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.
On September 15th, six students representing four Georgia universities presented the sustainability-themed work they have undertaken as members of the ATL UNU RCE Youth Network. A United Nations University Regional Center of Expertise is a network of institutions and leaders from across higher education, business, and nonprofit sectors who work together to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals at the regional and local level. With six RCEs in the U.S. and 156 around the world, there are many benefits to supporting collaboration at home, as part of a global movement. The ATL UNU RCE will become an official member of the global RCE network in early 2018, but the students of the Youth Network are already in motion. Here they reflect on why, despite the demands of courses and work, they put time, energy, and passion into the ATL RCE.
Drake-Lee Peterson is a graduate student studying Biological Sciences and is currently enrolled in an SLS affiliated course EAS 8803 Environmental Geochemistry. In this post she reflects on the SLS co-sponsored event River Rendezvous earlier this November.
Taylor McKie is a recent graduate from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering who during her last semester at Georgia Tech participated in the Green Program in Iceland with the help of SLS. Read about her experience in this week's blog post!
This semester, SLS was pleased to sponsor several students to attend national conferences, including the Engineers Without Borders-USA national conference, the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) conference, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference. We are pleased to share the perspectives of the students who attended: Tanvi Suresh (CGIU); Eli Derrington (EWB-USA); SanmiToyobo (EWB-USA); Michelle Henriques (AAHSE); and Natalie Chu (AASHE).
With Phase I registration in progress, SLS would like to highlight three exciting affiliated courses! HTS 2803 HP: Semester in the City: Engaging Westside Communities, Instructor: Todd Michney; BIOL 2336: Ecology Lab, Instructor: Emily Weigel; CHEM 4833/8833/ChBE 4803/8803: Fundamentals and Challenges for a Sustainable Chemical Enterprise, Instructor: Elsa Reichmanis. Check out these courses, and the rest of our Spring 2018 course offerings on our Courses page.
Juan Moreno-Cruz is an Associate Professor Professor of Economics in Ivan Allen College and a Fellow of the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems. He serves as faculty co-director for SLS' Fall 2017 Energy Systems for Sustainable Communities Fellows Program, with Matthew Realff (ChBE).
This fall, SLS launched the SLS Fellows Program: Energy Systems for Sustainable Communities (ESSC), with 28 fellows representing all 6 colleges and various other units on campus, and including faculty, research scientists, graduate students, a post doc, and staff.