Public Policy Student in the AJC

Green efforts get noticed at Emory, Tech

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 08/10/08

For the first time this year, the Princeton Review, the go-to guide for college-going kids and parents alike, began ranking the nation’s top “green” colleges, and two Atlanta institutions —- Emory and Georgia Tech —- made it to the top of the list. The schools are among 11 in the nation that scored 99 points or higher on Princeton’s 100-point green scale.


Tech officials say the campus has 26 sustainable buildings, the highest number in the nation. Tech has 21 endowed chairs and 23 research centers that include sustainability components. The institution has hosted international and national conferences on climate change and water conservation.

The dining halls are now going “trayless,” saving 3,000 gallons of water per week once needed to wash trays. And Tech created a “Green Buzz” Web site that pulls together all of the sustainability projects across campus. Since its launch in April, has received more than 12,000 hits, more than half of those internally.

Liam Rattry, who is headed into his third year at Tech as an honors public policy student, has spent his time on campus helping create a sustainable food project. Each week during the school year, people line up at the student center to receive boxes of fresh produce provided by a local farm. Rattry organizes cooking demonstrations, showing students how to make meals with whole, fresh food.

Rattry worked on an organic farm in England in high school and said understanding where food comes from gave him a different perspective.

“It’s about respecting the environment and realizing how the climate change affects food production,” he said.


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