The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has recognized the Georgia Institute of Technology as an exemplary campus as part of their initiative, 'Campus Environment 2008: A National Report Card on Sustainability in Higher Education - Trends and New Developments in Leadership, Academics and Operations.'
The recent study analyzed trends and new developments in environmental performance and sustainability at 1,068 institutions recognizing colleges and universities for exemplary efforts and awards for collective, national performance on environmental literacy, energy, water, transportation, landscaping, waste reduction and more. The 2008 survey is the nation's largest study to date created to gauge trends and new developments in campus sustainability. It was also the first study of its kind when conducted in 2001.
Georgia Tech emphasizes sustainability throughout its campus with 21 endowed chairs and 23 research centers that include significant sustainability components. The Institute has also set a goal that every student takes at least one of more than the 100 courses with a sustainability emphasis. In addition, the Institute has a number of environmental sustainability programs that embrace initiatives ranging from green cleaning and solid waste recycling to landscape and building design to a sustainable food project.