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

The Office of Sustainability is excited to welcome the new Recycling Coordinator, Morgan Bachman! Morgan is from Columbia, Maryland and attended the University of Maryland, College Park earning a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science & Policy.  She served as the Recycling Program Associate for University of Maryland in the Facilities Management department where she worked extensively with college students on sustainability projects.  Morgan credits her environmentally conscious parents for spurring her interest in sustainability as they provided a green lifestyle throughout her childhood.  After working with Calleva Outdoor Adventures, as a Sustainable Agriculture intern and next as an intern at the Alternative breaks program, sustainability was the clear-cut decision for a career.  Morgan enjoys cooking and practically everything outdoors such as white water rafting, canoeing and hiking.  She's also an admitted TV fan (scripted shows only!) noting that her favorite is The Daily Show.  Morgan will be settling into her position starting the last week of September.  

The Georgia State University Building Services department has implemented the use of green cleaning products and equipment into their daily operation processes according to Steven Whitfield, Operations Manager in Facilities Building Services.  Green cleaning uses ingredients and procedures that preserve environmental quality. 

Whitfield says that GSU has been practicing green cleaning since 2008 starting with an Activeion Handheld Sprayer.   This sprayer transforms tap water into a high-performance cleaner eliminating the impact that strong chemicals have on the environment.  Other methods include: (1) Micro Fiber Technology - micro fiber dust mops and wet mops remove 60% more soil than traditional string mops; (2) Kaivic System for Restroom Cleaning - allows technicians to clean restrooms without touching any fixtures and dispose germs and soil more efficiently; (3) Eco Strip and Floor Prep Pads - strip floors without harsh stripping chemicals, uses only a quarter of the water used in the traditional process; (4) Water Recovery Tanks - collection of condensation from cooling towers and rain water from gutters providing thousands of gallons of water that would normally be wasted. 
Facilities Building Services is currently piloting an On-Site Solution Generator in Classroom Building South.  The On-Site Solution Generator creates both cleaning and disinfecting solutions by using water, electricity and a small amount of salt.  This process eliminates the use of harsh chemicals, reduces monthly purchasing costs and decreases GSU's environmental footprint reducing disposal of used chemical product containers. The On-Site Solution Generator will be expanded to include the new Law School and will eventually be used across the entire campus.

Steven Whitfield says, "We are constantly thinking of ways to incorporate sustainability into our cleaning habits and how we can get out in front of this on an urban campus.  It will take a grassroots effort by educating everyone on what it is and the benefits."
Louis Sibley, Facilities Builiding Services, is pictured with the On-Site Generator in Classroom South.


The Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics and the Office of Sustainability will host a talk by Adam Minter, author of  Junkyard Planet:  Travels in the Billion Dollar Trash Trade on Thursday, September 17, 2015.  Born in Minneapolis, Minter is now based in Asia and works as a columnist for  Bloomberg View .  He has done an in depth investigation focusing on the globalization of the recycling trade, and   i n 2002, he began a series of groundbreaking investigative pieces on China's emerging recycling industries.  He has been cited, quoted, and interviewed on recycling and waste by a range of international media and regularly speaks to groups about global waste and recycling trade.  
In his talk, Minter will dispute the idea that the export of recyclable waste to the developing world represents a shifting of responsibilities - a "dumping" - while highlighting the key role that it's played in offering disadvantaged populations an entrepreneurial opportunity.
The event will be held at The Lanier Suite (SCE 216), 55 Gilmer Street Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30303.  For more information please contact Andrew I. Cohen at


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

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