December 2015
The Green Scene@GSU
Check out all the recent happenings with regards to sustainability for the GSU Campus Community.

Eco Shredding will provide onsite, secure, eco-friendly shredding to GSU on Monday, December 14, 2015 thanks to a partnership between GSU Office of Sustainability and Central Atlanta Progress .  The mobile document shredding truck will be parked under the Collins Street Bridge by the G Deck entrance from 10:30AM- 11:30AM and will be free for all campus members.  The truck has the capacity to shred 100 boxes per hour so we ask that each individual bring 2-3 boxes maximum.  All shredding will be done on-site and attendees can either drop their boxes of documents off to be shredded or can watch their documents be shredded then recycled.

The Sustainability Fee Committee recently held their second call for proposals from the campus community on ideas that could move sustainability forward at GSU. The following projects were awarded fee funding:
Energy Panel : As part of a brand new course created by Dr. Crawford Elliot in the
Geosciences Department called "Energy Future", Dr. Elliot will bring leading experts from across the country to campus throughout the semester to address both the pros and cons of fracking, as well as the legal and environmental consequences associated with the process. These discussions will be held on campus and will be open to the public.

Sustainability Awards :   The Office of Sustainability in partnership with the Honors College's GSU Undergraduate Research Conference (GSURC) will add a series of monetary awards for students participating in the newly created sustainability track in the GSURC spring conference.  The awards are designed to encourage student research on sustainability topics.  Seven students will be awarded monetary prizes in the amount of $100 each for the most notable entries in the following categories:  poster presentation (two awards), oral presentation (two awards), art and musical performance (two awards), and one overall award will be given for best applied project that helps GSU or the Atlanta community. 
Powersol Installation:  The University Housing Green Team will manage the  installation of  Powersol , a patio umbrella that can charge three USB mobile devices through solar power that feeds into a battery hub on a table.  A total of five Powersol umbrellas will be placed around residence halls. They can be used anywhere a standard patio umbrella is used on campus and will fit into existing patio tables, requiring no special installation and no additional labor costs. 

EV Charging Stations :  The University Housing Green Team will have two Dual Level 2 (240V) EV Charging Stations installed in the University Commons parking garage for students to use. This will increase the total number of EV charging stations on campus to nine.  

Tree Campus USA Operating Budget: This relatively new student group will receive funding to host numerous educational events on campus to bring attention to significance of trees on campus and to complete a mobile app that can map out the tree markers they will place, as well as other forested areas in Atlanta.
reight Farm Shipping Container Hydroponic System:

On Georgia State's urban campus, it can be difficult to find land fit for farming to consistently produce enough yield to support the dining halls and retail locations throughout the year. Panther Dining will soon be able to grow and serve fresh vegetables year-round using a vertical hydroponic system in a climate controlled shipping container from Freight Farms. The "farm in a box" system will be maintained by Panther Dining and located behind Piedmont North Dining Hall.  


For the second year, GSU will partner with other area institutions to send faculty interested in infusing sustainability into their curriculum to Emory's Piedmont Project faculty workshop in May. The Piedmont Project has become a national model of curriculum development, providing a community for intellectual dialogue around the economic, environmental, and social dimensions of sustainability in both local and global arenas. Piedmont participants engage in a variety of activities during the workshop, prepare course materials on their own over the summer, and come together for a half-day fieldtrip in August. No prior experience with sustainability or environmental issues in the classroom or in research is necessary.


Faculty members interested in applying, should send an email by December 15th to Sarah Whitaker ( and Michael Black ( including:
  • Name
  • Departmental Affiliation and Title
  • Email and Telephone
  • Project (A one to two paragraph description of how you plan to change an existing course or develop a new one that will incorporate sustainability issues)
The GSU Office of Sustainability will offer stipends to GSU faculty members accepted into the workshop.

Georgia State University
Office of Sustainability
75 Piedmont Ave, Suite 750
Atlanta, GA 30303

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