Reflections

SLS Welcomes Newest Staff Member!

Catherine Muse is SLS’s new Community Engagement Specialist. In 2013, Catherine graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. In December 2015, she completed her Masters in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies.

Alternative Service Break: Maryville, TN

Alternative Service Break (ASB) trips provide a meaningful way for students and staff to engage in a group oriented, immersion community service experience and to learn about service issues such as affordable housing, early childhood education, disaster relief, hunger and homelessness, and sustainable development. Hear from Adrianna Fu, Mirela Vojnikovic, and Grace Oberst as they reflect on their ASB Spring Break trip to Maryville, TN to work on environmental preservation.

Course Partnership Highlight: Principles of Visual Design & The East Decatur Greenway

Periodically SLS highlights a particularly interesting and fun course partnership.  Back in December, Camilla Warren of the EPA Southeast Region connected PhD candidate Firaz Peer who teaches Principles of Visual Design to Michele Ritan of the East Decatur Greenway.  Here, we’ve asked them to reflect on their collaboration.  Their comments offer insight as to the importance of communication, reciprocity, and shared expectations—and what results when Georgia Tech students channel their energy and expertise into real-world projects with a great partner!

Alternative Service Break: Oakland, CA

Sleepy-eyed and excited at 4:30 a.m., I embarked on a journey alongside 10 other students for my first spring break at Tech. We were off to Oakland, CA - a major trade center and a growing area for tech companies. Thus it is no stranger to gentrification as low-income people are leaving the city at disproportionately high rates.

Todd Michney, History and Sociology, Wins 1st Annual SLS Excellence in Community-Engaged Sustainability Teaching Award

SLS is pleased to announce Dr. Todd Michney, Assistant Professor, School of History and Sociology, as the winner of our inaugural SLS Award for Excellence in Community-Engaged Sustainability Teaching!

Greater Atlanta UN SDGs Young Leaders Panel

On February 22, the Georgia Institute of Technology Serve-Learn-Sustain Center convened the UN RCE (United Nations Regional Center for Expertise) of Greater Atlanta for the very first event of their Youth Network. The event, the Liam’s Legacy Symposium for UN Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals, featured Trisha Shetty and Rainier Mallol, the UN SDGs Young Leaders for SDGs 5 and 3, respectively. Read as Sienna Nordquist, SDG Coordinator with SDSN Youth at Emory University, reflects about the experience!

How SLS Helped Me Make My College Decision

Atticus Lemahieu is a First Year student currently studying Environmental Engineering. He works as a student assistant with SLS and has taken two SLS affiliated classes. In this blog post, Atticus discusses how SLS impacted his college decision and how he arrived at Georgia Tech.

A Community Approach to Sustainable Energy Systems

In Fall 2017, the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain launched its third SLS Fellows Program: Energy Systems for Sustainable Communities (ESSC). Matthew Realff co-directed the program with Juan Moreno-Cruz, Associate Professor of Economics in Ivan Allen College and a Fellow of the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems. It brought together 28 fellows representing all 6 colleges and various other units on campus. Fellows included faculty, research scientists, graduate students, and staff. The aim of ESSC was to re-consider the roles that communities play in the pursuit of sustainable energy systems. 

Read all of the Energy Systems for Sustainable Communities Fellows Program Final Deliverables!

Reflections on the Fall 2017 SLS BUZZ Course: Universal Design for Sustainable Communities

Inspired by the potential of farmers markets to increase the number of sustainable communities in America, Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) partnered with the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) and the Georgia Farmers Market Association (GFMA) to hold a three-session, project-based workshop focused on farmers markets as a case study of design for sustainable and inclusive communities. Read about it in this week's blog post!

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