Living Building Challenge-Equity Petal Work Group

As part of the Living Building project at Georgia Tech, Serve-Learn-Sustain is leading the Equity Petal Work Group. Equity is one of seven Living Building Challenge "petals" intended to result in regenerative design “to create spaces that, like a flower, give more than they take.” The LBC Equity Petal aims to “transform developments to foster a true, inclusive sense of community that is just and equitable regardless of an individual’s background, age, class, race, gender or sexual orientation.” The Equity Petal Work Group at Georgia Tech is focused on four areas: 1) prioritizing local hiring, 2) creating a welcoming building culture, 3) building safe physical pathways to neighboring communities, and 4) formally engaging hourly staff in our student development and education work - as part of their jobs.

For more information on the Equity Petal Work Group’s progress, read this article by Ken Edelstein from The Kendeda Fund’s Living Building Chronicle or this article by Dr. Jennifer Hirsch, SLS Director and lead for the Equity Petal Work Group.

Interested in getting involved? Contact SLS Director Jennifer Hirsch.


Other Opportunities to Engage: The Living Building offers numerous opportunities for sustainability course projects, student engagement, and research.

  • The GT Living Building Academic & Research Council, chaired by Architecture professor Michael Gamble, periodically issues calls for pilot projects. Read about the first round of pilot projects here– and feel free to contact the leads to learn more. Find more research projects and courses related to the Living Building here (search for A&F Unit: Living Building).
  • Michael Gamble is eager to meet with interested faculty and students. Contact him here.
  • The Academic & Research Council is also looking for faculty and students interested in collecting oral and visual stories about people’s interactions with this new building and its underlying concepts, including the seven petals, to be displayed in dashboards and other places. Contact Literature, Media & Communication Chair Richard Utz to discuss.