Combining Disciplines with Communities

SLS has a sophomore-level class called Technology and Sustainable Community Development. I coordinated the first offering in Spring 2016, with a team of diverse intellectual characters -- Sabir Khan (Architecture), Betsy DiSalvo (Interactive Computing), Jennifer Hirsch (SLS and City and Regional Planning), Wayne Li (Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering) and Dan Matisoff (Public Policy).

Collaborations with Serve-Learn-Sustain

I had the honor and pleasure to be there when Serve-Learn-Sustain officially opened in January 2016. During Spring 2016 I had the opportunity to work on new SLS projects - like the Big Ideas - and see their developments from a scratch on a piece of paper to a webpage, exciting!

People-Centered Planning in Smart Cities

The term “smart city” has become common parlance in city planning circles in recent years.

SLS Announces New Strategic Advisory Council

The Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) recently created a Strategic Advisory Council comprising faculty and staff from around Georgia Tech's campus. The council will meet twice a year and will provide guidance to SLS leadership related to overall strategy and framework development, development of curricular and co-curricular pathways (such as a minor or alternative transcript), and fundraising.

Reflections on the Fall 2016 SLS Food, Energy, Water Systems (FEWS) Fellows Program

Promoting Interdisciplinarity, Openness, and Engagement by Carl DiSalvo

On the Difficult, Necessary Work of Leaving the Silo: Avoiding Unintended Consequences by Joe Brown (see below)

A Reflection on SLS' MLK Day of Service Project with Friends of Refugees

I recently attended Serve-Learn-Sustain’s MLK Day of Service at Friends of Refugees in Clarkston, GA, which is about 20 minutes from Georgia Tech. 60,000 refugees have begun their journeys as new Americans in this area, and Clarkston has even been called “the most diverse square mile in America” by the New York Times Magazine.

Serve-Learn-Sustain Supports DC Civil Rights Tour

Over the MLK weekend, SLS sponsored a few students and faculty to attend Diversity Program’s Civil Rights Tour in Washington, D.C as part of our year-long Structural Racism series. Participants visited the National Museum of African American History & Culture, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and other historic sites such as the National Museum of the American Indian and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.


During the fall semester, SLS issued a call for student organizations interested in partnering with us for the 2016-2017 academic year, specifically seeking student organizations focused on environmental, social, or economic sustainability; social justice; and/or cultural diversity. 


Serve-Learn-Sustain is proud to announce the two team winners of the 2017 Civic Innovation Award, sponsored by the Commerce Club Foundation of Atlanta. The teams and their projects are described below, in blog posts written by the students.


Thanks to all the partners and participants who made the Fall Semester launch of our year-long Environmental Justice Series a great success! The semester comprised 16 events and activities hosted by SLS together with 16 partners and drew close to 1,000 participants. A number of faculty used series’ events to enhance their courses and encouraged their students to attend by offering extra credit or tying events to course assignments.

We have an amazing line-up now for spring, with 15 more events and activities, co-sponsored with 20 partners.