Introduction to SLS

A Welcome From The Director

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Our Mission and Vision

Our Mission
  • SLS educates students - through classroom, co-curricular, and real-world learning, on campus and off - to contribute to the task of "creating sustainable communities"
  • SLS builds the capacity of faculty to (a) teach sustainable communities-related courses and (b) collaborate with diverse partners on their research
  • SLS facilitates GT participation in Partnerships that bring together key partners – from the government, community, nonprofit, academic, and business sectors - for joint learning, research, and action
Our Vision
  • Georgia Tech graduates are using their disciplinary expertise to help "create sustainable communities" where humans and nature flourish, in Georgia, the U.S., and around the globe
  • Universities around the globe are asking, "What does Georgia Tech think?" about the role that a technological institution can play in creating sustainable communities
  • Students are choosing to come to Georgia Tech partly to participate in Serve-Learn-Sustain

A Brief History

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Our Key Personnel

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Benefits to Collaborating with SLS

  • Opportunities for additional funding for courses or projects. Deadlines for application occur in _____, _____, and _____. Funding may be requested in amounts ranging from $500 to $5,000 but the typically awarded amount is $2,000. See a sample funding application request form here: 
    • Note: funding applications to get off-campus partners involved with your class will require a letter of support from the partner. (If you are looking for a partner, please see our list of current partners working with SLS on page #.) 
  • Easy access to on-campus partners and faculty already affiliated with SLS.
  • Access to a teaching toolkit designed to make introducing sustainability and service learning topics into your classrooms easier.

SLS Learning Outcomes

Develop Skills & Knowledge
  • Students will be able to identify relationships among ecological, social, and economic systems.
  • Students will be able to describe how their actions impact the sustainability of communities.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate skills needed to work effectively in a community.
  • Students will be able to evaluate how decisions impact the sustainability of communities.


Connect to Professional Practice
  • Students will be able to describe how they can use their discipline to make communities more sustainable.


Structure Deep Learning Experiences
  • Students will be able to develop approaches to sustainability challenges in communities.
  • Students will be able to communicate effectively with the public about creating sustainable communities.


Build Long-Lasting Values and Beliefs
  • Students will develop and manifest personal values and beliefs consistent with their roles as responsible members of local, national, international, and/or professional communities.

How to Use This Handbook

This handbook is meant to serve as a basic resource guide to help you get 1) started exploring service learning opportunities for your class or 2) thinking about expanding service learning experiences or community partnerships that you may have already developed. The handbook is divided into sections designed around questions that faculty may have about service learning. We welcome any suggestions that you might have for topics that need to be addressed. Please feel free to contact the SLS Office with your ideas.