Events and Workshops

Upcoming SLS Events

Upcoming Partner Events

EQUINOX Symposium

Wednesday, March 20th, 10:00am - 3:00pm (Kennesaw State University, Design II Building, Auditorium)

Join us for the 3rd Annual EQUINOX Symposium focused on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  The symposium is open to the KSU community, and beyond to catalyze local and global collaboration among institutions of higher education, professionals, policy makers, community members, and advocates.  For the schedule, the list of speakers, and further details, please visit the EQUINOX site.

Monday, March 25th, 8:00am - 5:00pm (Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave, NE, Atlanta, 30309)

The great urban activist Jane Jacobs said that for a park to be successful, it must "be where life swirls"- it must be the conduit for cultural and artistic expression for individuals and communities, a catalyst for healthy living, and accessible and designed for all. Come join local and national experts, including keynote speakers Mitchell Silver, Commissioner of New York City Dept. of Parks and Rec, Dr. Nooshin Razani, Director of the Center for Nature + Health, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, and Gil Penalosa, Founder and Chair of 8 80 Cities and Chair of World Urban Parks, as we explore and discuss strategies for making parks the heart of vibrant and thriving communities!  Continue to refer to the  Parks & Greenspace Conference page and join the conference event on Facebook for the most up-to-date information and program details. 

This conference is presented by Park Pride.  SLS will sponsor a limited number of students to attend.  Please email us for more information.

Thursday, March 28th, 3:00pm - 5:30pm (Clary Theater)

After two successful years bringing international media artists to discuss their work at Georgia Tech, The Global Media Fest: Sustainability Across Languages and Cultures takes a further step by showcasing the creation of community-based media infrastructures that operate with alternative sources of energy. Our signature event for this year is Solar Cinema in Puerto Rico: A Conversation with Dr. Arturo Massol, professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, and director of Casa Pueblo, in Adjuntas Puerto Rico, who will be speaking about the creation of a Solar power cinema after Hurricane María. Come join Dr. Arturo Massol for a conversation hosted by Dr. Juan Carlos Rodríguez, from the School of Modern Languages, and stay for a reception afterwards.

Thursday, March 28th - Saturday March 30th (Atlanta Metropolitan State College)

The Academy is an intensive, leadership development program designed to give participants the skills to successfully identify environmental challenges and achieve sustainable, community environmental improvement goals. Everyone is welcome to apply - community advocates, college students/faculty/staff, government officials and any other group or person motivated to acquire interpersonal skills and community organizational tools to identify environmental challenges and achieve sustainable, environmental improvement goals.

This fourth class of the EJ Academy is a three-day, on-site training (March 28 – 30, 2019) followed by homework assignments and online sessions to be completed within one month. After completing the Academy, participants will attend a capstone event on May 10, 2019, where they will present a project which draws upon tools/skills learned through the Academy. March sessions will be held at AMSC’s Easley Pavilion, 1630 Metropolitan Parkway, S.W. Atlanta, GA 30310. 

The Environmental Justice Academy’s co-sponsors are Atlanta Metropolitan State College, the Center for Sustainable Communities, RCE Greater Atlanta and the US Environmental Protection Agency Region 4. 

Registration fee is $250. SLS will cover registration fees for any GT student, faculty, or staff member who wishes to participate – in exchange for a blog post about the experience for our Reflections blog. Interested? Contact SLS.

Friday, March 29th, 8:00am - 4:00pm

Are you interested in Smart Communities? Would you like to see how your city/county/community/organization can get involved?  Join us for the Georgia Smart Community Growth Workshop on Friday, March 29, 2019.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together key stakeholders from local governments, government associations, industry, and academic leaders to explore potential smart community initiatives, opportunities, and collaboration. Panelists from Georgia Tech, ATDC, ULI Atlanta, AARP, and GENERATOR will discuss how Smart Cities can foster community growth. The inaugural Georgia Smart Communities Challenge winners along with corresponding Georgia Tech researchers will present their current project status and answer your questions. Communities interested in learning about and applying for the 2019 Georgia Smart Communities Challenge will be involved in a hands on proposal development workshop in the afternoon.

This workshop is intended for:

  • City and County Officials
  • Local government associations
  • Industry experts and academic practitioners
  • Nonprofit and philanthropic organizations

More information and registration can be found at

It's Up to Us: Policies to Improve Climate Outcomes from Automated Vehicles

Monday, April 1st, 1:30pm (Stephen C. Hall Building, Room 102)

Join the School of Public Policy as they host a seminar featuring Judi Greenwald, Fellow, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University, and former Deputy Director for Climate, Environment, and Energy Efficiency, U.S. Department of Energy.  Ms. Greenwald will be a visiting Technology Policy Fellow at Georgia Tech from April 1st - April 12th and is available to meet with interested students, faculty, and staff. Please contact Dr. Aaron Levine for more details on her visit.

French Film Screening: "Faces Places: A Spectacular Odyssey in Rural France"

Thursday, April 4th, 5:30pm - 8:30pm (Stephen C. Hall Building, Room 102)

Dr. Stéphanie Boulard, from the School of Modern Languages, will host a screening of Agnes Varda’s award winner of L’O’eil d’or at Cannes  and Oscar nominated documentary, Faces Places (2017), which tells the story of two artists who develop a special friendship while traveling, celebrating artisanal production, workers’ solidarity, and creating a unique cross-generational portrait of life in rural France.  Food will be provided. Come to join the conversation, and learn more about the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development around the world.

This event is part of the Global Media Fest: Sustainability Across Languages and Cultures.

Japanese Film Screening: "Ashes to Honey"

Friday, April 5th, 5:30pm - 8:30pm (Stephen C. Hall Building, Room 102)

Dr. Amanda Weiss, from the School of Modern Languages, will host a screening of Ashes to Honey (2010), a documentary that explores sustainability and invites viewers to reconsider relying on nuclear power in Japan. Food will be provided. Come to join the conversation, and learn more about the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development around the world.

This event is part of the Global Media Fest: Sustainability Across Languages and Cultures.

Atlanta Studies Symposium: "Atlanta in the Anthropocene: The Making of a Resilient, Resourceful City"

Tuesday, April 9th (Academy of Medicine)

Each spring the Atlanta Studies Network hosts an annual symposium that tackles the social, cultural, environmental, and economic issues facing Atlanta.  This symposium will bring together scholars from across the region to discuss Atlanta’s role in climate mitigation, and how Atlanta will respond to coming challenges. 

Friday, April 12th, 7:30am - 9:00am (Southface, 241 Pine Street, NE, Atlanta, 30308)

How healthy is your home? Our panel of experts will explore the impacts of poor indoor air quality and other potential health hazards in your home, as well as the environmental, social and economic conditions that affect our home lives. 

Wxmen in Environmental Justice Summit

Saturday, April 13th, 9:00am - 5:00pm (Agnes Scott College, Campbell Hall, 141 E. College Ave, Decatur, 30033)

The Wxmen in Environmental Justice (WEJ) Summit is a collaborative effort between Agnes Scott College and Spelman College to highlight and empower college-aged wxmen and gender non-binary people in environmental justice leadership. The purpose of the WEJ Summit is to provide resources and solidarity building through a day-long summit on April 13, 2019, at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. The WEJ Summit is open to all students, young organizers, community members, and environmental justice advocates. Registration to attend includes free lunch; dietary restrictions will be accommodated. Registration is FREE for all students!

Applications to present a workshop, lecture, or "flash table talk" are currently being accepted from Metro ATL students; university/college faculty, staff, and alumni; organizations; and community members. Please click the following link for presentation guidelines and the application form. The deadline to submit presentation applications is March 7, 2019, at 11:59 p.m.  

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Book Launch: All Data Are Local - Thinking Critically in a Data-Driven Society, by Yanni Alexander Loukissas

Thursday, April 18th, 4:30pm (Institute for People and Technology, 6th Floor, Suite 600)

The Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) is excited to host a celebration of the forthcoming book All Data Are Local: Thinking Critically in a Data-Driven Society (MIT Press, 2019) by Yanni Alexander Loukissas, author and assistant professor of Digital Media in the Georgia Tech School of Literature, Media, and Communication. Set for release on April 23, the book examines how to analyze data settings rather than data sets, acknowledging the meaning-making power of the local. Read more about All Data Are Local.

Visit the Earth Day website for information about all events.

An Earth Day Lecture featuring Vanessa Keith - 2100: A Dystopian Utopia

Monday, April 22nd, 4:00pm - 6:00pm (Clark Atlanta University, The Thomas Cole Auditorium)

Join the Clark Atlanta University Office of Sustainability for a lecture by Architect Vanessa Keith, whose firm, Studioteka Design, imagines cities surviving cataclysmic climate change.

Southeast (U.S.) Regional Student Research Symposium

Friday, May 10th, 3:00pm - Saturday, May 11th, 4:00pm (Atlanta Metropolitan State College, 1630 Metropolitan Parkway SW, Atlanta, GA)

The Globe Program, a worldwide science and education program, invites teachers, students, U.S. Partners, scientists and alumni from the Southeast region (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, and Puerto Rico) to gather and discuss GLOBE student research projects at the fourth annual Southeast Student Research Symposium (SRS). This event will draw teachers, researchers, faculty from across the southeast and US Territories. This event will include presentations of student research, professional development for teachers, and networking and collaboration opportunities for all participants. In addition, the symposia will take full advantage of the rich business, civil rights history, academic institutions and science, engineering and technology venues and numerous fun and engaging attractions Atlanta has to offer.

ONGOING, Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm (Georgia State College of Law)

Visit Health is a Human Right: Race and Place in America at Georgia State Law. This exhibit examines historic challenges of the past 120 years in achieving health equity in the U.S. We know “race and place” are as important as personal choices in achieving our full potential. People with low incomes, minorities and other socially disadvantaged populations face significant inequities in opportunities for optimal health, along the lines of race, ethnicity and place. The exhibit displays historic photographs and documents that illustrate the struggles of diverse groups.‚Äč

Past Conferences, Workshops, and Events






INSS 2017 Smart, Connected Cities

Environmental Justice Series 2016-17