Browse by topic, keyword, or disciplinary interests, for example, or simply feel free to explore the options below. We also invite you to contribute by adding your own tools that you’ve successfully tried in your classrooms.
Five Ways to Use This Toolkit
Above you'll find a concise summary of how to utilize this Toolkit best. Be sure to think about your goals, and understand that it is more than okay to utilize our Toolkit in more than one way!
Responsible and Sustainable Creativity: Working with the Georgia Tech Invention Studio
This tool is developed from ideas used by Yelena Rivera-Vale and Kristina Chatfield in their GT 1000 courses.
The SOLO (Structure of Observed Learning Outcomes) Taxonomy Rubric is a rubric designed by Serve-Learn-Sustain to assess Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) developed to assess sustainability knowledge.
This Concept Maps tool introduces and provides an overview of concept maps, which can be used to assess student knowledge in a specific module or assignment. Concept maps are a useful tool for assessing student knowledge over the course of a project, module, or course.
Community Engagement Reflection
The Community Engagement Reflection Activity is a series of reflective activities that instructors can use to measure changes in student knowledge before, during, and after a community engagement experience.
Asset Based Community Development
The Parkway Community ABCD Exercise invites students to engage in an exercise to explore what it means to take an asset-based approach to community development (“an ABCD” approach), versus a “needs” or “deficit” approach.
Getting to Know our Georgia Tech
This journaling tool, based on a lesson created by Yelena Rivera-Vale and Kristina Chatfield, introduces first year students to Georgia Tech’s efforts to create a sustainable campus community.
Environmental Justice Resources
This tool provides a series of definitions, videos, and other resources for faculty and students who wish to learn more about Environmental Justice. This is an evolving resource, so please feel free to make recommendations!
Sustainability at Georgia Tech
This poster design tool is developed from ideas used by Yelena Rivera-Vale and Kristina Chatfield in their GT 1000 courses.
The Assorted Rubrics Tool provides a series of rubrics that assess Written Assignments, Group/Team Presentations, and Technical Reports. Instructors can also use these rubrics to assess appropriate Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), relevant to their partnership with Serve-Learn-Sustain.
This tool is designed to introduce instructors to a variety of rubrics. Rubrics are designed to assess student work. However, there are many types of rubrics, each of which is useful for different assignments and goals of assessment.
The Smart City Kit is a set of hands-on materials that supports collaborative scenario building activities. These activities can foster a greater understanding of smart-cities as socio-technical systems.
This activity adapted from D.M. Stringer and P.A. Cassidy’s 52 Activities for Improving Cross-Cultural Communication, introduces students to three primary patterns of communication pacing.
This is a collection of assignments about public transportation in Atlanta.
This is a collection of assignments around the problem of rodent infestation in cities, which has become a pressing problem following the mild winters in 2015-16.
Urban Farming & Community Gardens
Starting a community garden in an abandoned vacant lot is a good way to address blight in a neighborhood. This project builds on the dataset of Westside Atlanta property surveys and walks the students through the process of starting a community garden to selling its produce on farmers markets.
The University Barbershop: A Case Study (GT Business)
The University Barbershop stands at the corner of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and James P Brawley Drive in Atlanta, GA. Established in 1956, it is one of the oldest barbershops in America.
Create Your Own Case Study
Serve-Learn-Sustain case studies are designed to provide real-world examples of sustainable community-building for instructors. Case studies features in our Teaching Toolkit are of two types.
Business Case Studies
The annotated case studies included in this tool are well-suited to business courses across the Scheller College of Business. Review the options available for your class, and don’t hesitate to recommend a new case study to SLS!
Design Case Studies
The annotated case studies included in this tool are well-suited to Design courses across the College of Design. Review the options available for your class, and don’t hesitate to recommend a new case study to SLS!
Engineering Case Studies
The annotated case studies included in this tool are well-suited to business courses across the College of Engineering. Review the options available for your class, and don’t hesitate to recommend a new case study to SLS!
Multidisciplinary Case Studies
The annotated case studies above are well-suited to courses across Georgia Tech that hope to engage their students in sustainability. Review the options available for your class, and don’t hesitate to recommend a new case study to SLS!
SLS Case Study: Atlanta BeltLine
The Atlanta BeltLine is one of the most important urban renewal projects of the 21st century. In this case study, read about the ambitions, successes, and struggles of this project, now in its 12th year.
ReGenesis Case Study: Creating a Sustainable Community through Collaborative Problem-Solving
This tool uses the ReGenesis case study from Spartanburg, South Carolina, to explore what it means to "create sustainable communities" through broad stakeholder engagement.
Society, Equity, and Sustainability
SLS approaches sustainability as an integrated system, linking environment, economy, and society.