During the fall semester, SLS issued a call for student organizations interested in partnering with us for the 2016-2017 academic year, specifically seeking student organizations focused on environmental, social, or economic sustainability; social justice; and/or cultural diversity.
Serve-Learn-Sustain is proud to announce the two team winners of the 2017 Civic Innovation Award, sponsored by the Commerce Club Foundation of Atlanta. The teams and their projects are described below, in blog posts written by the students.
Thanks to all the partners and participants who made the Fall Semester launch of our year-long Environmental Justice Series a great success! The semester comprised 16 events and activities hosted by SLS together with 16 partners and drew close to 1,000 participants. A number of faculty used series’ events to enhance their courses and encouraged their students to attend by offering extra credit or tying events to course assignments.
We have an amazing line-up now for spring, with 15 more events and activities, co-sponsored with 20 partners.
This spring, SLS launches its Fellows Program, focused on Smart Cities, Connected Communities (SCCC), with 29 fellows representing all 6 colleges, GTRI, and various other units on campus, and including faculty, research scientists, graduate students, a post doc, and staff.
SLS had a fantastic response to its call for proposals to support courses, ongoing projects, or short-term activities that enhance student learning around our theme of “creating sustainable communities.” We are proud to announce that we have given out 22 awards, to the following faculty, instructors, and staff representing SLS.
Awardees will collaborate with SLS to finalize their course/activity/project plans and will submit deliverables when they conclude. We look forward to sharing some of those out with you via this blog and the website, in the summer and the fall.
As a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature who teaches English at Georgia Tech, I spend a lot of my time remarking on how different my students here are from me and from the students I have previously taught. There are, of course, the stark disciplinary divides: teaching English at Tech requires that I teach my students something about the language, methods, and traditions of the humanities, while I also try to learn—or at least to develop basic proficiency in—those of STEM fields.
With a vision of “green schools for all within this generation,” the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Center for Green Schools (www.centerforgreenschools.org) promotes healthy learning environments locally and globally. In Georgia, the High Performance Healthy Schools program supports that vision through the USGBC-GA Community (http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-georgia).
My involvement with the Serve-Learn-Sustain community at Georgia Tech led me to reflect about what these words have meant to me at various stages in my life. As a young child growing up in India, I was very fortunate to see my parents’ lived commitment to service. Empathy, respecting others, using our resources and skills to help others in need – it was a way of life. Our neighborhood was a beloved community of families from diverse backgrounds, who shared this way of living– I could not ask for a better place to grow up.