Sustainability from a business perspective encompasses environmental and social performance that collectively drives significant corporate value. Increasingly, the manner in which companies interact with communities (whether on environmental or social issues) determines the success or failure of company activities. In this course, the consulting projects frequently involve important elements of community engagement as themes and potential areas of student recommendations.
The economy and the environment are tightly linked. In this course, we explore the interconnections between economic activity and environmental stewardship, illustrate the perils of unchecked economic growth, and study possible solutions and policy interventions needed to ensure that economic development is achieved in a sustainable way.
This course encourages students to think about how they might design technologies with a focus on global development, paying special attention to the needs of underserved, under-resourced, and under-represented communities across the world.
A project-based database course offered within the college of computing. Using data from an existing serve, learn, sustain project we'll design a relational database to help analyze and query that data to help find solutions. We introduce the fundamental concepts necessary for the design and use of modern database systems in today’s large scale enterprise applications. We examine the concepts in the order that we typically encounter them in the actual database design process. We start with the problem of conceptually representing data that is to be stored in a database.
Documentaries help shed light on significant topics, and challenge their audiences to act on relevant issues of the day. The objectives of this course are to introduce students to the art of documentary filmmaking, and to explore the ways in which documentary filmmaking can serve as a catalyst for articulating social justice issues that prompt audiences to take action.
In the chemical enterprise (industry, government and academia), chemists and engineers are involved in and are responsible for the development of new products, materials and manufacturing processes. These activities include developing manufacturing processes that are environmentally friendlier, safer for workers and society, and economically more sustainable. They participate in and contribute to all segments of the supply chain, from cradle to grave (nature back to nature).
The course addresses the engineering of energy systems from a process engineering perspective and therefore requires energy equity literacy and design solution skills. Energy is one of the key drivers of social and economic development. The inequitable access of communities across the globe to energy is reflected in their relative well being. Showing how to develop designs of systems as different scales and with different technological mixes is a key sustainability enabler.
This independent study is dedicated to completing Georgia Tech’s entry to the US Department of Energy’s Race to Zero 2018 Student Design Competition. A team of students will ultimately produce a design for a net-zero ready building according to the DoE’s requirements and present this to industry experts at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado in late April 2018.