SLS Open House: Sustainable Cities Minor and Innovating for Social Impact Program

September 30, 2019

Join SLS staff, along with faculty, staff, and student representatives, to learn more about the Sustainable Cities Minor and the Innovating for Social Impact programs.  The Open House will take place on Thursday, October 3rd, from 5:00pm - 6:00pm in the Clough Lounge (Clough 205).  Stop by to speak with someone about these programs, and enjoy some pizza!

The SLS Innovating for Social Impact Program is an experiential program, offered in partnership with The Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Scheller College of Business, that introduces students to social innovation as a tool for social impact, with an emphasis on social entrepreneurship, grassroots innovation, and systems change. It is unique at Georgia Tech in its flexibility: it is open to undergraduate and graduate students in any major, has no prerequisites, and allows students to combine courses and co-curricular experiences - and can even be completed through co-curricular experiences alone, for students who have no extra room in their course schedules.

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences major Kian Halim participated in the Fall 2018 SLS Social Innovation Buzz Course, which fulfills the LEARN requirement for the Innovating for Social Impact Program. At the end of the course, he shared: “I established real connections with local organizations and learned how to think in ways that I would not normally.” Industrial Engineering major Margarita Groisman said of the Buzz Course: “This course expanded my horizons by allowing me to learn what social innovation really is and how it comes in many forms. It inspired me to be mindful about my actions and the world around me, and gave me the opportunity to come together with a diverse group of students all with the common goal of creating more sustainable communities.”

The Sustainable Cities Minor, offered in partnership with the School of City and Regional Planning, emphasizes both sustainability and community engagement.  It provides students with a deep learning experience that integrates classroom learning and real-world, community-based project experience in creating sustainable communities, with a focus on the built urban environment.  Civil Engineering major Adair Garrett states,"I chose the minor because I was interested in incorporating sustainability into my studies in a very focused way.  I am also very interested in city planning since it complements my civil engineering background well.  I have thought a lot about focusing on transportation engineering, and I love that the Sustainable Cities Minor offers classes that give multi-disciplinary supplements to my very technically-focused approach to city design.  Also, I love that it is a very easy way to meet like-minded people who are passionate about environmental and social sustainability."  Donald Gee, Civil Engineering major and Stamps President's Scholar adds, "I chose the Sustainable Cities Minor because I am studying Civil Engineering and am interested in working at the intersection of cities, agriculture, and water. The coursework in the Sustainable Cities minor has helped diversify my classes beyond engineering into learning about the economics and policy that is required to make civil engineering systems more sustainable."

Stop by and check out these exciting programs!