Winners!! Results of the SLS Faculty Sustainable Communities Teaching Awards, 2021: People’s Choice Selection

A big THANK YOU to all who participated in the 2021 SLS teaching award selection by reading through the entries and voting!

We invited faculty who have been teaching SLS-affiliated courses during the pandemic to submit short write-ups describing how they successfully pivoted their courses in the context of COVID-19.  We received eleven entries across four colleges that described challenges, joys, and victories experienced while incorporating sustainability and/or community engagement into teaching amidst the challenges of the pandemic.  

How is the coronavirus pandemic affecting climate change?

We’re traveling less and staying at home more. Is it helping or hurting the environment? This past fall, MPR News host Angela Davis spoke with Dr. Kim Cobb, Georgia Tech professor of earth and atmospheric sciences and Paul Huttner, MPR's chief meterologist, on how the pandemic is affecting climate change.  Listen to that interview HERE.

Teaching Climate Change Humor during the Pandemic

The biggest concern I had in 2019 when planning my SLS English 1101 class—"This is fine: Humor, Media, and Climate Change”—was climate change. I hardly expected the focus on humor would also serve to help my students and I weather one of the worst pandemics in recent memory. But the class’s emphasis on humor as a persuasive tool gave us another way to think through the pandemic and its parallels to climate change, especially as we discussed environmental justice.     

SLS Faculty Sustainable Communities Teaching Awards, 2021: People’s Choice Selection

Teaching over the past several semesters has looked very different than in years past. Faculty at Georgia Tech and around the world have invested enormous energy and endless hours in reshaping courses, pedagogy, and community engagement to support student learning safely during the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, at SLS we felt it appropriate to do some re-designing ourselves with respect to this year’s teaching awards.

Semester in the City: Better Engineering, and Everything Else, Through Listening

History and Sociology Assistant Professor Todd Michney reflects on his SLS affiliated Fall 2020 Semester in the City course, focused on helping students understand the experiences of residents in the Westside Atlanta communities that border the Georgia Tech campus.  Although students in the course, which has been taught for over 10 years, would normally do in-person field work with residents in these communities, Dr.

SLS Signature Partner: Center for Civic Innovation

SLS is excited to announce a new partnership category, Signature Partners, and the first SLS Signature Partner organization: Center for Civic Innovation (CCI). During Spring semester 2020, SLS staff worked with the SLS Partnership Advisory Council (PAC) to expand and revise the SLS Partnership Strategy.

Welcoming Spaces: Voices of Clarkston Youth

How does one design a facility that feels welcoming to folks whose origins represent more than 100 different ethnic groups from around the world?

Tech's Kendeda Building featured among world's problem-solving structures

Looking for something interesting to watch over the holidays?  A video produced by BBC Storyworks and presented by the World Green Building Council has begun airing about Georgia Tech’s Kendeda Building in a series about buildings around the globe that advance concepts of sustainability and equity.  Read more about this engaging series in a recent Saporta Report article HERE.


SLS Wins National Campus Sustainability Achievement Award

Serve-Learn-Sustain was announced as a winner of the 2020 Campus Sustainability Achievement award by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) during the AASHE awards ceremony on December 3rd.  The Campus Sustainability Achievement Award honors higher education institutions for the successful implementation of projects that significantly advance sustainability.  SLS was recognized for our Affiliated Courses Program.  Please read more about the AASHE awards on their website