Where Are We Going?

            This spring, I was generously sponsored by Serve-Learn-Sustain to attend the second annual Aglanta conference. The event was a joint effort by Agritecture Consulting, the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Resilience, and Southern Company, bringing together stakeholders in government, industry, and non-profits to discuss the future of urban agriculture in smart cities. The conference focused on seven intersections of agriculture with smart cities: resource management, operations, finance, education, distribution, retail, and urban development.

Lessons from the Land of Fire and Ice

Iceland is a magical place. A land filled with contrasts and extremes. A land filled with volcanos, and at the same time covered in glaciers. A land of people who believe in mythical creatures like trolls, ogres, and elves, and all the while possess an incredibly adept knowledge of the inner workings of their energy supply. A land with only 350,000 inhabitants, and a virtually unlimited supply of energy.

Southern Highlands of Iceland

Citizen Scientists Gathering Information to Inform Policy Decisions in West Atlanta

The Saporta Report, an online news site dedicated to civic and business issues in Atlanta and beyond, recently published a guest column co-authored by SLS-affiliated instructor Emily Weigel, SLS partner Na'Taki Osborne Jelks, and SLS Service Learning and Partnerships Specialist Ruthie Yow.  The column focuses on citizen science initiatives with Georgia Tech students and community organizations and residents on Atlanta's Westside.&nbsp

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!