Readings, Videos, and Resources about Equitable and Sustainable Development


The Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain aims to help students create sustainable communities, where humans and nature flourish in the present and future. One SLS Priority area concerning sustainable communities is Equitable & Sustainable Development, focuses on how environment, economy, equity and society shape large infrastructure projects.

Equitable and Sustainable Development - Guiding Documents

Equitable & Sustainable Development Framework

Equitable & Sustainable Development - Key Concepts

Summer 2018 iGniTe Program Student Workshop Resources

Summer Session Sustainability Track Framework

Historic Old Fourth Ward Park handout

Student Workshop Key Concepts and Questions

What is Infrastructure PowerPoint Presentation

Newsworthy - Equitable and Sustainable Development

SLS Student Assistants recommend these stories for delving deeper into the topic of Equitable and Sustainable Development.

"Hurricane Florence and the Displacement of African-Americans Along the Carolina Coast"
This article from the New York Times discusses how feats in environmental engineering leading to economic development along the now vulnerable Carolina coast ultimately caused African-Americans to lose land they had occupied since the Civil War.

"10 Years Later, There's So Much We Don't Know About Where Katrina Survivors Ended Up"
Laura Bliss from CityLab shares the effects of Hurricane Katrina on thousands of evacuees who faced crime and poverty after demolition of public housing in New Orleans, giving readers foresight into what may happen as a result of Hurricane Florence.

"Why some people never evacuate during a hurricane, according to a psychologist"
In this Vox article, Brian Resnick explains the various circumstances and complex reasoning that causes many to ignore hurricane evacuation orders and then offers strategies for improving evacuation rates.

Where Gentrification Leads, School Desgregation Follows

In New Your City, gentrifying neighborhoods show a new interesting trend in classrooms.  When a diverse group of children learn together, there is higher academic achievement, a reduction in racial prejudice, and an increase in civic engagement than if children learn in a homogeneous socio-economic environment.  Read about what New York City is doing to encourage racial and socio-economic diversity in its public schools on CityLab.​​

Political Will and Innovative - Key to Making African Smart Cities a Reality

In Cape Town, city leaders meet to discuss how to plan the city to be able to handle the influx of people by considering smart, efficient design.  As the smart infrastructure market grows by more than 20% a year, world leaders look into how their cities can finance this kind of innovation.

How Denver Became One of America's Most Walkable Cities

Denver now gets to claim its place as one of American's most walkable cities, coming second only to New York City.  The city has recently experienced a growth in employment in its downtown area, causing city planners to spring into action to reduce the need for driving in its downtown area and attempt to make travel routes more bike- and foot-traffic friendly.  This article opens up a conversation about how to make a city feel more walkable, and what Denver's planners are looking to do in the years ahead.

All Eyes on Equity: How nonprofits are mobilizing to solve Atlanta's structural inequities

Atlanta routinely ranks among the nation's most unequal cities.  But across the city, organizations and funders have found new momentum to change the narrative, and the unequal systems.