SLS is offering two Foundation classes for the Fall 2019 semester, and three Foundation classes for the Spring 2020 semester: Sustainability, Technology, and Policy (PUBP3600) (Fall 2019), Tech and Sustainable Communities (SLS 3110) (Fall 2019), Foundations of Sustainable Systems (SLS 3120) (Spring 2020), Sustainable Urban Development (CP 2233) (Spring 2020), and Business Decisions for Sustainability and Shared Value (MGT 4803) (Spring 2020).
The Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain aims to help students create sustainable communities, where humans and nature flourish in the present and future. Thriving communities often center around green infrastructure. The articles below focus on multiple perspectives on the sustainability related innovations in the built and natural environments, small- and large-scale green development, and community-driven green space and conservation initiatives.
You might be asking "What is Green Infrastructure?" Start here! The ATL Dept. of Watershed Management has made a comprehensive list of what exactly green infrastructure is, the challeneges/benefits of it, what is being done in Atlanta to promote green infrastructure, and much more.
Second Helpings Atlanta (SHA) is an organization that rescues foor from corporate events and donates it to organizations in need. Within a 10-day period, SHA rescued 17,044 pounds of food from 10 events. That was food that would otherwise have been "dumped in big, green dumpsters and hauled off to a landfill," said the group's Executive Director, Joe Labriola. Instead, the food picked up was delivered to 21 of the food rescue's partner agencies location near the Mercedes Benz stadium. Following the Super Bowl, SHA rescued 7,392 pounds of prepared food at the stadium in its biggest and most complex food rescue to date.
Recently, Georgia Tech opened the doors of the Kendeda Building for Innovative and Sustainable Design, funded through the Kendeda Fund. This building is the epitome of Green; with every drop of water that touches it being reused, its ability to be completely net-zero while powering other buildings on campus, and much more, this building is sure to attract a lot of green infrastructure attention. The KBISD is the first building in the Southeast to meet and exceed a comprehensive list of requirements through 7 "petals" laid out by the Living Building Challenge. Read more about the building, and be sure to stop by and see its beautiful and equitable design next time you're on campus!
New luxury condominiums, built on 240-acres of land artificially claimed from the sea, are part of the Seri Tanjung Pinang 1 (STP1) project. Started in 2006, the project brought a taste of new Asian modernity to what was then a rural area beyond the fringes of George Town, Penang's only city. It also took away the fish, says fisherman Mohd-Ishak Bin Abdul Rahman. Read more about the cost of land reclamation.
One of the most "cool" aspects of green infrastructure is that it does just that - it helps a city stay cool. Imagine a building or skyscraper having live plants and moss growing on one side of it, or having a tree garden on the top of an apartment complex. Not only does this drastically improve air quality in the surrounding areas, but it helps reduce warming effects that cities often have. However, many developers and planners aren't rushing to implement this useful strategy. Read more about why not.