starter Bikes Program. Starter Bikes is a partnership between the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and the Georgia Tech student organization Students Organizing for Sustainability. The program began in 2009 as a student initiative at Georgia Tech under the name GT Bicycle Refurbishment Project.
Volunteers refurbish donated bicycles and the non-profit Atlanta Bicycle Coalition sells the bikes at low rate to students and others in need of affordable transportation. Revenue pays for parts, tools and warehouse space. If someone can't afford a bike, volunteer hours are gladly accepted as payment. All volunteers are welcome. Experienced volunteers train newcomers in bicycle maintenance and repair. The Starter Bikes Program has saved approximately 150 bicycles from the landfill so far, and sales are steadily increasing.
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