Summer Internship Highlight: Sustainability and Design

Each summer, SLS hosts an Internship Program, placing students in internships with community and government organizations, focused on gaining real world experience in sustainability and community engagement.  This week, we highlight Michelle Ramirez (Digital Media) who interned with SLS as our Sustainable Communities Graduate Fellow.

SLS Summer 2021 Intern Profile: Importance of Mentorship for BIPOC Youth

Each summer, SLS hosts an Internship Program, placing students in internships with community and government organizations, focused on gaining real world experience in sustainability and community engagement.  This week, we highlight Peyton Warrick (Environmental Engineering) who interned with Hope for Youth (HYPE), and had the opportunity to serve on a Zoom panel that HYPE held in partnership with Women of Color in Tech and the General Assembly on the

Summer YPAR Institute Empowers Youth to Create Change

In Dekalb County, the refugee resettlement community of Clarkston is known as the most diverse square mile in America. Here, many parents work long hours and late shifts, and a high percentage of families have only one car or less. Because of this lack of time and transportation, taking their children to after-school activities can often be a challenge. 

SLS Summer 2020 Internships Transition to Staff Positions

Each summer, SLS runs a paid internship program that focuses on providing practical experience for students in supporting solutions for sustainable communities, while providing our partners with support and resources.  Below we highlight the experience of two students from our Summer 2020 program, whose internship experiences translated into staff positions with their internship host partner.

Rachel Dekom, (History, Science, and Technology, 2021)

SLS Interns and IGniTe Students see social innovation in action at Global Growers

What is community-based social innovation? What does it look like in action? Where does it happen and how do I get involved?

SLS UrbanHeatATL Summer Interns Host Community Conversation

This past summer, I had the opportunity to intern with the UrbanHeatATL team. UrbanHeatATL is a community partnership between researchers at Georgia Tech and Spelman College, local partner organizations, and community scientists. The goal of UrbanHeatATL is to map accurate, surface-level heat data in Atlanta. In March, UrbanHeatATL presented a panel of urban heat experts during the Atlanta Science Festival (Dr. Marshall Shepherd, Dr. Jeremy Hoffman, and Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome).

Student Perspective: Lessons Learned from SLS Buzz Courses

My name is Yassin, and I was an undergraduate student at Georgia Tech from 2015 to 2021. I first heard about the Serve Learn Sustain initiative while taking a database systems course. During one of our classes while discussing the vast realm of work opportunities in computer science, our professor encouraged us to use the skills we were learning towards fostering sustainable communities. She said that if we had an interest in such applications, we could find many opportunities through SLS.

Georgia Tech Earns STARS Silver Rating for Its Campuswide Contributions to Sustainability

Georgia Tech recently achieved a STARS silver rating by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS stands for Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System and is awarded based upon measured success in five key areas of sustainability in higher education – Academics, Engagement, Operations, Planning and Administration, and Innovation and Leadership. The rating system helps benchmark achievements and identify opportunities where faculty, administrators, staff, and students can be effective change agents. 

SLS Director Jennifer Hirsch Wins ANAK Society Award

Each year, the ANAK Society presents the ANAK Award to honor a faculty member who has demonstrated “outstanding service to the Institute and to the student body.”  This year's co-recipient was SLS Director Dr. Jennifer Hirsch.  The ANAK Society also honored a staff recipient for the first time this year, presenting the award to Dr. Benjamin Holton as well.  Read more about the award HERE.

iGniTe Summer Session: Taking a Tour of Kendeda

SLS partnered last month with Summer and Special Sessions Initiatives to offer iGniTe students an in-person tour of the Kendeda Building.  Summer and Special Sessions intern, Lily Arnold, wrote about her experience on the tour: