The overarching EcoCommons Project envisions 80 acres of green space across campus that follow what were the original naturally occurring stream paths of this region before being urbanized. These green spaces are being designed and engineered as part of the 2004 landscape master plan to reduce storm water runoff by 50%.
Why was this portion of the EcoCommons created?
The area of the EcoCommons located at the corner of Ferst Drive and Hemphill Avenue is eight acres of green space that aims to mimic a traditional piedmont woodland. This section of the EcoCommons consists of three living landscape areas to meet the goals of Learn, Engage and Reflect. Georgia Tech is practicing thoughtful stewardship of the land by joining it with smart infrastructure. We are embedding a variety of sensors into the space to support ecological education and research. This initiative supports Georgia Tech’s commitment to fostering sustainability initiatives into the 21st century.
The rest of this web-page is dedicated to the "Learn" portion of the program.
What information/data are we tracking with sensors?
The sensors installed throughout the EcoCommons area will measure Air Temperature and Humidity; Soil Moister; Water Depth and Pressure; Wind Speed & Direction; Gust Speed and Barometric Pressure; Rain amounts; Leaf Wetness; and Outdoor CO2
Who can access the data?
Members of the GT campus community who have a GTID can access the data interface after completing two-factor authentication.
How were the data metrics selected?
A project planning committee invited over 25 individuals from Georgia Institute of Technology’s research and academic communities to participate in a Stakeholders Focus Group. Through online surveys, personal interviews and discussions, the committee selected the top results that were feasible within the scope of the project.