Through its research, policy, and practices, Georgia Tech is well known as an advocate for creating sustainable communities. Some examples of institutional leadership include:
Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems (sustainable.gatech.edu)
Enhances Georgia Tech’s research, education, and service missions, and campus operations through leadership, communications, development, and decision making inspired and defined by the principles of sustainability.
Center for Biologically-Inspired Design (www.cbid.gatech.edu)
A group of interdisciplinary biologists, engineers and physical scientists who seek to facilitate research and education for innovative products and techniques based on biologically-inspired design solutions
Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business (c.gatech.edu/CBSS)
Acts as a catalyst and connector, bringing together students, research faculty, companies, and entrepreneurs to create an environment where business-driven solutions to sustainability challenges can take shape and thrive.
Joint Laboratory of Ecological Urban Design (www.planning.gatech.edu/ecodesign)
Uses cities in China and the U.S. as “urban laboratory” for nurturing novel design methods and new technologies for ecological urban systems. It focuses on design, simulation and performance assessment of flow energy, renewable, and resilient urban systems.
Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (cope.gatech.edu)
Works closely with many of the research centers and institutes at Georgia Tech to provide a focal point for campus-wide efforts on functional organic optical and electronic materials
Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development (www.cqgrd.gatech.edu)
An applied research center that studies solutions for communities through work in five program areas: air quality & the natural environment; community design & architecture; healthy places; land development & regional governance; and transportation & infrastructure.
Strategic Energy Institute (www.energy.gatech.edu)
Serves as a conduit for integrating, facilitating, and enabling Institute-wide programs in energy research and development. SEI develops technologies, policies, and educational programs that have the potential for offering high-impact solutions to pressing near-term energy issues.
Urban Climate Lab (www.urbanclimate.gatech.edu)
Explores the connections between climate change and the built environment. The UCL integrates expertise in the realms of environmental science, urban design, and public health to develop strategies to manage and counteract climate change at the urban scale.
The Center for Urban Innovation (www.urbaninnovation.gatech.edu)
Supports research that thinks globally, acts locally, and encourages researchers, students, and civic leaders to find innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to shaping sustainable cities.
Westside Communities Alliance (westsidecommunities.org)
The Alliance serves as a nexus point for area communities and institutions to tackle local challenges and find points of unity. It seeks to be a model for multi-institutional engaged scholarship and service for Atlanta, as well as a resource for communities in need of partners and expertise. In addition to foundational sponsorship, Georgia Tech students and faculty are involved in specific initiatives in support of WCA.