Georgia Tech Eco-Commons
Georgia Institute of Technology Eco-Commons Conceptual Plan
The goal of the Georgia Institute of Technology Eco-Commons project was to develop strategies and solutions that enhance stormwater management on campus to reduce the impact on the combined sewer outfall (CSO), increase total tree canopy, and reduce the car-centered footprint of campus.
Features of this design include enhanced bio retention areas, stream-recreation reusing collected stormwater, interconnected rain harvesting cisterns, increased tree canopy coverage, an active infiltration lawn and a network of interconnected permeable paths. These features will provide opportunities for student life activities, increased connectivity of human powered living, increased stormwater management, carbon sequestration, and opportunities for education and demonstration on the 10-acre site.
Of notable technological advances, the Eco commons will incorporate vegetative hydroponic wetlands to treat campus blackwater for the purpose of reducing potable water demands on campus and for training students on innovative sustainable wastewater strategies.