Prabhav Chawla is a computer engineering major from Haryana, India.  In this post he reflects on the impact of his ENGL 1102 class: “If Not Us, Then Who?: Student Activism, 1960-Present,” a first-year composition course affiliated with the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain and taught by Brittain Fellow Ruth Yow. Serve-Learn-Sustain facilitated a partnership between the course and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights through which students created digital tours for visitors to the Center on issues ranging from clean water to immigration to gender equity. Additionally, Prabhav and several of his peers in the class attended events in the SLS Environmental Justice Series.

I came into Georgia Tech with a clear goal – to hone my scientific and technical knowledge. I was excited to embark on a four-year long journey which would culminate in a degree in computer engineering. I scoffed when I learned that I was required to take 24 credit-hours worth of social and… more

We are pleased to provide you with the seventh in a series of blog posts from our 2017 Global Student Ambassadors.  This week, we highlight the Japan Summer Program in Sustainable Development program, a collaborative study abroad program with Tokyo Tech that offers ten weeks of focused study in one of the world’s most fascinating and important countries. Students explored the broad issues of sustainable development with a particular focus on the challenges of sustainable urbanization in large cities as well as rural towns.  Georgia Tech students had the opportunity to work together with Tokyo Tech students in multidisciplinary, cross-cultural teams tasked with devising solutions to real-world sustainability and community development problems.  One of our Global Student Ambassadors for this program, Yoko (Sarah) Nakama, writes about her experiences.

Sustainable Development in Japan

As an… more

We are pleased to provide you with the fifth in a series of blog posts from our 2017 Global Student Ambassadors.  This week, we highlight the Sustainable Transportation Abroad (Netherlands) program which provides students with the opportunity to spend two weeks studying sustainable bicycle infrastructure in the Netherlands.  Our Global Student Ambassador in this program, Anna Nord, writes about her experiences.  

Before studying abroad in the Netherlands, I was confident in my knowledge of the aspects that define safe bicycle infrastructure. I believed in my ability to solve problems associated with the dangers of inadequate bicycle facilities in the United States. Yet, within hours of being in the Netherlands, I quickly realized that my solutions were naïve and missing vital details. The Sustainable Transportation class taught by Dr. Kari Watkins, truly enriched my academic experience at Georgia Tech.  My trip to an… more


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Serve-Learn-Sustain is proud to announce the official launch of our 2017-18 U.N. SDG Series! The SDGs are the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by U.N. member states in 2015 as a new set of global goals for sustainable development that will: “end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all” (

I especially encourage you to attend some of our opening events to see what the series is about, especially:

  • THIS WEEK - Climate Change: Engineering’s Grand Challenge/Georgia Tech’s Role, featuring GT President Emeritus Dr. Wayne Clough (Sept. 13, 3pm)
  • Liam’s Legacy Symposium: Creating,… more



Exciting things are happening with Georgia Tech's Living Building - check out what's been going on over the summer!

The Living Building Equity Goals and the Equity Petal Work Group, headed by Serve-Learn-Sustain's Director, Dr. Jennifer Hirsch.

Six Pilot Projects for the Living Building that provide opportunities for student involvement.

The work of the Energy Petal… more

SLS is excited to announce our Fall 2017 Event Series!  Check out the schedule on our Events page and stay tuned for more detailed information!  Mark your calendars!



With Phase II registration in progress, SLS would like to highlight three exciting affiliated courses!  HTS 2803: Special Topics – Environmental Sociology, Instructor: Kate Pride Brown; LMC 6312: Technology, Representation and Design (“Data Walks”), Instructor: Yanni Loukissas; ​MGT 4803: Sustainable Marketing, Instructor: Dionne Nickerson.  Check out these courses, and the rest of our Fall 2017 course offerings on our Courses page.

HTS 2803: Special Topics – Environmental Sociology   Instructor: Kate Pride Brown

The Georgia Tech students who affiliate with programs like Serve-Learn-Sustain are world-savers. With passion and dedication, they will be the ones who design a better solar battery, envision sustainable logistical systems,… more

Serve-Learn-Sustain was pleased to co-host this year's INSS Conference on Smart, Connected Communities with the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) and Civic Data Science this past June.  Check out this article by Alyson Powell, one of IPaT's Communications Officers, with her perspective on the conference.

Alyson Powell serves as a Communications Officer for IPaT, assisting with copywriting and marketing IPaT through the creation of marketing materials such as videos, newsletters, and graphics.  She brings nearly 15 years experience in marketing, web development, and broadcasting to her position.

In June 2017, The Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain partnered with IPaT and Civic Data Science to host a satellite conference as part of the Integrated Network for Social Sustainability (INSS).  The multi-site conference with the theme of "Smart, Connected Communities," focused on smart cities and data for sustainable communities.  Carl DiSalvo, SCCC Fellows Program Faculty Co-Director, presented a Smart Cities panel discussion, which built on the work of the Smart Cities, Connected Communities Fellows program.  For additional INSS resources, please see our resources page

Read additional reflections by our SCCC Fellows.

Rethinking the City in Smart Cities,… more