Save the Date

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Clough Lounge (Clough 205)

A Teaching Toolkit Workshop: Open House - Come Explore Our Tools!

Please join us for an informal gathering to discuss and explore the SLS Teaching Toolkit. The Teaching Toolkit provides a wealth of resources for instructors and students across disciplines who are interested in sustainability and/or service learning and engagement. Interested in the toolkit but not sure how to use it? Curious what tools might best suit your course? Wondering if you could work with SLS to contribute a new tool? Then this open house is for you. Come enjoy refreshments, talk with experts, and learn how the toolkit can improve your classroom. ​


Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Clary Theater, Bill Moore Student Success Center

Liam's Legacy Symposium: U.N. Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals - featuring Trisha Shetty, Founder and CEO, She Says and Rainier Mallol, Co-Founder and President, AIME

Join SLS and the RCE Youth Network to welcome two of the United Nations Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals, to Georgia Tech's campus, as they discuss their year working with the Office of the UN Secretary General's Envoy on Youth on efforts to engage young people in the realization of the Goals.  From India, Trisha Shetty's focuses her work on the Sustainable Development Goals related to Gender Equity.  Rainier Mallol, from the Dominican Republic, focuses his work on using big data to predict disease outbreaks. 

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH TRISHA AND/OR RAINIER: Trisha and Rainier are also available to visit classes or meet with individuals or groups to discuss their work in more depth, this same day, Thurs. Feb. 22nd between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM, and the following day, Fri.. Feb. 23rd, between 9:00 and 10:30 AM and 12:00 and 3:00 PM. If you would like to request a meeting, please email details to SLS Director Jennifer Hirsch

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.

Co-sponsored by the School of History and Sociology


Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Location: Emory University, Goizueta School of Business

Emory Sustainability Case Competition (REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 31ST)

(REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 31ST)

The Emory Sustainability Case Competition is a unique multi-disciplinary case competition that brings dedicated and inquisitive students together to solve some of sustainability's most thought provoking issues.  Assigned teams will have one week to design an innovative solution to a real-world sustainability issue.  On the competition date, teams will present their solution to an expert panel of judges.  

All students' resumes are provided to the judges and sponsors.  In addition, all students are extended an invitation to the end of competition networking event, where they will be provided the chance to discuss relevant sustainability issues with the judges and sponsors.  Click the link below for more detailed information and to register.


Monday, February 26, 2018 - 5:00pm

Application Deadline: Global Media Festival Small Grants

Global Media Festival: Sustainability Across Languages and Cultures

Germany, March 28 - 30; China, April 1 - 2; France, April 2 - 4; Spain, April 11 - 12

SLS is excited to co-sponsor the 2nd year of the Global Sustainability Media Festival.  Join us as we present documentaries from across the globe, followed by panel discussions with the filmmakers and scholars to discuss sustainability issues around the world.  Come learn more about the role of the media in shaping ideas and debates associated with sustainability and global challenges.  Check the weekly SLS Newsletter for film titles, topics, dates, times and locations!

The Global Media Festival: Sustainability Across Languages and Cultures, in partnership with Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) and the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business, is offering mini grants to Georgia Tech faculty interested in developing teaching tools or community events related to sustainability/sustainable communities and media.  DEADLINE: February 26th, 5pm.


Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: Clough Lounge (Clough 205)

What Does Sustainability Have to Do with Happiness?

A lot, it turns out! Come hear Dr. Scott Cloutier share his work developing the Sustainability through Happiness Framework and Sustainable Neighborhoods for Happiness™ (SNfH) project. He, his students, and team use a participatory, neighborhood-based research and development process in close collaboration with community partners. Join us afterwards for a light reception.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH SCOTT: Scott is also available to visit classes or meet with individuals or groups to discuss his work in more depth, this same day, Wed. Feb. 28, between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM, and the following day, Thurs. March 1, between 9:00 and 10:30 AM and 12:00 and 3:00 PM. If you would like to request a meeting, please email details to SLS Director Jennifer Hirsch
 
Scott Cloutier is an Assistant Professor and Senior Sustainability Scholar in the Arizona State University School of Sustainability. He received his Ph.D. in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University and his Masters in Civil Engineering from University of New Hampshire.   Read his full bio here.  Click here and here to read two of his articles.
 
 
Co-sponsored by Project One.
 
 

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 11:00am to 11:45am

Location: Clough Lounge (Clough 205)

Project One Workshop: What Do Happiness & Sustainability Mean to You?

What is the connection between happiness and sustainability—and how can we apply this connection to the Georgia Tech community? Students are invited to join us for a workshop (and lunch!) hosted by Dr. Scott Cloutier as we consider what happiness and sustainability mean for Georgia Tech, and how students can create a happier, more sustainable Tech community. The workshop is part of this year’s Project One, which is asking students to consider “What is Happiness?” We’ll discuss how happiness and sustainability are intertwined, how students might explore happiness through sustainability in their own lives, and what the happiness-sustainability connection means for Georgia Tech. 

 

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 5:00pm

SLS BUZZ Course: Stream Monitoring and Citizen Science - APPLICATION DEADLINE

Kick Off: Healthy Ecosystems and Healthy Communities Workshop, Saturday, March 10th, 10:00am - 1:00pm (Lunch at 12:30pm), Grove Park Recreation Center (750 Francis Place, NW, Atlanta, 30318)
 
On Site Workshop Options (Proctor Creek) (You will only need to choose ONE of these):
Tuesday, March 13th, 12:30pm - 2:30pm, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Thursday, March 15th, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Tuesday, March 27th, 12:30pm - 2:30pm, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Thursday, March 29th, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
 
Closing Session Share-out: Saturday, March 31st, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Bill Moore Student Success Center, Press Room B

Healthy ecosystems are directly linked to the health of the people in them. In this Buzz Course, a skill-building, experiential workshop series open to students, community members, faculty, and staff, we will examine the health of the Proctor Creek Watershed.  Guided by government officials from West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, US Fish and Wildlife (USFW), and Chatahoochee Riverkeeper, participants will learn to: identify the hallmarks of a healthy stream and engage with watershed history; be trained in using nationally-standardized tools and techniques for monitoring water quality and ecosystem health; collect data as a part of a national, long-term stream monitoring project; and share their findings through the presentation and development of materials which can be used after the course by the partners

The workshop will include field trips to local stream sampling sites, where participants may choose to dive-deep into data, or don waders and grab nets to directly take part in the sampling. Participants requiring physical accommodations on-site are welcome; please just let us know the nature of the adjustment we can provide.

Participants who complete ALL parts of the workshop will receive a "Certificate of Completion of Georgia Tech SLS Citizen Science Short Course in Stream Monitoring."

Presented by Serve-Learn-Sustain, in collaboration with West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and Chatahoochee Riverkeeper.

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

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

 

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Clough Lounge (Clough 205)

Building a Sustainable Georgia Tech

SLS partners with Administration and Finance to provide opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and courses to engage in building a sustainable Georgia Tech. This panel discussion will share case studies of course-based "living laboratory" projects and highlight exciting ways to put learning into practice moving forward. 

Read more on our Sustainable Campus page.

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Klaus Advanced Computing Building, Room 1116W

Engineering, Business, and the SDGs

The private sector, including major engineering firms such as Bechtel, is increasingly aligning activities and programs with the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Please join Tam Nguyen (Global Head of Sustainability at Bechtel) who will lead a discussion on the growing significance of the SDGs in engineering and business.

 

Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

SLS BUZZ Course: Stream Monitoring and Citizen Science- Kick Off: Healthy Ecosystems and Healthy Communities Workshop

On Site Workshop Options (Proctor Creek and Tanyard Creek): Tuesday, March 13th, 12pm - 6pm; Thursday, March 15th, 12pm - 3pm; Tuesday, March 27th, 12pm - 6pm; Thursday, March 29th, 12pm - 3pm
Closing Session Share-out: Saturday, March 31st, Time and Location TBD

Healthy ecosystems are directly linked to the health of the people in them. In this Buzz Course, a skill-building, experiential workshop series open to students, community members, faculty, and staff, we will examine the health of the Proctor Creek Watershed.  Guided by government officials from US Fish and Wildlife (USFW) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), participants will learn to: identify the hallmarks of a healthy stream and engage with watershed history; be trained in using nationally-standardized tools and techniques for monitoring water quality and ecosystem health; collect data as a part of a national, long-term stream monitoring project; and share their findings through the presentation and development of materials which can be used after the course. The workshop will include field trips to local stream sampling sites, where participants may choose to dive-deep into data, or don waders and grab nets to directly take part in the sampling. Participants requiring physical accommodations on-site are welcome; please just let us know the nature of the adjustment we can provide.  Participants who complete ALL parts of the workshop will receive a "Certificate of Completion of Georgia Tech SLS Citizen Science Short Course in Stream Monitoring."

Registration required - more information coming soon!


Monday, March 12, 2018 - 8:00am to Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 4:00pm

Greenprints Conference 2018

Join SLS and Georgia Tech partner, Southface, for their annual Greenprints Conference. Individuals and organizations throughout the Southeast will gather to grow their networks and discuss innovative sustainability initiatives that shape a more equitable and prosperous world.  On the final morning of the conference, join us for the Greenprints Design Sprint (9am - 1pm), with a focus on the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and our newly formed regional sustainability network, the Greater ATL RCE.  The SDGs give Atlanta great tools and resources to tackle some of our area’s greatest opportunities. We’ll use those resources for our design sprint, which is designed to provide stakeholders with collaborative opportunities to challenge current thinking and develop solutions to advance our quality of life. During the Greenprints Design Sprint, you'll build on learning from day one and explore how you might approach solutions, collaboratively through our new network.

SLS will provide a limited number of scholarships/sponsorships for select attendees.  Please contact us at serve-learn-sustain@gatech.edu for more information.


Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB)

Community Open House: Equity and the Living Building at Georgia Tech

How can a building advance equity and social justice? Join us for an open house featuring equity-related pilot projects for GT's new Living Building. Activities will include AR/VR building tours and presentations by our Living Building Equity Champions. 

Read more about our Equity work here.  Read about the pilot projects here.  

 

Co-sponsored by Institute Diversity 

 


 


Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 8:00am to 6:00pm

The Aglanta Conference

SLS encourages you to attend the 2018 Aglanta Conference, hosted by our partner, the City of Atlanta's Office of Resilience.  The Aglanta Conference showcases urban and controlled environment agriculture (CEA) innovation, fosters community engagement, and generates economic development.  The this year's theme "Smart Ag for Smart Cities," the conference will feature workshops and panels covering a range of Smart City topics, each with a particular focus on the multiple roles Smart Agriculture will play in making cities more efficient, resilient, and sustainable. 

SLS will provide a limited number of scholarships/sponsorships for select attendees.  Please contact us at serve-learn-sustain@gatech.edu for more information.


Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Clough Lounge (Clough 205)

A Teaching Toolkit Workshop: Case Studies - What Is A Sustainable Community?

Ever wondered what sustainable communities are, or how to teach your students about them? One of the most effective ways to think about sustainable communities in action is through case studies. The SLS teaching toolkit is steadily growing its case studies library, wherein you’ll find a number of resources about local and national sustainable communities. Please join this workshop to discuss existing case studies, learn our ideas for more, and make your own recommendations.  ​


Monday, April 9, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Course Design Off-Campus Studio Session (Part of SLS' April Course Design Extravaganza!)

Studio Sessions will give faculty and students a glimpse into some of our most exciting community engaged courses and initiatives. 

 

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Clough Lounge (Clough 205)

FACULTY RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT: Infrastructure, Equity, and Sustainable Development

Adjo Amekudzi-Kennedy (Civil and Environmental Engineering) and Brian Woodall (International Affairs) will share preliminary findings from their joint research on institutional arrangements, transportation systems and associated socioeconomic conditions in the U.S., Japan and Denmark, highlighting the enablers and obstacles to the development of regional prosperity.


Friday, April 13, 2018 - 12:20pm to 1:10pm

Location: Bunger-Henry, Room 380

Doing Business in Rwanda - featuring Economic Researcher and Entrepreneur Nikkan Coleman

Nikken Coleman will describe his experience establishing a new water and sanitation business venture in Rwanda. The venture, which imports equipment from a variety of locations, is designed to address Rwanda’s growing plumbing supplies demand.

Co-sponsored by the Global Development Program

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

SLS Spring Student Showcase

The SLS Student Showcase will feature projects that engage:

We seek a diversity of projects (posters, videos, prototypes, etc.), and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded in the form of gift cards.  


Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Course Design On-Campus Studio Session (Part of SLS' April Course Design Extravaganza!)

Studio Sessions will give faculty and students a glimpse into some of our most exciting community engaged courses and initiatives. ​


Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Kennesaw State University

KSU Community Impact Challenge

Using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, student teams will present projects designed to make a recommendation around mitigating a critical social issue in the State of Georgia, as identified and researched by the student team over the course of the spring semester.  Student teams interested in applying for the competition should register by January 31st here. ​


Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:30pm

Location: Clough Lounge (Clough 205)

Faculty Showcase and Partner Meet 'N Greet (Part of SLS' April Course Design Extravaganza!)

The Faculty Showcase will feature affiliated faculty and their courses from across all six colleges and will give attendees the chance to get course development inspiration and guidance.  The Partner Meet 'n Greet will immediately follow and will offer attendees an opportunity to network and brainstorm for Fall 2018. 


Monday, April 30, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Course Design Month Closing Coffee Hour (Part of SLS' April Course Design Extravaganza!)

Faculty attending the Closing Coffee Hour will share course development plans and partner collaboration strategies they've drawn from course development month activities. ​