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!
Check out the article "Voices Rising: Translating Methods to Teach Atlanta" on Atlanta Studies written by Ruth Yow, Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain Service Learning and Partnerships Specialist, and Sarah O'Brien, Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Tech from 2014 - 2017.
This past November, more than fifty presenters from all six colleges awed the judges at the first semiannual SLS Student Showcase. The competing projects engaged with the Sustainable Development Goals and with the SLS theme of creating sustainable communities. It was a delight—and a challenge—to judge the entries. The three showcase winners embraced very different problems and approached them in diverse, creative ways - read about them here!
Last semester Ayanna Jones participated in the SLS co-sponsored event River Rendezvous where she had the opportunity to volunteer with the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance and the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper to take river samples of Proctor, Utoy, and Sandy Creek water.
Here at SLS we saw a deluge of terrific applications for our Fall Funding Call for course development on the theme of “creating sustainable communities.” We are excited to announce that we gave out 35 awards, totaling $81,800, to faculty and instructors representing all 6 colleges and 13 schools.