Sustainable Facilities Forum


Jennifer Kraft Leavey, Ph.D.

Principal Academic Professional, College of Sciences

Dr. Jennifer Leavey is the Integrated Science Curriculum Coordinator for the Georgia Tech College of Sciences where she has served as a faculty member in the School of Biological Sciences since 2005. She grew up in Decatur and earned her B.S. from Georgia Tech in 1995 and Ph.D. from Emory in 2001.  She is the director of the Georgia Tech Urban Honey Bee Project, an interdisciplinary educational initiative focused on recruiting and retaining students in STEM careers through the study of how urban habitats affect honey bee health.  

Cindy Jackson

Associate Director, Office of Solid Waste Management & Recycling

Cindy Jackson has led the Georgia Tech Office of Solid Waste Management & Recycling since 1997. Throughout her tenure, she has increased the scope and size of the department and expanded the amount of materials collected. She has been instrumental in starting Game Day Recycling, GT Earth Day and the AWARE program. Most notably, she has managed a point-source separated program with continued success and low contamination in a world ruled by single stream. She has garnered state, regional, and national awards for her programs and waste minimization efforts.

Jason Gregory

Sr. Educational Facilities Planner 

Jason Gregory is a registered landscape architect and the Sr. Educational Facilities Planner in Georgia Tech's Capital Planning and Space Management Department. His responsibilities include a wide variety of projects across Georgia Tech’s campus. Jason has been a pivotal planner in assuring Georgia Tech’s holistic approach to water management and the tree canopy on campus.

Jerry Young

Landscape Project Manager

Jerry Young is the primary project manager for all large landscape projects for Georgia Tech Facilities Management. Young is leading a design study of a landscape waste site. He also serves on numerous committees that help guide the campus to a greener, healthier outdoor environment, including the Landscape Work Group, the Facilities Sustainability Committee, Tech Beautification Day Committee and the Tree Campus USA initiative.

Breakout Sessions

Kendeda Building Tours

Marlon Ellis, Area 6 Maintenance Manager
Shan Arora, Director Kendeda Building

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Join us as we explore the inner workings of the Living Building Challenge requirements. The tour will highlight mechanical components including HVAC systems, the electrical room, the water treatment skid, and the composting toilet system. As well as, daily operations, recycled & reused materials, and the hidden narratives in the building. 

Green Labs

Ryan Lisk, Laboratory and Chemical Safety Officer

Georgia Tech EHS and the Office of Sustainability can join with peers in developing “Green Labs” programs that reduce operating costs in lab buildings, educate and engage building occupants to contribute to campus sustainability goals, and embed sustainability values into the everyday practices of the Institute.  These programs include energy reduction efforts, recycling, and reuse or repurposing of lab equipment and materials.

Energy Savings Initiatives

Greg Spiro, Senior Mechanical Engineer

Georgia Tech has utilized Guaranteed Energy Savings Performance Contracting to save millions of dollars in energy and operating costs.  Join this breakout session to learn more about this form of contracting and other energy savings initiatives on campus. Also learn what makes the Kendeda building’s energy systems some of the most efficient and unique in the Southeast.

Living Learning Labs: A Campus Discovery

Jessica Rose, Associate Director Analytics & Communication

The best partnerships are symbiotic. Hear from three campus labs how a partnership with Facilities Management has furthered their research in unique ways. Conversely, we will explore what Facilities has learned and could learn in the future by deepening and expanding these relationships. Join the discussion!