Linking Biomedical Engineering and Sociology

“Creating sustainable communities” requires understanding issues from multiple perspectives and within broad contexts. To that end, each semester, SLS links together classes from multiple GT colleges and schools with some key community partners, under broad sustainable communities themes.

Become Part of an SLS-Affiliated Research Team - Register for a VIP

If you regularly read the SLS Reflections blog, chances are you are interested in learning about how you can help “create sustainable communities.” Are you also interested in learning what it’s like to do research? If so – then you should check out the SLS VIPs – Vertically-Integrated Projects. VIPs are projects conducted by multidisciplinary teams comprising students and faculty, and sometimes staff and community or industry partners. SLS VIPs focus on topics related to sustainable communities, on campus and off.

Take a Class in the New Kendeda Building in Spring Semester 2020

By you have undoubtedly heard the buzz about Georgia Tech’s newest building, The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, constructed under the Living Building Challenge, in accordance with its seven sustainability petals – Energy, Water, Materials, Place, Equity, Health & Happiness, and Beauty. The building is on track to become the most environmentally advanced education and research building in the Southeast. There are two upcoming opportunities to visit the building.

Celebrating an Expo- Winning SLS-sponsored Capstone Project: Coco-Yum!

SLS sponsors several capstone teams each semester.  This summer, an SLS- sponsored Mechanical Engineering team won Expo with a project guided by Isaac Zama, a native of Southern Cameroon, who has worked with GT students in past semesters and greatly enriched students’ experiences of social impact project work.  Below both Zama and the student team leader, Louis David Nicoue, describe and reflect on the Coco-Yum project, which has as its context traditional culinary practices in Cameroon.  Read on to

Germany LBAT: Reflections on Culture and Sustainability

We are pleased to provide you with a blog post from one of our 2019 SLS Global Student Ambassadors.  This week, we highlight the Language for Business and Technology (LBAT): Germany program, which takes students throughout Germany and explores regional perspectives in lifestyles, history, and traditions, as well as from an industrial point of view.

SLS Open House: Sustainable Cities Minor and Innovating for Social Impact Program

Join SLS staff, along with faculty, staff, and student representatives, to learn more about the Sustainable Cities Minor and the Innovating for Social Impact programs.  The Open House will take place on Thursday, October 3rd, from 5:00pm - 6:00pm in the Clough Lounge (Clough 205).  Stop by to speak with someone about these programs, and enjoy some pizza!

Brittain Fellows Reflect on Summer Pedagogical Experiments in First-Year Writing

For the second summer in a row, iGniTe and SLS partnered to bring students an innovative transdisciplinary experience in their first semester at Georgia Tech. This unique collaboration included a number of Writing and Communication Program courses taught by Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellows, including "Poetics of Sustainability" taught by Dr. Nick Sturm and "Back to the Future" taught by Dr.

Georgia Tech Lorraine - French, Sciences, Sustainability

In Summer 2019, SLS sponsored its third group of Global Student Ambassadors.  Aiyanna Lowery served as the ambassador for the “French, Sciences, Sustainability” program at GT Lorraine.  In this program with an emphasis on French for the Professions, French for the Sciences, and Sustainability, students experience real language immersion while focusing on Metz’s remarkable sustainability efforts through coursework, service-learning projects, and excursions.

Meet Our Newest Staff Member!

Rebecca Watts Hull is SLS’s new Service Learning and Partnerships Specialist. She has a PhD in History and Sociology of Technology and Science from Georgia Tech. Her research focuses on institutional and social change relating to environment, sustainability, and food systems.

4 Students Reflect on their Internship Experiences with Pride . . . and some Gems of Advice!

SLS recently wrapped up the 2nd summer of our internship program.  This year, we matched 27 interns with partner organizations—some of which are old friends of SLS’s, such as Partnership for Southern Equity, Southface, and the City of Atlanta.  Others were new to the internship program this summer, such as PlantLanta (described below in intern Jessica Copenhaver’s post), ParkPride, and the four communities who hosted student interns as part of the Georgia Smart Communiti