2012 Environmental Awards

Environmental Initiative Award

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 imact within the past year, whether on campus or out in the community at large. The 2012 EIA recipient is the Georgia Tech Department of Housing. GT Housing acquired the North Avenue Apartments (NAA), the former 1996 Olympic Village, in the Summer of 2007. The group completed a check-list of more than 25 projects and in November 2011 achieved the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification for Existing Buildings in Operations & Maintenance, making NAA the largest university housing complex in the world to achieve the LEED® Gold EB O&M certification.

LEED® Operations & Maintenance of an Existing Building includes not only renovating the building as a sustainable building but also involves training the operators (staff), and in the case of a housing or residence hall, the persons living in the building (students) to "operate and maintain" the building. A LEED® Policy Manual was developed to guide the operations of the NAA complex, and has since been adopted for the running of all Housing on the Georgia Tech campus. The pursuit of LEED® EB certification at North Avenue Apartments served to positively influence all Housing at Georgia Tech and provides the benchmark needed to move toward a more sustainable future, to reduce the impact on the earth and to conserve resources so future generations can live, learn and prosper in a healthier and cleaner environment.

Environmental Leadership Award

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 2012 ELA recipient is Jonathan Murphy. Jonathan has been the backbone of StarterBikes, an on-campus bicycle co-op, educating students and staff on how to maintain their bicycles and providing inexpensive bicycles through the program. He has also been an active member of the Bicycle Infrastructure Improvement Committee, contributing tremendously to all of our efforts since the organization was founded in 2010.

Jonathan has helped countless students use bikes rather than cars, and has helped show them that it's not only cheap and easy, but a wonderfully enjoyable way to get around. He has coordinated the creation of creative and wacky bicycles (including a dodeca-cycle, six bikes welded together!) to advertise bicycling's fun side at events around Atlanta. Jonathan knows that actions speak louder than words. His actions have spoken volumes, and helped make Georgia Tech a much more bike-friendly place.

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