Beginning in 2015, Georgia Tech engaged in a five-year process to implement its Quality Enhancement Plan. With nearly $7 million in funding, the plan aimed to “equip students with the knowledge and capabilities to effectively address sustainability challenges and interrelated community-level societal needs in their professions and their civic lives.” Its primary mechanism was integrating experiential, community-based partnerships on sustainability into the undergraduate curriculum.
In the wake of racial justice protests this past summer, countless organizations, institutions, and important figures in our society have responded and made commitments, Georgia Tech included. Different units of the Institute responded to this peak in social unrest with action. Why is it important that we identify and recognize these efforts? The answer is twofold.
A new semester is upon us, one that will be impacted by the forces that shaped 2020—the interlocking climate change, racial justice, and economic justice crises remain powerfully relevant to our lives and studies. As many of you seek to take positive action through educating yourself on issues such as the roots of systemic inequity, and collaborative ways to combat climate change, this is a good moment to survey the offerings of SLS-affiliated courses with an eye to classes focused on ecology, race, and economics. Several courses affiliated with&
In a recent guest column in Saporta Report, Georgia Tech research scientist Lalith Polepeddi writes about the impact of COVID-19 on carbon emissions from air travel. He specifically looks at the reduction in business travel at Georgia Tech and the impact on our air travel emission reduction while considering the business and research implications as well as long-term negative impacts as a result of the change in flying behavior. R
Since joining the faculty of the Writing and Communication Program, Darcy worked closely with Serve-Learn-Sustain. I remember researching the incoming Brittain Fellow cohort, reading with excitement about Darcy’s field-defining scholarship on food rhetorics and her commitment to food equity and hoping that she would find an intellectual and pedagogical home with SLS. We are so honored and fortunate that she did.
SLS continues to seek ways to support faculty and students in their efforts to learn more about the roots of racial inequity, in Atlanta and beyond. One of the ways that we do so is through resources and tools available through the SLS website.
Join faculty, staff, and student participants to learn more about the Sustainable Cities Minor and the Innovating for Social Impact program. The Open House will take place on Wednesday, October 7, from 5:30pm - 6:30pm in Bluejeans. Please join us to have your questions answered about these exciting programs!