FAQ and Helpline

Frequently Asked Questions

Sustainability is best defined as the compromise between the wants and needs of human life and the environmental stress caused by this connection. It incorporates various aspects of reusing, reducing, and recycling as well as budgeting and planning ahead.
We do a lot of stuff! Check out our Programs and Projects page to see some of our initiatives.
A small percentage of the sustainability fee is used to support operational costs for Sustainability Initiatives. The rest is used to fund sustainability-focused student groups as well as projects proposed by departments and chartered student groups on the downtown campus.
There are bins for glass recycling in Student Center West and Student Center East. There is also a bin located in the Sustainability Initiatives office.
Single Stream recycling (plastic #1-5, paper, aluminum, cardboard,etc.) and baled cardboard is taken to and processed at Greif (formerly known as Caraustar). Glass and plastic film are taken the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM). Batteries and e-waste are taken to Ewaste Eplanet. Printer cartridges go to Evolve, and clothing and textiles are sent to the Kidney Foundation of America. Styrofoam is processed at the GSU recycling center then sent to BlueGoblin.
Please email sustainability@gsu.edu to set up a tour.
The already existing Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference (GSURC) hosts undergrad students to display and present their scholarly work. Students can submit their project into the sustainability category, as long as the topic pertains to sustainability. In 2018, the sustainability category had more than 70 entries across seven departments.
The biggest changes you can make can happen in your dorm. Turn off your lights when they’re not needed, take shorter showers, and don’t leave the sink running while you brush your teeth. Recycle old papers and cardboard instead of throwing them away. Walk or bike to class if you are able, rather than taking the bus.
Yes! We hold various events throughout the year, from Earth Week to recycling drives, and everything in between. Follow us on social media to stay up to date with volunteer opportunities!
There are particular credits and courses required for certification. If you look under the Office of Sustainability’s website, the “Live and Learn” tab will allow you to explore potential certifications that may interest you.
These items are called e-waste, and many campus offices have bins for them. The Office of Sustainability also operates e-waste drives occasionally.
There are a few clubs including the Student Environmental Team, which handles the rooftop vegetable garden at the stadium, and the Geoscience club which hosts hiking trips and other activities as they pertain to learning about the environment (more specifically geology). For internships, it might be useful to subscribe to the server list of the Geoscience Department, as emails regarding environmental internships are often sent out.
Unfortunately, there are no recycling bins in residential areas other than level 3 of the Commons parking deck. Your access card will allow you to get into the Commons and into the parking deck if you would like to take your paper, cardboard, plastic, and aluminum recycling there.
Yes! Follow us on social media to stay in the loop with what's going on around campus. One of our most frequent events is the Sustainability Speaker Series. It provides students the opportunity to learn more about the different ways in which professionals within the field of sustainability assist in making Atlanta more sustainable. The Speaker Series is usually held within Patton Dining Hall on selected Wednesdays each month at 11:30 am. However, if there are any cancellations or changes in location, please review the Office of Sustainability’s website and note changes. These events also provide free lunch to those who attend, so if you are interested, please RSVP on the Office of Sustainability’s website.

For more information, feel free to call our Sustainability Helpline at (404)413-1721. The helpline operates as follows: M/W 1 pm-4 pm, T 9-12, Thur 9-4, and Friday 9-4.