Happy New Semester to All! We are excited to announce our Fall Event Series. This year at SLS, we’re embracing -- and exploring --  the call to “Think Global, Act Local.”  Within that broad theme, SLS’s focus this semester is Community Health. It is both our Linked Courses theme, as well as the guiding concept for the Event Series, so you’ll see several health-related events in our calendar.  In the list, we have included our own SLS events as well as those sponsored by our partners on and off campus. Along with Community Health, the Event Series engages SLS’s six other Priority Issue Areas: Social Innovation; Climate Change and Energy; Equitable Development; Water, Green Infrastructure, and Citizen Science; Civic Data; and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. 

We have a compelling line-up and can’t wait to see you, share ideas, and build momentum to Create Sustainable Communities together!

Check out our full Fall Event list here.

I especially encourage you to think about participating in these opportunities, all of which have limited capacity—so sign up early!:

  • Thursday, SEPTEMBER 20TH: Liam's Legacy Symposium: Energy, Justice, and Community Health with Khalil Shahyd and Diana Hernandez

10:45am - 11:45am (Morning Session); 12:00pm - 1:00pm (Lunch); 1:00pm - 2:30pm, All Sessions in Clough Lounge  RSVP REQUIRED - SPACE LIMITED

The Fall 2018 Liam's Legacy Symposium examines the theme of "energy justice," the challenge of how to provide affordable, safe and reliable energy for all. The invited speakers focus on interlocking issues of energy justice and community health through their research and policy work. Khalil Shahyd is a Senior Policy Advocate at the National Resources Defense Council. His work is focused on the Energy Efficiency for All Project, which encourages utilities to fund energy efficiency programs for affordable multifamily housing. Diana Hernandez is an Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University. She studies the intersections between the built environment, inequality, and health with an emphasis on energy insecurity.

About Liam Rattray & Liam's Legacy:

The Liam's Legacy Symposium honors the memory of Liam Rattray, an outstanding and socially-committed Georgia Tech Honors Program student who was tragically killed by a drunk driver just a few weeks after his graduation, in 2011.  We mourn his death, but we also celebrate his life in this annual event that carries his name and draws upon his legacy of engagement and activism.


  • Wednesday, OCTOBER 10th: Global Goals:: Atlanta Progress

6:30pm-9pm, National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Join us to celebrate and launch RCE Greater Atlanta, our new regional sustainability network acknowledged by the United Nations University in December 2017 as a Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development - the 6th in the U.S. and the 164th in the world. Learn how leaders across sectors recognize RCE Greater Atlanta as an asset for the region:

Meet members contributing towards the SDGs locally

Explore the exhibits of the Center through the lens of the SDGs, and

Interact with changemakers across all sectors around sustainable development topics most relevant to our region



  • Wednesday, OCTOBER 17TH (KICKOFF): SLS BUZZ Course: 4-Day Skills Workshop - Social Innovation for Sustainable Communities

4 sessions between October 17th and November 28th, Various Locations


This Buzz Course is presented by Serve-Learn-Sustain, and The Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Scheller College of Business, with our community partner, the Center for Civic Innovation. Social Innovation is all the rage right now. Come learn what the buzz is all about! This short course will introduce you to the basics of innovation as a tool for social impact and expose you to some of Atlanta’s experienced and burgeoning civic entrepreneurs - problem solvers working locally to tackle large-scale challenges in new and creative ways. It is intended for students who want to understand what social innovation is and explore how to recognize and support innovative ideas – or, if they wish, become social entrepreneurs themselves.


  • Thursday, NOVEMBER 29TH: Teaching Toolkit Workshop: Climate Change, Health, and Equity

10:45am - 11:45am (Clough Lounge)

This workshop will highlight teaching tools that address climate science, health, and equity. Attending faculty will learn from and with Professor Emanuele Massetti (Public Policy) whose research engages environmental economics, and PhD Candidate Kevin Lanza (SCaRP), the mastermind behind two new tools related to climate and equity: Urban Heat Islands and the Georgia Tech Climate Network and the 1995 Chicago Heat Wave.



Please reach out with any questions! We looking forward to seeing you,

Ruthie (ruth.yow@gatech.edu)