March 18, 2015 | Research News
UGA researchers create fast-growing trees that are easier to turn into fuel
Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that manipulation of a specific gene in a hardwood tree species not only makes it easier to break down the wood into fuel, but also significantly increases tree growth.
March 11, 2015 | General News
UGA awards sustainability grants to fund student projects
The University of Georgia Office of Sustainability has awarded $43,000 to fund 11 interdisciplinary student projects through its annual Campus Sustainability Grants Program. The program, funded by student green fees, provides financial and staff resources to implement student-initiated projects that further the university's sustainability goals.
January 23, 2015 | General News
UGA Parking Services expands electric vehicle charging on campus
Due to the popularity of the University of Georgia's first electric vehicle charger and recent grant funding by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, UGA Parking Services has expanded charging locations to include the South Campus and East Campus parking decks.
June 2, 2014 | Research News
New UGA research engineers microbes for the direct conversion of biomass to fuel
The promise of affordable transportation fuels from biomass—a sustainable, carbon neutral route to American energy independence—has been left perpetually on hold by the economics of the conversion process. New research from the University of Georgia has overcome this hurdle allowing the direct conversion of switchgrass to fuel.
May 8, 2014 | General News
UGA installs first public level 2 electric vehicle charger in Athens area
Automobile owners looking for a place to plug in instead of gas up now have a dedicated electric vehicle charging location on the University of Georgia campus.
February 24, 2014 | Research News
UGA study: Southern wood pellets boosting European efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions
European power plants that burn wood pellets imported from the Southern United States to generate electricity are emitting less than half the greenhouse gases than when they use traditional fossil fuels, a new University of Georgia study has found.
October 14, 2013 | Events on Campus
EcoFocus Film Festival to bring documentary ‘Pandora’s Promise’ to Athens
The EcoFocus Film Festival, an initiative of the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology, will present a special screening of the new documentary film "Pandora's Promise" on Oct. 17 at Ciné in downtown Athens, the second in a series of films presented this fall.
September 26, 2013 | Research News
Hilsman Middle School students to attend first Bioenergy Day @ UGA
More than 200 Athens seventh-graders will experience firsthand how wood and other organic materials generate energy at the first Bioenergy Day @ UGA on Oct. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the State Botanical Garden. The event is free and open to the public.
May 9, 2013 | Research News
Power plants: UGA researchers explore how to harvest electricity directly from plants
The sun provides the most abundant source of energy on the planet. However, only a tiny fraction of the solar radiation on Earth is converted into useful energy.
April 4, 2013 | Research News
UGA receives renewed funding as part of federal bioenergy research initiative
The Department of Energy announced today that it has renewed funding for three bioenergy research centers, including the BioEnergy Science Center, a partnership of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Georgia and other university and industry partners
March 26, 2013 | Research News
UGA discovery may allow scientists to make fuel from CO2 in the atmosphere
Excess carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere created by the widespread burning of fossil fuels is the major driving force of global climate change, and researchers the world over are looking for new ways to generate power that leaves a smaller carbon footprint.
February 28, 2013 | Events on Campus
2013 EcoFocus Film Festival set for March 20-24 in Athens
The Artic documentary "Chasing Ice" will officially open the 2013 EcoFocus Film Festival March 21 at Ciné. An initiative of the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology now in its sixth year, EcoFocus features top-quality full-length, short and children's films that address pressing environmental issues.
February 14, 2013 | General News
UGA leads inaugural SEC Symposium on renewable energy
Experts from all of the Southeastern Conference's 14 universities joined with representatives from industry and government in Atlanta Feb. 10-12 at the inaugural SEC Symposium, a meeting designed to forge new collaborations among universities, and to share the research and innovation of SEC institutions with the outside world.
February 6, 2013 | Research News
SEC Symposium to address role of Southeast in renewable energy
In late January, just days after a federal appeals court ruled that the 2012 EPA mandate for cellulosic biofuels was overly optimistic, the EPA issued a new renewable fuel production requirement for 2013. The new standard, 14 million gallons, almost doubles the 2012 standard of 8.7 million gallons of biofuels made from grasses and woody material.
February 5, 2013 | Research News
Newly discovered plant structure may lead to improved biofuel processing
When Li Tan approached his colleagues at the University of Georgia with some unusual data he had collected, they initially seemed convinced that his experiment had become contaminated; what he was seeing simply didn't make any sense.