Tech Earns High Score on Green Report Card
Posted October 8, 2009 | Atlanta, GA
For the second consecutive year, Georgia Tech garnered an overall grade of "B" on the annual College Sustainability Report Card. The Sustainable Endowments Institute issues the report to measure sustainability initiatives at colleges and universities.
Institutions are graded in nine categories, ranging from Climate Change & Energy, Green Building and Food & Recycling to Administration, Investment Priorities and Shareholder Engagement. Tech, maintaining its role as a Campus Sustainability Leader, earned an "A" grade in seven of the nine categories. Last year, the Institute scored a "B" in the Climate Change & Energy and Transportation categories. The Institute again scored an "F" in both Endowment Transparency and Shareholder Engagement.
In 2007, Institute administration created the Office of Environmental Stewardship and named Marcia Kinstler director of sustainability. For the last two years, she has worked to aggregate and compile all data regarding sustainability efforts across academics, research and operations at Tech. Due in part to her office's efforts in reporting, Tech rose from an overall "C" grade in 2008 to a "B" grade last year.
"We knew Georgia Tech was a leader in many areas of sustainability, and many people across campus were doing extraordinary things, but we weren't able to articulate our leadership," Kinstler said. "It is only when we tell the whole story that people realize Tech has a stronger, deeper and broader sustainability program than many others who are more recognized and written about."
More than 330 schools were judged in nine categories, which in turn were equally weighed on a 4.0 grading scale. The highest grade earned by the 26 schools judged as Overall College Sustainability Leaders is an "A-". Comparing peer schools, Stanford University scored an "A-" overall, University of Michigan—Ann Arbor scored a "B+", and Emory University and the California Institute of Technology scored a "B".
The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities and the eighth best engineering and information technology university in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.