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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

STARS v1.2

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA, US


Rating Score Liaison Submission Date Executive Letter
Expired Expired JulieAnne Williamson May 15, 2012 Download

Characteristics

Full-time Equivalent Enrollment 20,942
Number of Undergraduate Students 13,003
Number of Graduate Students 6,429
Full-time Equivalent Employees 6,313
Institution type Master
Institutional control Public
Endowment size 1,626,835
Percentage of students that are Residential 41.0
Percentage of students that are Full-time commuter 51.0
Percentage of students that are Part-time commuter Not Available
Percentage of students that are On-line only Not Available
Gross square feet of building space 14,555,000.0
Gross square feet of laboratory space 2,000,000.0
Acres of cultivated grounds 430.0
Acres of undeveloped land 128.0
Climate region Mixed-Humid

Campus Features

Feature Is Present? Is Included in Report
Agricultural School No No
Medical School No No
Pharmacy School No No
Public Health No No
Veterinary School No No
Satellite Yes Yes
Hospital No No
Farm No No
Agricultural experiment station No No

Additional Details

Georgia Tech is reporting on its main campus in downtown Atlanta plus leased campus space in NW Atlanta.

Facilities' Utilities Group manage the utilities bills for these facilities. This represents 198 buildings and 14,123,683 gsf.

Input for this survey was compiled from many sources across campus. Major contributors (both direct and indirect) include:

Faculty, Researchers, many student organizations

Institutional Research and Planning
Procurement Services
Student Affairs
Facilities (including EHS, Energy Conservation Team, Motor Pool, Landscaping, etc)
Campus Planning
Auxiliary Services (Dining, Housing, Parking & Transportation, etc)
Georgia Tech Foundation
Human Resources
GTRI
Financial Aid
Diversity Services
Communications and Marketing
Government and Community Relations
and many more, too many to list

Georgia Tech recognizes the importance of experiential learning in addition to traditional academic learning. An event as seemingly simple as "Tech Beautification Day" may end up with two students who didn't already know each ... read more
Credit Status
Student Sustainability Educators Program Complete
Student Sustainability Outreach Campaign Complete
Sustainability in New Student Orientation Complete
Sustainability Outreach and Publications Complete
Student Group Complete
Organic Garden Complete
Model Room in a Residence Hall Not Pursuing
Themed Housing Complete
Sustainable Enterprise Complete
Sustainability Events Complete
Outdoors Program Complete
Themed Semester or Year Complete
Georgia Tech has a goal that every student will take at least one course in sustainability. We have more than 260 courses with an emphasis in sustainability, spanning every college at Georgia Tech. Varied and ... read more
Credit Status
Sustainability Course Identification Complete
Sustainability-Focused Courses Complete
Sustainability-Related Courses Complete
Sustainability Courses by Department Complete
Sustainability Learning Outcomes Complete
Undergraduate Program in Sustainability Complete
Graduate Program in Sustainability Complete
Sustainability Immersive Experience Complete
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Complete
Incentives for Developing Sustainability Courses Complete
Georgia Tech is a leader in research in the fields of energy, climate change, nanotechnology, biomedical technology, engineering, management, public policy, transportation and logistics, health information technology, and material science engineering, economic development and tech ... read more
Credit Status
Sustainability Research Identification Complete
Faculty Engaged in Sustainability Research Complete
Departments Engaged in Sustainability Research Complete
Sustainability Research Incentives Complete
Interdisciplinary Research in Tenure and Promotion Complete
Georgia Tech has 46 buildings and approximately 5 million gsf of buildings that are LEED Certified, LEED Registered, or Renovated for Energy and Water Efficiency to the level of LEED. Many other buildings have received ... read more
Credit Status
Building Operations and Maintenance Complete
Building Design and Construction Complete
Indoor Air Quality Complete
Georgia Tech signed the ACUPCC in 2007 and has met the milestones of that program. Tech continues to calculate its green house gas emissions, implement its plans to increase its energy and water efficiency, and ... read more
Credit Status
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Complete
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Complete
Air Travel Emissions Complete
Local Offsets Program Not Pursuing
Georgia Tech has been serving local foods for over a hundred years. A Sustainable Dining Committee was formed in 2008 and encouraged the reporting of purchases within sustainable food categories. 41% of Georgia Tech Dining ... read more
Credit Status
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete
Trayless Dining Complete
Vegan Dining Complete
Trans-Fats Complete
Guidelines for Franchisees Complete
Pre-Consumer Food Waste Composting Complete
PostConsumer Food Waste Composting Complete
Food Donation Complete
Recycled Content Napkins Complete
Reusable Container Discounts Complete
Reusable To-Go Containers Complete

When Georgia Tech talks about energy efficiency, people listen. Our campus is a living laboratory of energy efficiency, energy modeling,energy efficiency measurement, and understanding emerging new energy technologies and practices.

Credit Status
Building Energy Consumption Complete
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete
Timers for Temperature Control Complete
Lighting Sensors Complete
LED Lighting Complete
Vending Machine Sensors Complete
Energy Management System Complete
Energy Metering Complete

Georgia Tech's trees and green spaces make our campus a lush oasis in downtown Atlanta.

An early adopter of Tree Campus USA, we have recently received our 4th certification from the Arbor Foundation.

Credit Status
Integrated Pest Management Complete
Native Plants Complete
Wildlife Habitat Complete
Tree Campus USA Complete
Snow and Ice Removal Complete
Landscape Waste Composting Complete

Georgia Tech has had a green purchasing program since 2003. As a public university we are also subject to the State purchasing programs. The State programs include environmentally responible purchasing and waste reduction.

Credit Status
Computer Purchasing Complete
Cleaning Products Purchasing Complete
Office Paper Purchasing Complete
Vendor Code of Conduct Complete
Historically Underutilized Businesses Complete
Local Businesses Complete
Georgia Tech has had an Alternative Transportation Manager since 1991. Our campus transportation offerings connect with the city's rapid transit system. Parking and Transportation have implemented cutting edge technology and practices to improve transportation ... read more
Credit Status
Campus Fleet Complete
Student Commute Modal Split Complete
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete
Bicycle Sharing Complete
Facilities for Bicyclists Complete
Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Complete
Mass Transit Programs Complete
Condensed Work Week Complete
Telecommuting Complete
Carpool/Vanpool Matching Complete
Cash-out of Parking Not Pursuing
Carpool Discount Complete
Local Housing Complete
Prohibiting Idling Not Pursuing
Car Sharing Complete
Call it "practical". Call it "common sense." Reducing the amount of waste produced through using less, reusing more, and rethinking processes is both a tradition of Georgia Tech engineers and consistent with the 3 R ... read more
Credit Status
Waste Reduction Complete
Waste Diversion Complete
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Complete
Electronic Waste Recycling Program Complete
Hazardous Waste Management Complete
Materials Exchange Complete
Limiting Printing Complete
Materials Online Complete
Chemical Reuse Inventory Complete
Move-In Waste Reduction Complete
Move-Out Waste Reduction Complete
"Georgia Tech strives to improve the science and practice of water resources planning and management in ways that balance quality of life, environmental sustainability, and economic growth. Tech pursues this mission through its education, research ... read more
Credit Status
Water Consumption Complete
Stormwater Management Complete
Waterless Urinals Complete
Building Water Metering Complete
Non-Potable Water Usage Complete
Xeriscaping Complete
Weather-Informed Irrigation Complete
“An innovative learning environment must also be an exciting place to work, live, and relax. Our community will include social and cultural aspects that complement our research and academic dimensions. As a test bed for ... read more
Credit Status
Sustainability Coordination Complete
Strategic Plan Complete
Physical Campus Plan Complete
Sustainability Plan Complete
Climate Action Plan Complete
“We will recruit, develop, retain, and engage a diverse cadre of students, faculty, and staff with a wide variety of background, perspectives, interests, and talents, creating a campus community that exemplifies the best in all ... read more
Credit Status
Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete
Measuring Campus Diversity Culture Not Pursuing
Support Programs for Underrepresented Groups Complete
Support Programs for Future Faculty Complete
Affordability and Access Programs Complete
Gender Neutral Housing Complete
Employee Training Opportunities Complete
Student Training Opportunities Complete

"Georgia Tech strives to enhance our employees’ total experience while working here. Helping individuals find a balance between their work and family life allows them to be successful employees."

http://www.careers.gatech.edu/

Credit Status
Sustainable Compensation Complete
Employee Satisfaction Evaluation Complete
Staff Professional Development in Sustainability Complete
Sustainability in New Employee Orientation Complete
Employee Sustainability Educators Program Complete
Childcare Complete
Employee Wellness Program Complete
Socially Responsible Retirement Plan Complete
"Georgia Tech is committed to strategically strengthening its already robust international education and research initiatives for the twenty-first century. By growing existing international campuses and developing new ones, internationalizing the curriculum, and increasing the number ... read more
Credit Status
Committee on Investor Responsibility Complete
Shareholder Advocacy Complete
Positive Sustainability Investments Complete
Student-Managed Sustainable Investment Fund Complete
Sustainable Investment Policy Complete
Investment Disclosure Complete
"Georgia Tech has a rich and strong history of providing the student support services and co-curricular learning opportunities that help our diverse student community acquire and apply life-learning skills. The college years are pivotal and ... read more
Credit Status
Community Sustainability Partnerships Complete
Inter-Campus Collaboration on Sustainability Complete
Sustainability in Continuing Education Complete
Community Service Participation Complete
Community Service Hours Complete
Sustainability Policy Advocacy Complete
Trademark Licensing Complete
Graduation Pledge Not Pursuing
Community Service on Transcripts Not Pursuing
Farmers' Market Complete
"Through the combined efforts of our faculty, staff, and students, Georgia Tech’s innovative spirit has characterized our research enterprise, and now that spirit will infuse the university’s educational experience as well. Georgia Tech ... read more
Credit Status
Innovation 1 Complete
Innovation 2 Complete
Innovation 3 Complete
Innovation 4 Complete
Georgia Tech seeks to incorporate sustainability as a life style, not a separate program, degree, or job responsibility. Througout its 135 year history, Georgia Tech has included efficient use of resources, including energy and water ... read more
Credit Status
New Student Orientation Complete
Food Education Complete
Food and Beverage Purchases Complete
Confinement-Free Food Purchases Complete
Vegetarian-Fed Food Purchases Complete
Hormone-Free Food Purchases Complete
Seafood Purchases Complete
Dishware Complete
Energy Initiatives Complete
Energy Use by Type Complete
Procurement Complete
Bike Sharing Complete
Water Initiatives Complete
Endowment Complete
Sustainability Staffing Complete

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