Fall 2017 Event Series

Check out our exciting Fall 2017 Event Series, with a special focus on putting the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into action. 
This series celebrates our new Greater Atlanta United Nations University Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE).

Student Survey Open House

Tuesday, September 5th and Thursday, September 7th; 11am - 12pm; SLS Office (Clough 205)

Enrolled in an SLS Affiliated Course?  Stop by the SLS Office and complete a Beginning of Semester Student Survey, grab an Insomnia Cookie, and pick up some SLS swag!

Climate Change: Engineering's Grand Challenge/Georgia Tech's Role

Featuring GT President Emeritus, Dr. Wayne Clough

Wednesday, September 13th; 3pm - 4:30pm; Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB) 1005

Climate change has long been considered a “science problem,” and scientists are most closely associated with the issue in the mind of the public. When it comes to developing solutions, engineers have to get involved, but they are like the proverbial blind men describing an elephant – everybody understands only a small part of the problem. Because the true solutions to climate change are inherently interdisciplinary, we need engineers who are more broadly educated and able to communicate with the public.

Students – Interested in a deeper discussion with Dr. Clough about engineering’s role in Climate Action?  SLS is planning to host a breakfast session for a small group of students.  RSVP below to indicate your interest in attending and we will contact you when the plans are finalized.

Part of the SLS U.N. SDG Series: Putting the Sustainable Development Goals Into Action (SDG #13- Climate Action)

SLS Teaching Toolkit Launch: A Faculty Workshop

Tuesday, September 26th; 11am - 12pm; Clough Lounge 205

Please join us for this faculty workshop as we launch our SLS Teaching Toolkit! The Toolkit provides resources for instructors who want to integrate sustainability, service learning and community engagement into their courses. Whether you’re interested in designing an entire project around sustainability, utilizing a simple in-class activity, or learning more about the practicalities of working with off-campus partners, our toolkit has something for you! The workshop will provide a high-level overview of the toolkit, discuss five simple ways to use the toolkit in your classroom, and include interactive demonstrations on specific tools. It’s is open to everyone who teaches courses or hopes to in the future.

New Faculty Site Visit of Atlanta's Westside

Tuesday, September 26th; 4pm - 7pm; Clough Lounge 205 (reception)
(Tour will take place from 4pm - 6pm, followed by a light reception in the SLS Office from 6pm - 7pm)

Join us to explore sustainable community building on Atlanta's Westside! The bus ride will be narrated by community and non-profit storytellers, and will provide opportunities for faculty to understand the dynamics of the neighborhoods abutting Georgia Tech while exploring the importance of taking an asset- and community-based approach towards restoring Proctor Creek as a key community amenity. We will also focus on the impact of new development in the area. Serve-Learn-Sustain staff will be on hand during the tour, and we invite you to join us for a reception afterwards in the Clough Lounge for further discussion about integrating sustainable communities content and engagement into your courses and research.

(Tour will depart from the ground floor entrance of the Clough Building)

Office of International Education Study Abroad Fair

Tuesday, October 3rd; 10am - 2pm; Student Center Ballroom

Join Georgia Tech's Office of International Education at the Annual Study Abroad Fair.  Come learn about nearly 150 international education possibilities offered at Tech, including Serve-Learn- Sustain affiliated study abroad programs, and the SLS Global Student Ambassadors Program, which was launched this past summer.  The SLS Global Student Ambassadors Program provides 1 - 2 students from each of the SLS affiliated Study Abroad programs the opportunity to meet each other and learn cross-cultural perspectives on sustainable communities and share their experiences with other students, while they’re abroad through social media and when they return.

Sustainability in Cross-Cultural Perspective: Students Share Experiences from SLS' Affiliated Study Abroad Programs

Thursday, October 5; 11am - 12pm; Clough Lounge (Clough 205)

Interested in Study Abroad?  Want to connect that to your interest in creating sustainable communities?  Join students and faculty directors from SLS’ affiliated study abroad programs - in France, Germany, Spain, Eastern Europe, Ghana, Japan, and the Netherlands – as they reflect on what they learned about sustainability and community and how this can help us think in new ways about the U.S. The session will include time for audience Q&A, about the topic and about the programs themselves. Learn more about SLS’ affiliated programs here.

Emory WaterHub and the Greater Atlanta U.N. RCE: Putting the SDGs Into Action

Tuesday, October 10; 12:30pm - 4:30pm; Emory University

Emory University is home to the first decentralized ecological water reclamation system in the US: the Emory WaterHub. The WaterHub is capable of recycling over 100 million gallons annually. It is the result of a collaboration between Emory as an anchor institution and the surrounding community, which began as an effort to develop a solution to localized flooding and wastewater contamination. The WaterHub project provides an example of the types of collaboration that we hope will become even more common as Emory works with Georgia Tech, Spelman, and other stakeholders around the region to establish a new regional sustainability network affiliated with the United Nations called a Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE). This session will include a tour of the WaterHub followed by a facilitated conversation with RCE stakeholders from Georgia Tech, Emory, CARE International, Atlanta Food & Farm, and Spelman. It will conclude with small group discussions exploring the types of issues and projects particularly suited to regional networks with university participation.

Registration required for this session (free of charge): complete the RSVP form below to reserve your space. More information on location and parking will be sent a few days before the session. Interested in attending the whole conference? Email serve-learn-sustain@gatech.edu for information on special rates.

Part of the SLS U.N. SDG Series: Putting the Sustainable Development Goals Into Action (SDG #6- Clean Water and Sanitation; SDG #17- Partnerships for the Goals)

Office of Campus Sustainability Day of Service

Saturday, October 14; 9:00am - 4:00pm; Atlanta Community Food Bank

This all day service activity hosted by the Office of Campus Sustainability will entail two projects for the day. The first is a work day that will take place at a nearby community garden, hosted by the food bank and the garden staff. This will be from 9-12 with a group of 30 volunteers. The second project from 1-4 will then take place inside the ACFB center. Anybody can volunteer for either project, although we ask that you only choose one, so that more people have an opportunity to work.

Part of the SLS U.N. SDG Series: Putting the Sustainable Development Goals Into Action (SDG #2- Zero Hunger)

SLS BUZZ Course: 3-Day Skills Workshop - Universal Design for Sustainable Communities

Wednesday, October 18, 3:30pm - 6:00pm (Intro Lecture), CATEA (Center for Assistive Tech & Environmental Access, 512 Means Street)
Between Thursday, October 19 and Saturday, October 28, in teams (Field Work & Concept Design in small teams)
Sunday, October 29, 10:00am - 3:00pm (Design Studio), CATEA

Universal design is a key component of sustainable and inclusive communities, particularly among older adults in urban settings.  From housing to facilitate aging-in-place; to neighborhood infrastructure and the location of community-related activities and services to support mobility, social connectedness and healthy lifestyles; to the usability and inclusivity of community facilities; design impacts every aspect of community life. 

Universal Design for Sustainable Communities is a project-based workshop focusing on farmers’ markets as a case study of design for sustainable and inclusive communities. Applying the Principles of Universal Design, students will work in interdisciplinary teams with market managers and other staff affiliated with the Georgia Farmers’ Market Association and their partner organizations to use physical and digital modalities to create designs that facilitate inclusive experiences for seniors at 5 Atlanta farmers’ markets. The workshop will include field trips to local markets to gain understanding of user needs.

Participants who complete ALL parts of the workshop will receive a "Certificate of Completion of Georgia Tech SLS Short Course in Universal Design for Sustainable Communities."

Presented by Serve-Learn-Sustain, in collaboration with CATEA-Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access, Economics, Industrial Design, Campus Sustainability, and the Georgia Farmers Market Association.


Part of the Planting the Seeds initiative celebrating Equity, Sustainability, and the Launch of the Living Building at Georgia Tech.

Liam's Legacy Symposium: Creating, Implementing, & Measuring the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

Thursday, October 26; 4:00pm - 5:30pm (speaker), 5:30pm - 6:30pm (reception); Clary Theater, Bill Moore Student Success Center

The 7th annual Liam's Legacy Symposium features Jessica Espey, Senior Advisor to the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). In 2015, after a 4-year negotiation process, 193 United Nations member countries agreed upon a new global framework for development that included 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The “SDGs” span nearly every developmental issue facing the world, from climate change to poverty to sustainable production and consumption. They are as relevant in the United States as they are in places like Somalia. The ambition of this universal agenda is to shepherd the whole world towards a more sustainable, equitable and prosperous future, where no one is left behind. Jessica Espey, who was a lead negotiator in the SDG process, will reflect on the negotiation process and shares insights into SDG implementation in diverse locations around the world. (For more details, see bio below.) Her talk will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Bruce Stiftel, chair of the School of City and Regional Planning, and featuring GT faculty and partners from our newly forming Greater Atlanta U.N. University Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE): Danny Boston (GT International Affairs), Shatakshee Dhongde (GT Economics), Serena Newhall (CIFAL Atlanta at Kennesaw State), and Fatemeh Shafiei (Spelman Political Science).  See Jessica Espey’s full bio here.

About Liam Rattray & Liam's Legacy:

The Liam's Legacy Symposium honors the memory of Liam Rattray, an outstanding and socially-committed Georgia Tech Honors Program student who was tragically killed by a drunk driver just a few weeks after his graduation, in 2011.  We mourn his death, but we also celebrate his life in this annual event that carries his name and draws upon his legacy of engagement and activism.

Part of the SLS U.N. SDG Series: Putting the Sustainable Development Goals Into Action (SDG #17- Partnerships for the Goals)

More Opportunities to Talk with Jessica Espey


Student Conversation with Jessica Espey about Smart Cities and the SDGs
Friday, October 27: 10:10-11:00 AM, Instructional Center 115
Part of the course, ICT & Policy (INTA 4050/6753) - Open to All GT Students (Undergrads & Grads)


Graduate Student Conversation with Jessica Espey about Measuring the SDGs
Friday, October 27: Early Afternoon (Exact Time and Location TBD)
Open to All Graduate Students
Sponsored by the School of City and Regional Planning


See Jessica Espey’s full bio here.


Part of the SLS U.N. SDG Series: Putting the Sustainable Development Goals Into Action (SDG #17- Partnerships for the Goals)

Ever The Land Film Screening (Project One)

Wednesday, November 1; 6:00pm - 8:30pm; Clough 152

Ever the Land explores the sublime bond between people and their land through a landmark architectural undertaking by one of New Zealand's most passionately independent Maori tribes, Ngai Tuhoe.  The film screening will be followed by a discussion led by SLS Director, Dr. Jennifer Hirsch, and architect Juan Archila, Assistant Director of Facilities, College of Sciences.  

This film screening is part of Project One, a campus-wide project that seeks to connect first year Georgia Tech students to faculty, mentors, and organizations for a shared learning experience.  This year's Project One theme is "What is Happiness?"

“Planning as if People Eat: Creating Equitable and Healthy Communities.”
Samina Raja, Associate Professor of Urban Planning; and Director, Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab; SUNY-Buffalo

Friday, November 3; 2:00pm - 3:15pm; 222 College of Business

Sponsored by the School of City and Regional Planning (SCaRP).

Part of the SLS U.N. SDG Series: Putting the Sustainable Development Goals Into Action (SDG #2- Partnerships for the Goals; SDG #3- Good Health and Well-Being)

Climate Changes Health: Ensuring Environmental Justice Underlies Public Health's Climate Change Work

Saturday, November 4; 9:00am - 5:00pm; Spelman College

SDG event: River Rendezvous

Saturday, November 11; 9:30am - 12:30pm

Proctor Creek Water Sampling alongside Community Partners. Check back soon for more info!

Part of the SLS U.N. SDG Series: Putting the Sustainable Development Goals Into Action (SDG #6- Clean Water and Sanitation)

“Global Urbanization and the Planning Profession”  
Vanessa Watson, Professor of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics; and Deputy Dean, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment; University of Cape Town [South Africa]

December 8; 2:00pm - 3:15pm; 222 College of Business

Sponsored by the School of City and Regional Planning (SCaRP). The talk will focus on the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals: SDG #11- Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Part of the SLS U.N. SDG Series: Putting the Sustainable Development Goals Into Action (SDG #11- Sustainable Cities and Communities)