Sleepy-eyed and excited at 4:30 a.m., I embarked on a journey alongside 10 other students for my first spring break at Tech. We were off to Oakland, CA - a major trade center and a growing area for tech companies. Thus it is no stranger to gentrification as low-income people are leaving the city at disproportionately high rates.
On February 22, the Georgia Institute of Technology Serve-Learn-Sustain Center convened the UN RCE (United Nations Regional Center for Expertise) of Greater Atlanta for the very first event of their Youth Network. The event, the Liam’s Legacy Symposium for UN Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals, featured Trisha Shetty and Rainier Mallol, the UN SDGs Young Leaders for SDGs 5 and 3, respectively. Read as Sienna Nordquist, SDG Coordinator with SDSN Youth at Emory University, reflects about the experience!
Atticus Lemahieu is a First Year student currently studying Environmental Engineering. He works as a student assistant with SLS and has taken two SLS affiliated classes. In this blog post, Atticus discusses how SLS impacted his college decision and how he arrived at Georgia Tech.
In Fall 2017, the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain launched its third SLS Fellows Program: Energy Systems for Sustainable Communities (ESSC). Matthew Realff co-directed the program with Juan Moreno-Cruz, Associate Professor of Economics in Ivan Allen College and a Fellow of the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems. It brought together 28 fellows representing all 6 colleges and various other units on campus. Fellows included faculty, research scientists, graduate students, and staff. The aim of ESSC was to re-consider the roles that communities play in the pursuit of sustainable energy systems.
Inspired by the potential of farmers markets to increase the number of sustainable communities in America, Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) partnered with the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) and the Georgia Farmers Market Association (GFMA) to hold a three-session, project-based workshop focused on farmers markets as a case study of design for sustainable and inclusive communities. Read about it in this week's blog post!
RCE Greater Atlanta was acknowledged by the United Nations University on February 1, 2018 as a new regional sustainability network. RCEs are Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development. The designation makes Atlanta one of only six Regional Centres of Expertise in the U.S. Read the press release here!