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  • Georgia Tech Tianjin University Shenzhen Institute Launches Research Center for Green Buildings and Sponge Cities in Shenzhen, China

    The Georgia Tech Tianjin University Shenzhen Institute has launched a new research center to study, and teach about, sustainable urban infrastructure.  The Center for Green Buildings and Sponge Cities will be located in the forthcoming Georgia Tech satellite campus that is being planned in the city of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong.  The new center, as well as the Georgia Tech Tianjin University Shenzhen Institute are elements of a partnership between the Shenzhen Institute of Science and Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Tianjin University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Professor John Crittenden, Director of Georgia Tech’s Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems, has been advocating for the establishment of the center.  He says, “Urban infrastructures are the largest systems in which humans manipulate matter and energy. Accordingly, creating more sustainable infrastructure will have a significant impact on creating a more sustainable future.  China has experienced incredibly rapid infrastructure development, and is likely to continue doing so.  It is heartening to see that China is committing to study a win-win scenario, where urban infrastructure development can create greater wealth and comfort while simultaneously reducing material and energy use.”

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Core Research Areas

Food/Water/Ecology Nexus Graphic with text overlay, "Infrastructure Ecology."
Clear, blue water being poured, with text overlay, "Provision of Clean Water."
Engineering lab scene with text overlay, "Sustainable Engineering Education."
Image of solar panels with wind generators in the background with text, "Sustainable Energy."
View of melting polar ice from high altitude with text, "Climate Change."
Hazy view of Atlanta skyline with text overlay, "Air Quality."
Electron micrograph of a nano material with text overlay, "Nanotechnology."
Diagram of how the synergy of green infrastructure elements lead to greater sustainability with text overlay, "BBISS Research Projects."

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