Fall 2018 Event Series

Check out our exciting Fall 2018 event series, with a special focus on Community Health, one of SLS' seven priority sustainable communities issues.

Health is a Human Right: Race and Place in America Exhibit

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.​

CDC Exhibit: The Refugee Journey to Well Being

Through October 5th, 9:00am - 5:00pm (CDC David Sencer Museum, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA  30329)

An immersive museum experience, The Refugee Journey to Wellbeing provides insight into refugee health and the resettlement process. The exhibit introduces visitors to the programs and processes supporting refugee health along the journey from displacement to resettlement in the United States. Its installation at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum is the first public showing of this hands-on exhibit, created in 2016 by CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, and the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch, Division of Global Health Protection, in partnership with the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.​

SLS Information Session - What IS Serve-Learn-Sustain?

Tuesday, September 4th, 11:00am - 11:45am (Clough 469); Thursday, September 6th, 11:00am - 11:45am (Clough Lounge (Clough 205)); Thursday, September 13th, 11:00am - 11:45am (Clough 469)

These info sessions will offer you the low-down on SLS: why we exist, what we do, and why you will want to get involved! We will talk about what sustainability and building sustainable communities means here at SLS and we will highlight SLS courses, projects, events, and service learning opportunities. You will hear from fellow students about what brought them to SLS and why SLS is a great choice for students from all of Tech's six colleges. And of course, there'll be choice SLS swag for you! 

SLS Information Session and SLCE Training- What IS Serve-Learn-Sustain?

Thursday, September 13th, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Clough Lounge (Clough 205)

This info session will offer you the low-down on SLS: why we exist, what we do, and why you will want to get involved, as well as a training session on Service Learning and Community Engagement (SLCE)! We will talk about what sustainability and building sustainable communities means here at SLS and we will highlight SLS courses, projects, events, and service learning opportunities. You will hear from fellow students about what brought them to SLS and why SLS is a great choice for students from all of Tech's six colleges. 

The additional SLCE (Service Learning and Community Engagament) session offers students foundations for service learning and community engagement work in their courses.  Students who are in courses that have a specific SLCE component-- such as a required service learning experience or a real world project with a partner-- are strongly encouraged to attend.  The session will cover safe and respectful behaviors in communities unfamiliar to you; power, voice, and access to resources in Atlanta and the region; tips and best practices for partner-based collaborations off campus. The session will be interactive, and there will be snacks!

RCE Youth Network Back to School Event

Saturday, September 15th, 12:00pm - 4:30pm (Ponce City Market)

Join us for lunch at Ponce City Market, and a free tour of the Beltline, and share your ideas about the future of sustainability.  We will meet under the covered space at PCM, facing the Beltline.  Contact RCEATLYN@gmail.com for details.

Liam's Legacy Symposium: Energy, Justice, and Community Health with Khalil Shahyd and Diana Hernandez

Three Sessions: 10:45am - 11:45am (Morning Session - "Ideas and Big Connections"); 12:00pm - 1:00pm (Lunch); 1:00pm - 2:30pm (Afternoon Session - "Policy and Action") (Clough Lounge)

Presented by Serve-Learn-Sustain, in partnership with School of History and Sociology, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business, and  Strategic Energy Institute.

The Fall 2018 Liam's Legacy Symposium examines the theme of "energy justice," the challenge of how to provide affordable, safe and reliable energy for all. Energy justice is linked to housing equity, public health, clean energy, and equitable development, which are all critical areas for Atlanta students, researchers, and emerging leaders. This event will promote broader and deeper engagement with the ideas of energy justice and community health here at Tech. The invited speakers focus on interlocking issues of energy justice and community health through their research and policy work. Khalil Shahyd is a Senior Policy Advocate at the Natural Resources Defense Council. His work is focused on the Energy Efficiency for All Project, which encourages utilities to fund energy efficiency programs for affordable multifamily housing. Diana Hernandez is an Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University. She studies the intersections between the built environment, inequality, and health with an emphasis on energy insecurity.

About Liam Rattray & Liam's Legacy:

The Liam's Legacy Symposium honors the memory of Liam Rattray, an outstanding and socially-committed Georgia Tech Honors Program student who was tragically killed by a drunk driver just a few weeks after his graduation, in 2011.  We mourn his death, but we also celebrate his life in this annual event that carries his name and draws upon his legacy of engagement and activism.

Just Energy Summit

Friday, September 21st - Saturday, September 22nd, 8:00am - 5:00pm (Shirley A. Massey Conference Center, Morehouse College)

Join the Partnership for Southern Equity and the Just Energy Circle for the 2018 Just Energy Summit! This Summit will weave community, policy, business and municipal voices  into collective action towards a more equitable, inclusive, clean energy future for Metro Atlanta and the American South.

No prior experience with energy issues is required to participate.

Early Bird Registration Opens June 1. Regular ticket sales begin July 8

Grady's Community Benefit Program: Developing Innovative Partnerships to Drive Community Benefit and Population Health

Tuesday, September 25th, 7:30am - 9:00am (Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development (760 Spring St), Room 235)

Hosted by Georgia Tech’s Healthy Places Research Group, this presentation discusses how trends in health care are driving hospitals to work more closely with their communities to improve both patient care and community health. Katie Mooney (Community Benefit Manager) and Leslie Marshburn (Director of Population Health) from Grady Health System will share how Grady is engaging with the community and developing innovative partnership to drive its Community Benefit and Population Health work. Serving free coffee and breakfast! Please RSVP here.

Leadership for Social Good Study Abroad Info Session

Tuesday, September 25th, 11:00am - 12:00pm, Scheller College of Business, Room 101

Come hear about the Leadership for Social Good Study Abroad Program, which offers students the opportunity to gain insight into global civil society, to learn about the challenges of creating and leading effective and sustainable social enterprises, and to make a positive impact by working closely with a non-profit organization in Budapest, Hungary.  This program is affiliated with Serve-Learn-Sustain and also fulfills both the Engage and Learn requirements for the Innovating for Social Impact program.

Sustainability with a Southern Twang: Lessons from the South's First Attempt at Sustainable Development- featuring Will Bryan, speaker on history of business sustainability in the south

Tuesday, September 25th, 5:00pm - 6:00pm, Scheller College of Business, Room 312

Southerners have long been caricatured as so desperate for jobs that they have given little thought to protecting the region's environment.  Yet in the decades after the Civil Wat, southern business people and public officials because preoccupied with the idea that there could be "permanent" ways of using the region's dwindling natural resources.  Rather than embracing a get-rich-quick strategy based on exploiting natural resources to depletion, southerners debated the most "permanent" ways to use and conserve their resources so that they would be available indefinitely.  This talk explores the successes and failures of the South's search for environmental permanence - one of the earliest attempts at sustainable development in the United States - and reflects on what this experience can tell us about the social and environmental aspects of sustainability today.

This event is sponsored in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business and the School of History and Sociology.

Study Abroad Fair

Tuesday, October 2nd, 10:00am - 2:00pm, Student Center Ballroom

Join Georgia Tech's Office of International Education at the annual Study Abroad Fair.  Come learn about nearly 150 international education possibilities offered at Tech, including Serve-Learn- Sustain affiliated study abroad programs, and the SLS Global Student Ambassadors Program, launched in Summer 2017.  The SLS Global Student Ambassadors Program provides a student from each of the SLS affiliated Study Abroad programs the opportunity to meet each other and learn cross-cultural perspectives on sustainable communities and share their experiences with other students, while they’re abroad through social media and when they return.

Impact Presents: "The Superpower Within"

Wednesday, October 3rd, 4:30pm - 6:00pm (Scheller College of Business, LeCraw Auditorium)

Come and nurture (or discover) the superpower within you at the next Impact Presents session: Join Lesley Grady, Senior Vice President of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta for a conversation about how individuals can create better communities through the power of philanthropy and volunteering.

Global Goals:: Local Progress

Wednesday, October 10th, 6:30pm - 9:00pm,
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA  30313

Join us to celebrate and launch RCE Greater Atlanta, our new regional sustainability network acknowledged by the United Nations University in December 2017 as a Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development - the 6th in the U.S. and the 164th in the world. Learn how leaders across sectors recognize RCE Greater Atlanta as an asset for the region:

  • Meet members contributing towards the SDGs locally
  • Explore the exhibits of the Center through the lens of the SDGs, and 
  • Interact with changemakers across all sectors around sustainable development topics most relevant to our region

​TICKETS REQUIRED - SPACE IS LIMITED.  Please note that SLS has a limited number of tickets for Georgia Tech students - please email us to request a ticket.

Sustainability in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Thursday, October 11th, 11:00am - 12:00pm, Clough Lounge (Clough 205)

Interested in Study Abroad?  Want to connect that to your interest in creating sustainable communities?  Join students and faculty directors from SLS’ affiliated study abroad programs - in Germany, Spain, Eastern Europe, Japan, Italy, and the Netherlands – as they reflect on what they learned about sustainability and community and how this can help us think in new ways about the U.S. The session will include time for audience Q&A, about the topic and about the programs themselves. Learn more about SLS’ affiliated programs here.

Regenerative Design Summit

Friday, October 12th, 9:00am - 4:00pm, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30309

Join us for USGBC Georgia’s largest event of 2018.   The Regenerative Design Summit, hosted by USGBC Georgia, intends to empower the design community to bring regenerative strategies to the Southeast. The summit will welcome owners, architects, engineers, landscape professionals, and anyone interested in learning more about regenerative design.

Note that registration is required and STUDENT PRICING IS AVAILABLE!

Net Positive Atlanta: Subtropical Solutions

Thursday, October 18th, 8:00am - 6:00pm, Student Center Ballroom

Hosted by The International Living Future Institute with Georgia Tech, this symposium highlights stories of pioneering Living Building Challenge project teams as they pursue the world’s most rigorous green building standard in this hot and humid climate. A limited number of scholarships are available for SLS affiliated faculty, staff, and students. Contact SLS for more information.

SLS BUZZ Course: 4-Day Skills Workshop - Social Innovation for Sustainable Communities

4 sessions between October 17th and November 28th

Presented by Serve-Learn-Sustain, and The Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Scheller College of Business. with our community partner, the Center for Civic Innovation

*This course fulfills the LEARN requirement for the SLS Innovating for Social Impact Program. Read more about that program here.*

Social Innovation is all the rage right now. Come learn what the buzz is all about! This short course will introduce you to the basics of innovation as a tool for social impact and expose you to some of Atlanta’s experienced and burgeoning civic entrepreneurs - problem solvers working locally to tackle large-scale challenges in new and creative ways. It is intended for students who want to understand what social innovation is and explore how to recognize and support innovative ideas – or, if they wish, become social entrepreneurs themselves.

Highlights of this Buzz Course include:

  • Participate in a Social Enterprise boot camp run by CCI and open to the public – so you will learn alongside aspiring entrepreneurs from across Atlanta (see the description of the last boot camp offered here)
  • Work in teams on mini-projects with civic entrepreneurs tackling different types of challenges in Atlanta – and seeking input or assistance specifically from college students
  • Meet and collaborate with students from different majors across campus, bringing a variety of perspectives to social innovation and the mini-projects

Participants who complete ALL parts of the workshop will receive a "Certificate of Completion of Georgia Tech SLS Short Course in Social Innovation for Sustainable Communities."


28th Annual AIDS Walk

Sunday, October 21st, 1:00pm - 3:00pm (Piedmont Park)

Now in its 28th year, AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run is a fun 3.2-mile run/walk through the historic Piedmont Park & Midtown Atlanta neighborhoods. A production of AID Atlanta, this is the largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser in the Southeast.

SLS Think Tank

Thursday, October 25th, 10:45am - 11:45am (Clough 469)

SLS Think Tank brings GT faculty, students, and staff together with Community Partners to present and receive feedback on community projects, research opportunities, and collaborations. After presentations, participants share their insights and ideas in an attempt to transform and contribute to the presenters' work.

Assessment Group Teaching Workshop: Backwards Course Design and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Monday, November 12th, 9:00am - 12:00pm (Backwards Course Design), 1:00pm - 4:00pm (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) (Clough Lounge)

We are offering two exciting workshops that will give you tools that you can immediately use in your classroom! In the Backwards Course Design workshop you will learn an effective method that provides guidance for instruction, and designing lessons, units, and courses. In the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning workshop, you’ll learn about conducting research in the classroom environment covering both traditional teaching methods and blended learning, evaluating outcomes and sharing results, and communicating with peers in a scholarly community.  RSVP REQUIRED - SPACE IS LIMITED.

What is Community Health? Student Ambassadors Reflect on the Semester

Thursday, November 15th, 11:00am - 11:45am (Hall Building, Room 103)

Come hear SLS Community Health instructors and a Student Panel of ambassadors share their major takeaways from their semester taking SLS Community Health Linked Courses.

Teaching Toolkit Workshop: Climate Change, Health, and Equity

Thursday, November 29th, 10:45am - 11:45am (Clough Lounge)

This workshop will feature teaching tools that address climate science, health, and equity. We will learn from and with PhD Candidate Kevin Lanza (SCaRP), the developer of two new tools in the SLS Teaching Toolkit: Urban Heat Islands and the Georgia Tech Climate Network, and the 1995 Chicago Heat Wave

This event is primarily for faculty.

Fall 2018 SLS Student Showcase

Tuesday, December 4th, 4:00pm - 5:00pm (Klaus Atrium)
The SLS Student Showcase will feature projects that engage the SLS theme of creating sustainable communities, especially within our priority issues: community health, civic data, equitable development, green infrastructure, water, citizen science, social innovation, climate change and energy, and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.
We seek a diversity of projects (posters, videos, prototypes, etc.), and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded in the form of gift cards.  We will also present SLS Excellence in Teaching- Student Choice Awards at the Showcase. Faculty award winners will be selected from nominees submitted by students. 

Fall 2018 Faculty-Partner Showcase and Meet n' Greet

Wednesday, December 5th, 11:00am - 1:00pm (Clough Lounge)

This is a great opportunity to learn about the creative course design work of faculty collaborating with community partners, and to make connections with local organizations for your own courses! We will invite a handful of partner-faculty "pairs" who have collaborated over the course of the Fall semester to share their work, deliverables and process, as well as  cohort of partners and faculty new (or new-ish!) to SLS who want to hear more and gain greater insight into partnering with Tech / partnering with community organizations and agencies. We will serve lunch.