Carbon Reduction Challenge

Projects

Students participating in the Carbon Reduction Challenge have designed projects with a wide range of organizations. Explore a list of carbon reduction projects below.

Summer 2021

Partner organization

ABEC

Project description

Procure bubble wrap from a new, more sustainable vendor

Carbon reduction

11,200 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$3,700

Partner organization

Delta Air Lines

Project description

Reduce the amount of least purchased alcoholic beverages on flights

Carbon reduction

3,510,470 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$334,409

Partner organization

Delta Air Lines

Project description

Electrify Delta's baggage tractor fleet at one airport

Carbon reduction

3,747,858 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$7,000,000

Partner organization

Freeport

Project description

Establish a ridesharing program for employees

Carbon reduction

1,848,394 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$314,159

Partner organization

Georgia Tech

Project description

Install an in-house composter

Carbon reduction

6,646,000 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$110,000

Partner organization

Marsh Mclennan Agency

Project description

Update work-from-home policy to allow working from home 4 days per week; Install indoor aeroponic growing systems

Carbon reduction

10,710,000 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$11,150

Partner organization

Solvay

Project description

Update air conditioning setpoints at one facility during the summer

Carbon reduction

3,932,372 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$565,561

Spring 2021

Partner organization

ACLU

Project description

Update the ACLU's work-from-home policy to allow working from home on Fridays. Update HVAC setpoint ranges.

Carbon reduction

73,780 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$18,238

Partner organization

Food4Lives

Project description

Plant fruit and oak trees on 5 acres of land.

Carbon reduction

19,238 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$0

Partner organization

General Electric

Project description

Install light sensors in common areas of GE's data center facility

Carbon reduction

35,000 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$3,448

Partner organization

Georgia Tech

Project description

Install a composting system on campus

Carbon reduction

20,644,000 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$50,000

Partner organization

Imperial Dade

Project description

Reduce the amount of time trucks can spend idling

Carbon reduction

2,160,000 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$314,000

Summer 2020

Partner organization

Agnes Scott College

Project description

Update Agnes Scott College's work-from-home policy to allow working from home 3 days per week

Carbon reduction

2,346,408 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$228,774

Partner organization

Atlanta Green Theater Alliance

Project description

Employ local talent instead of casting talent from NYC. Two theaters share space with other groups instead of maintaining their own venue.

Carbon reduction

1,480,227 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$7,600

Partner organization

Georgia Tech Research Institute

Project description

Update GTRI's work-from-home policy to allow working from home 3 days per week

Carbon reduction

9,500,000 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$5,500,000

Partner organization

Georgia Tech Water Lab

Project description

Enable virtual access to future meetings of the Electrochemical Society so that lab members can participate remotely

Carbon reduction

661 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$7,340

Partner organization

HubSpot

Project description

Update Hubspot's work-from-home policy to allow working from home 2 days per week

Carbon reduction

1,697,559 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$0

Partner organization

Medtronic

Project description

Update Medtronic's work-from-home policy to allow working from home 2-3 days per week.

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Carbon reduction

2,700,000 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$200,000

Partner organization

Microsoft

Project description

Update Microsoft's work-from-home policy to allow working from home 5 days per week. Provide software engineers with an extension to display data center emissions and make suggestions for more efficient code.

Carbon reduction

5,167,470 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$481,269

Partner organization

Park Pride

Project description

Move in-person meetings and events into virtual formats. Update Park Pride's work-from-home policy to allow working from home 3 days per week.

Carbon reduction

22 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$4,948

Partner organization

Quinfica S.A.

Project description

Install cool roofs on all of Quinfica's warehouses to reduce energy consumption. Conduct sales meetings with clients virtually 3 days a week.

Carbon reduction

161,310 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$126,080

Partner organization

UPS

Project description

Update UPS's work-from-home policy to allow working from home 4 days per week. Add 'Most sustainable' notation to shipping options to encourage customers to choose ground shipping.

Carbon reduction

33,180,000 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$1,180,000

Spring 2020

Partner organization

Bank of America

Project description

Change the High Pressure Sodium Lights to LED Lights. Change the High Pressure Sodium Lights to LED Lights.

Carbon reduction

67,304 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$4,640

Partner organization

Catholic Relief Services

Project description

Update most common vehicle models with newer models, replace 75% of sedans with hybrid electric vehicles, and remove unused vehicles. Reduce vehicle idling during drop off by 70%.

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Carbon reduction

4,600,000 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$247,000

Partner organization

Habitat for Humanity

Project description

Join Habitat for Humanity with Georgia Tech Housing to collect gently-used furniture and sell at ReStores

Carbon reduction

120,000 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$0

Partner organization

Waffle House

Project description

Implementing a parking lot LED lighting retrofit program.

Carbon reduction

161,307 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$20,120

Summer 2019

Partner organization

Agnes Scott College

Project description

Implementing sustainable retrofits on ASC-owned, single family homes in Decatur

Carbon reduction

1,939 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$82

Partner organization

AT&T

Project description

Product life cycle extension for company laptops to minimize e-waste

Carbon reduction

789,100 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$1,733,000

Partner organization

Boeing

Project description

Develop an optimal factory lighting schedule

Carbon reduction

6,170,325 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$705,180

Partner organization

Georgia Tech

Project description

Replace fluorescent bulbs in IBB with LEDS. Use batch autoclave loads to limit the number of times the autoclave is run. Implement a pipette tip washing machine to reuse pipette tips.

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Carbon reduction

256,756 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$23,405

Partner organization

Hartsfield Jackson Airport

Project description

Divert food waste from restaurants at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport to either food donation, animal feed, or compost.

Carbon reduction

167 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$0

Partner organization

Jacobs Engineering

Project description

Changing the rental car policy to a default sustainable selection. Reducing office paper consumption through the purchase of e-tablets.

Carbon reduction

4,943,648 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$1,616,190

Partner organization

Michaud Cooley Erickson

Project description

Replace metal halide light bulbs and fixtures with LED light fixtures on the exterior of SPS Tower

Carbon reduction

62,819 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$5,495

Partner organization

SunTrust

Project description

Update HVAC setpoint ranges at all SunTrust branches by increasing 3 degrees for the cooling range and decreasing by 3 degrees for the heating range

Carbon reduction

4,438,384 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$346,723

Partner organization

SunTrust

Project description

Reduce paper usage through electronic onboarding of interns and then through reducing printing initiative for all employees. Eliminiate all paper cups in the breakroom and implement a "Bring Your Own Bottle" policy company-wide. Create an awareness initiative around SunTrust's recycling policy and create incentive program to encourage employees to recycle.

Carbon reduction

7,763,324 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$1,207,723

Partner organization

SunTrust

Project description

Dispose of SunTrust signage with the transition to Truist in an environmentally and cost-friendly way

Carbon reduction

1,240,940 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$125,000

Partner organization

SunTrust

Project description

A client facing initiative that facilitates the investments in & protection of out environment

Carbon reduction

29,000,000 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$15,000,000

Partner organization

Westlake Highschool

Project description

Implement a recycling program and work with teachers on green learning manual.

Carbon reduction

211,644 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$2,579

Spring 2019

Partner organization

CB Power Group Americas Inc.

Project description

LED Lighting in Warehouse and Secondary offices. Upgrade current HVAC system with energy efficient thermostats.

Carbon reduction

51,427 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$6,459

Partner organization

EV Chargers

Project description

Increase EV charging stations at Greater Atlanta Apt complexes

Carbon reduction

102,000 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$5,860

Partner organization

Okabashi

Project description

Circular Economy Analysis of Okabashi PVC usage in shoes

Carbon reduction

54,727 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$0

Partner organization

Sigvasis

Project description

Reduce companies sales transportation costs using high efficiency company cars.

Carbon reduction

147,419 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$304,167

Partner organization

Souper Jenny

Project description

Changing menus one day a week to all vegetarian at the Souper Jenny Buckhead Location.

Carbon reduction

17,423 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$28,971

Partner organization

University of North Georgia

Project description

Decrease energy usage by switching employees from desktops to laptops

Carbon reduction

708,300 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$74,920

Summer 2018

Partner organization

Brown Bag Marketing

Project description

Replace incandescent lightbulbs with LED lightbulbs. Give four free LED lights to employees. Run a campaign with incentives to replace additional incandescent lightbulbs with LED lightbulbs.

Carbon reduction

190,312 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$8,501

Partner organization

Chick-Fil-A

Project description

Install LED lightbulbs in 12 restaurant parking lots. Install dishwashers in 500 restaurants.

Carbon reduction

1,623,560 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$3,578,100

Partner organization

Delta Air Lines

Project description

Reduce the number and/or weight of in-flight skymall magazines to bring down total plane weight and reduce fuel consumption.

Carbon reduction

27,800,000 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$3,030,000

Partner organization

Emory

Project description

Introduce refrigerator management techniques in chemistry labs

Carbon reduction

927 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$0

Partner organization

Ethicon

Project description

Raise thermostat in building by 2 degrees (F)

Carbon reduction

32,622 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$5,029

Partner organization

Sope Creek Elementary School

Project description

[1] Replace building lighting with LED lights. [2] Improve water consumption and heating. [3] Install compost bins.

Carbon reduction

166,800 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$16,140

Partner organization

Ultimate Software

Project description

Add indoor recycling bins in break rooms

Carbon reduction

1,449,082 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$0

Spring 2018

Partner organization

Altisource

Project description

Update energy saver settings on desktop computers to enter sleep mode after one hour of inoperation to reduce phantom energy consumption.

Carbon reduction

187,000 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$273,523

Partner organization

Coca-Cola

Project description

Remove underused beverage coolers and vending machines

Carbon reduction

2,623 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$140

Partner organization

Delta Air Lines

Project description

Remove paper magazines from Delta flights in order to reduce weight and fuel consumption.

Carbon reduction

27,856,144 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$3,012,702

Partner organization

Ethicon

Project description

Increase set temperatures on lab thermostats to prevent over-cooling. Install sensors that turn lights off when rooms are not occupied.

Carbon reduction

424,927 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$11,573

Partner organization

Georgia Dept of Natural Resources

Project description

Upgrade Georgia Dept of Natural Resources vehicles with more fuel efficient or hybrid power-train models.

Carbon reduction

1,350,000 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$21,000

Partner organization

Georgia Tech

Project description

Integrate one electric bus into Georgia Tech's fleet.

Carbon reduction

98,231 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$73,400

Partner organization

Georgia Tech

Project description

Install smart power strips in student areas to reduce energy consumption during idle times

Carbon reduction

92,221 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$3,971

Partner organization

Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta

Project description

Install LED lightbulbs throughout the building.

Carbon reduction

434,311 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$65,321

Partner organization

Three Alliance Center

Project description

Replace incandescent lightbulbs with LED lightbulbs. Install a demand control ventilation system to adjust fresh air supply based on occupancy.

Carbon reduction

2,289,062 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$783,145

Summer 2017

Partner organization

Alcon

Project description

Install programmable light switch timers in office hallways

Carbon reduction

349,656 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$15,625

Partner organization

Bostik

Project description

Install sensors that turn lights off when rooms are not occupied

Carbon reduction

40,800 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$0

Partner organization

BP

Project description

Conduct a challenge where participants switch from using foam food containers in the office cafe to reusable containers.

Carbon reduction

130,000 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$17,700

Partner organization

City of Atlanta

Project description

Provide free seeds to encourage communities to plant pollinator-attracting plants

Carbon reduction

250,361 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$0

Partner organization

Delta Air Lines

Project description

Add planes to a jet engine washing program so that they run more efficiently and consume less fuel.

Carbon reduction

25,888,470 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$1,578,714

Partner organization

Georgia Tech

Project description

Conduct a challenge where participants shut the sash of fume hoods when they were not being used.

Carbon reduction

786,722 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$47,366

Partner organization

Southface

Project description

Conduct a challenge where participants give up hot water showers and retrofitted lamps.

Carbon reduction

5,505 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$492

Partner organization

SunTrust Banks

Project description

Switch from an intermediate car to an economy car as the default option in the company's rental car booking system. Equip employees with audio headsets to encourage video calls over travel. Switch from Delta Air Lines to Southwest as the default option in the company's flight reservation system.

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Carbon reduction

370,000 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$258,000

Partner organization

The Home Depot

Project description

Upgrade to water-efficient faucets and toilets in office restrooms

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Carbon reduction

237,000 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$10,560

Partner organization

Volkswagen

Project description

Replace fluorescent bulbs in an assembly plant with LED bulbs

Carbon reduction

1,015,449 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$44,553

Spring 2017

Partner organization

Delta Air Lines

Project description

Replace natural gas water boilers with solar water boilers. Boiled water is used for washing plane engine parts.

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Carbon reduction

297,968 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$14,605

Partner organization

Georgia Tech

Project description

Replace fluorescent bulbs with LED fixtures in the basement hallways of a university building.

Carbon reduction

30,884 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$1,823

Partner organization

Georgia Tech

Project description

Convert a constant air volume HVAC system to a variable air volume HVAC system.

Carbon reduction

241,445 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$9,060

Partner organization

Households

Project description

Replace incandescent lightbulbs with LED lightbulbs

Carbon reduction

125,485 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$3,889

Partner organization

Trinity Presbyterian Church

Project description

Replace single-pane windows with double-pane ENERGY STAR windows. Conduct a challenge where participants give up red meat, walk or bike to work, and give up using plastic bottles.

Carbon reduction

23,743 lbs CO2

Cost savings

$1,088