SLS is offering two Foundation classes for the Fall 2018 semester, and three Foundation classes for the Spring 2019 semester: Sustainability, Technology, and Policy (PUBP3600) (Fall 2018), Tech and Sustainable Communities (SLS 3110) (Fall 2018), Foundations of Sustainable Systems (SLS 3120) (Spring 2019), Sustainable Urban Development (CP 2233) (Spring 2019), and Business Decisions for Sustainability and Shared Value (MGT 4803) (Spring 2019).
Center for Serve Learn Sustain aims to promote climate action through collaboration with partners, exposure to events and opportunities, and distribution of educational material. The world is ever changing and as the years progress, we will find ourselves in a completely new environment. SLS wants to help answer questions surrounding climate action such as how will climate change affect marginal communities, how can climate action progress the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and many more. In this month's newsworthy section, we highlight climate action and the potential it has to make a monumental impact.
New Thinking for a New Year
Perhaps one of the most widely contested factors to propelling climate action is having knowledgeable and effective leadership. US News analyzes how a change in approach to climate leadership, one focused on equity, health, and justice, will be a major proponent to the effectiveness of climate action measures. The article highlights the contradiction of past versus present in answering what can be done to benefit our future.
A Clever New Map Shows Which Chicago Neighborhoods are Most at Risk From Pollution
Pollution exposure may not be the first thing that comes to someone's mind when they hear “inequality”. However, a map recently created by the National Resources Defense Council shows this starking pollution disparity amongst certain Chicago neighborhoods. Learn about the causes of this inequality as well as the measures being taken to catalyze action.
Report: Inequalities exacerbate climate impacts on poor
A recent UN report highlights the effect of climate change on those most vulnerable and marginalized. Amongst other factors, one of the largest proponents of this inequality and subsequent impact is the government's lack of drive “to close the development gaps that leave large population groups at risk.” Read how the failure to address this issue will affect those most at risk in the future and what policies are in development to address the root causes.
Kim Cobb: Corals, Climate, and a Changing World
One of the most obvious and transparent effects of climate change is the effect it's having on our environment. Sea levels are rising, climate events (hurricanes, wildfires, etc.) are getting not only more prevalent but more destructive, and species are dying. Georgia Tech professor and AAAS member Dr. Kim Cobb has a personal connection to the latter as much of her research and work revolves understanding El Niño and La Niña events and their relation to our past. Read and watch how climate change is affecting these natural occurrences and the what implications it has for marine life.