Project One

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Each year, incoming students at Georgia Tech participate in Project One. Project One incorporates a common reading as a component of a larger campus-wide project that seeks to connect first-year Georgia Tech students to faculty, mentors, and organizations that will help to develop each student’s academic identity. The program encourages students to express their individuality, creativity, and ambitions for the future.

As part of Project One, all incoming freshmen this year will read Edward Humes’s Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash, a book chosen by a committee of faculty in consultation with students. Garbology speaks to the goals of Georgia Tech’s newest initiative, Serve•Learn•Sustain, and asks students to consider how they can reduce waste and increase sustainability in their own lives. Throughout the year, there will be a number of exciting campus-wide events inspired by Garbology, each focusing on sustainability, innovation, and student engagement. Every first-year student will receive a copy of the book during FASET.

All first-year students are expected to participate in Project One and have read Garbology before the first day of the fall semester classes (August 17, 2015). Project One will be used in some English 1101/1102 sections, GT 1000 sections, and other first-year courses and programs. Parents, family members, and guests are also encouraged to read the book. 

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