Courses & Projects

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Core Courses - Spring 2016

Sustainable Community & Systems: Professors Barke, Cobb, Realff and Toktay. This course has a GT designation so students in any major can count it towards free electives, and it is additionally cross-listed with Public Policy, Management and Earth & Atmospheric Sciences. You can register for any one of GT 2803 HP1, or GT 4803 HP1, or PUBP HP1, or MGT A or EAS HP1 and you’ll be in the same class!

We will explore sustainability from a systems perspective, including physical/resource balances, ecological/carbon cycle processes, economic/financial practices, political/policy processes and public participation as they relate to communities in Atlanta and around the world. Case studies (in forestry, fracking, climate and fisheries) and exercises will demonstrate how these systems interact. We will start with sustainability and connect to community.

We focus on concepts and methods for meaningful action, whether you aspire to be director of R&D at Georgia Power; an engineer with the City of Savannah's Department of Public Works; environmental and business advisor to the leading GOP candidate for governor of Georgia in 2019; sustainability chief for the city of Atlanta, tasked by the mayor with mobilizing efforts in non-affluent communities; or part of a strategic planning team at a major US auto manufacturer, a major pulp and paper company, or a leading natural gas producer.

Sustainable Community Principles: Professors Zegura, Disalvo, Khan, Li, Matisoff. This course has a GT designation so students in any major can count it towards free electives, and it is additionally cross listed with CS, ARCH and PUBP. You can register for any one of GT 2803 HP2, or PUBP HP2 or ARCH 2803 or GT 4803 HP2 or CS 4803 HP2 and you’ll be in the same class!

We will explore community connections to sustainability, focusing on methods for working with community partners such as asset mapping, participatory design, and ethnography—around issues including water and fracking. We will use Proctor Creek in Westside Atlanta as a local case study and connect local issues to global considerations. Instructors come from computer science, interactive computing, architecture, mechanical engineering, and public policy. The 4803 versions of the class will contain assignments specialized to the discipline, such as developing environmental monitoring technologies or producing a feasibility analysis for Proctor Creek remediation. We welcome students from all majors.


Affiliated Courses/Projects - Spring 2016

Courses

BC8903 - Special Problems - Serve-Learn-Sustain Design Build Studio
Daniel Castro, Professor and Chair
School of Building Construction
(Public Service Pathway Spring 2016 Awardee)

COA4803/8803 – Sustainability and Innovation by Design at Georgia Tech: The Kendeda Living Building
Michael Gamble, Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor
College of Architecture

CEE4699 - Sustainable Aquaponic Systems: The Food, Energy, Water Nexus
Steven Van Ginkel, Research Associate II
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
(Public Service Pathway Spring 2016 Awardee)

CEE4803B - Construction Management and Megaprojects
Baabak Ashuri, Associate Professor
School of Building Construction/School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
(Public Service Pathway Spring 2016 Awardee)

ECE2811/3811/3812/4811 - Engineering for Social Innovation Vertically Integrated Project (VIP)
Joyelle Harris, Director, Engineering for Social Innovation Center
Electrical and Computer Engineering
(Public Service Pathway Spring 2016 Awardee)

ECE2811/3811/3812/4811/4812-VV7 - Solar Decathlon VIP
Matthew Realff, Professor
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Cassandra Telenko, Assistant Professor
School of Mechanical Engineering
School of Industrial Design

ENG1102, Section H, Writing and Communication Program - English Composition II:  Ecomedia: Screening Sustainability”
Sarah O’Brien, Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Literature, Media and Communication
(Public Service Pathway Spring 2016 Awardee)

HTS2803 HPC - Semester in the City: Engaging Westside Communities
Todd Michney, Visiting Assistant Professor
School of History and Sociology
(Public Service Pathway Spring 2016 Awardee)

LMC3414 TD - Technologies of Representation
Lauren Klein, Professor
School of Literature, Media and Communication
(Public Service Pathway Spring 2016 Awardee)

LMC6650/4699 - Community Historians + Westside Speaks
Christopher LeDantec, Assistant Professor
School of Literature, Media and Communication
(Public Service Pathway Spring 2016 Awardee)

ME8813-TEL, ID8900-SSD - Sustainable Systems Design
Cassandra Telenko, Assistant Professor
School of Mechanical Engineering
School of Industrial Design

SPAN4150 - Spanish Service Learning
Juan Carlos Rodriguez, Associate Professor of Spanish
School of Modern Languages
(Public Service Pathway Spring 2016 Awardee)

Special Topics 27779 – MGT4803-J – Sustainable Business Projects
Jay Cranman, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships
Points of Light

Special Topics 27782 – MGT4803-I – Innovation Tournaments for Sustainability
Colin Ake, Principal
Georgia Tech's VentureLab

Projects

Design of mHealth Tools for HIV Outreach Workers in Gujarat (India)
Neha Kumar, Assistant Professor
School of International Affairs
School of Interactive Computing
(Public Service Pathway Spring 2016 Awardee)‚Äč

Engineers for a Sustainable World Waste-Derived Nutrient System
Nicole Kennard, 3rd Year, Materials Science and Engineering
Engineers for a Sustainable World
(Public Service Pathway Spring 2016 Awardee)

Excel Collaborative Community Garden
Marnie Williams, Academic Coordinator
Excel
(Public Service Pathway Spring 2016 Awardee)

Georgia Tech Waste Audit
Anne Rogers, Program and Portfolio Manager
Office of Campus Sustainability
(Public Service Pathway Spring 2016 Awardee)
For more about the Waste Audit and other Living Lab opportunities, visit s1.facilities.gatech.edu/living-laboratory


Helping our students make a difference…

Background
The Public Service Pathway is an initiative of Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS), Georgia Tech’s new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) infusing sustainable communities education into students’ learning experiences across campus. SLS is developing academic courses and experiences that combine community engagement with sustainability. Serve-Learn-Sustain will prepare students to contribute their disciplinary expertise to efforts aimed at creating sustainable communities where people and nature thrive, now and in the future, in Georgia, the United States, and around the globe.

Public Service Pathway
The Public Service Pathway will increase students’ capacity to participate in sustainable community engagement efforts by focusing on civic innovation, design, and facilitative leadership. Public Service Pathway courses and projects will help students connect academic knowledge and skills to community challenges related to sustainability. The key methods for student education in SLS are community engagement and service learning, where students interact with community partners through on- and off-campus experiences. Deeper learning experiences will engage students in working collaboratively with partners to contribute to long-term efforts for sustainable community-building.

Through a generous grant from the Commerce Club Foundation of Atlanta, the Public Service Pathway awarded grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 to support the development of learning experiences for students through Spring 2016 courses or projects.