Georgia Tech’s newest building, The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, constructed under the Living Building Challenge, is on track to become the most environmentally advanced education and research building in the Southeast. The challenge focuses on seven imperatives, presented as petals – Energy, Water, Materials, Place, Equity, Health & Happiness, and Beauty.
SLS, together with Institute Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and a group of faculty and staff from across campus, is leading efforts to implement the Equity Petal while also re-defining and pushing it in new and deeper directions. The Equity Petal currently aims "to transform developments to foster a true, inclusive sense of community that is just and equitable regardless of an individual's background, age, class, race, gender or sexual orientation."
There are two ways for students to get involved in our work – see below and come join us!
Take a Course in the Kendeda Building
The Kendeda Building houses nine classrooms and teaches a wide variety of courses every semester. Many of these courses use the building to help teach sustainability by relating the seven petals of the Living Building Challenge to the topic of the course.
Interested in taking an SLS affiliated course in the Kendeda Building? Visit our Courses page and select the Kendeda Building option under the Program search criteria.
What is equity anyway? What does it have to do with sustainable building? Learn more through these resources.
The Kendeda Building was featured in a video produced by BBC's Storyworks in a series about buildings around the globe that advance the concepts of sustainability and equity. You can find a link to that video HERE.
These articles, published in The Kendeda Fund’s Living Building Chronicle, talk about our efforts to date trying to advance equity during building construction and design:
- Equity Petal: When is a ramp not just a ramp?, by CEE student and Living Building Equity Champion Angelica Acevedo
- Georgia Tech aims to exceed Living Building equity goals
- The hidden power of equity in sustainable buildings
These SLS teaching tools, from the SLS Teaching Toolkit, are intended to be used as activities and assignments in GT classes, to help students understand the key role that equity and justice play in creating sustainable buildings and communities: