Alternative Service Breaks: Belize

By: Madeline Smerchansky

It was 4 AM the day after the last day of Spring semester and I was headed to the airport with a group of complete strangers. We were a diverse group of students from all majors and years. After a few sleepy flights and a crowded layover, we had made it to Belize. It was almost the beginning of the rainy season, so the humidity was off the charts and it rained off and on for days. We met our hosts and started on the 4 hour van ride to the EcoLodge, where we were staying.

Sustainable Development and Climate Change Study Abroad in Italy

In the program Sustainable Development and Climate Change in Italy, Georgia Tech students spend five weeks living and studying in Venice.  While there, students take two SLS affiliated courses and participate in multiple field trips to locations across the country.

SLS Launches 6 Signature Programs This Fall

Since SLS opened its doors in Spring 2015, students have been asking us – “How can we get involved in SLS?” We have guided them to our extensive list of Affiliated Courses and to our Events & Workshops series, which together reach over 6,000 students/year.

Summer Sustainability Track Students Create Sonic Dictionary of the Aural Architecture of the Proctor Creek Greenway

This summer, first-year students in the iGniTe Summer Program Sustainability Track who took Dr. Lauren Neefe's ENGL 1102 Architecture, Sound, Sustainability course recorded the sounds of traveling to and walking on the newly completed Proctor Creek Greenway on Atlanta's Westside.

City and Regional Planning Professor Bruce Stiftel Presents on GT and SLS Sustainability at U.N. Conference

Professor Stiftel presented at the UN last month as part of the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) Global Event that was scheduled as part of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. In a panel entitled, “Highlighting innovative collaborations between Higher Education Institutions and the United Nations,” he described the RCE Greater Atlanta as well as Georgia Tech’s Serve-Learn-Sustain program.

Watch a video of his presentation here:

Leadership for Social Good Study Abroad

In the Leadership for Social Good Study Abroad Program, students spend eight weeks abroad while learning about social entrepreneurship and the leadership it takes to develop strong civil societies. Students also have the opportunity to work with a nonprofit to help develop sustainable solutions to environmental and social problems.

Below, read Isabelle Musmanno's reflection from the program where she discusses the sustainable practices employed in Budapest, Hungary. 

Sustainable Transportation Abroad

Adam Borsch, an SLS Global Student Ambassador, shares moments from his experience in the Netherlands with the Sustainable Transportation Abroad program. Each year, Dr. Kari Watkins teaches a course and takes students on a week long trip to the Netherlands to learn about sustainable transportation. During their week abroad, students bike across the country, experiencing the Dutch transportation system. 

SLS Internship Program

The Serve-Learn-Sustain Internship Program’s inaugural summer is well underway!

Bridging Equity and Sustainability: Living Building Equity Champions

Read about the launch of Georgia Tech's Living Building Equity Champions initiative and the Kendeda Building's efforts to connect the campus and greater Atlanta community with equity-centered sustainability programs.


The Value of Green Building and Its Spillover Effects

The Georgia Institute of Technology has begun construction on one of the first “Living Buildings” in the Southeast that seeks to transform the local building and construction industry. Living Buildings (similar to other green building programs) achieve certification by accruing credits across a number of criteria. Living Buildings must produce more energy than they use, treat all water on-site, and be regenerative spaces that connect occupants to light, air, food, nature, and community.