Highlighting the good works of GSU in Georgia and in the community

By William Inman


The Sustainable Energy Tribe dig in at the Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture community garden in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood

The Sustainable Energy Tribe (SET) at GSU works to promote the greater use of clean, renewable energy on campus and in the surrounding community. Since 2006, the organization has spearheaded recycling initiatives, volunteered in nearby community gardens, led Earth Week festivities and donated resources to local Atlanta shelters, among other projects. Their environmental efforts garnered the attention of Porsche Cars North America and resulted in a donation to further their efforts, said Michael Black, a lecturer in the Neuroscience Institute and SET advisor.

On campus, SET has begun working with the Commons Dining Hall, Piedmont North Dining Hall and GSU’s new recycling specialist, Tracy Hambrick, to help reduce waste and aid in recycling and composting efforts.

Black added that SET works in the community to weatherize low-income homes in collaboration with Southeast Energy Assistance and GSU’s Office of Civic Engagement.

“We’re doing everything from caulking to weather stripping to adding insulation in the attics,” he said.

Al Jones, SET president and a junior nursing major, said the group’s main objective is to educate fellow students about environmentally friendly practices.

“If more students were educated about how sustainable practices are better financially and environmentally long-term, more minds would start to change,” Jones said.

For more information on GSU’s green initiatives, visit http://gogreen.gsu.edu.