Spring 2018 Event Series


Check out our exciting Spring 2018 Event Series, with a special focus on putting the Sustainable Development Goals into action.  Building on our Fall series, we continue to celebrate our new Greater Atlanta United Nations University Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE).

MLK Day of Service

Monday, January 15th, 7:45am - 1:30pm, Student Center Ballroom

Join SLS and Civic Engagement for one of two MLK Day of Service projects:  with the West Atlanta Land Trust or with Friends of Refugees.  The 8th annual MLK Day of Service continues Dr. King's legacy by fostering the national holiday's spirit of "A Day On, Not A Day Off" while also honoring the Georgia Tech motto: "Progress & Service."

Project 1: Westside Atlanta Land Trust

HELP Org Inc seeks to improve the quality of life of in-place residents by mobilizing its community-driven land trust program, Westside Atlanta Land Trust, affectionately called WALT by its members.  The mission of WALT is to organize the community's power for self-determination.  For more information about WALT, visit http://www.helporginc.org/walt-2015.html. 

Participants will assist with cleaning an outdoor classroom and learning garden by removing debris, assembling raised garden beds and painting. This work will provide beautification of a public greenspace.

**This is an outdoor project** Wear closed toed shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Bring a reusable water bottle and rain jacket, in case of rain.

Project 2: Friends of Refugees

Founded in 1995, Friends of Refugees works to empower refugees through opportunities for well-being, education, and employment.  Participants for this project will be helping to reset garden plots to prepare for the upcoming growing season.  This may include pulling apart fencing, moving logs or other tree materials, and marking new lines for the next year.

**This is an outdoor project** Wear closed toed shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Bring a reusable water bottle and rain jacket, in case of rain.  There are no bathrooms on site.

Check-in for BOTH projects begins at 7:45 at the Student Center Ballroom. The project will stretch from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, and meals (breakfast & lunch) and transportation are provided for participants.  Registration is limited.

SLS Information Session - What IS Serve-Learn-Sustain?

Tuesday, January 23rd, 11:00am - 12:00pm; Tuesday, January 30th, 5:00pm - 6:00pm; Thursday, February 1st, 11:00am - 12:00pm, Clough Lounge (Clough 205)


These info sessions will offer you the low-down on SLS: why we exist, what we do, and why you will want to get involved! We will talk about what sustainability and building sustainable communities means here at SLS and we will highlight SLS courses, projects, events, and service learning opportunities. You will hear from fellow students about what brought them to SLS and why SLS is a great choice for students from all of Tech's six colleges. And of course, there'll be choice SLS swag for you! 

National Center for Science and Civic Engagement: Science and Engineering for Social Good Conference

Friday, February 9th, 4:00pm - Sunday, February 11th, 12:00pm, Klaus Advanced Computing Building

This conference, open to faculty, staff, and graduate students, will explore strategies to build holistic approaches to education—for both STEM and non-STEM majors (e.g,. STEM-enhanced liberal arts as well as the implications of such highly interdisciplinary and global approaches for education, and the increasingly diverse and global workforce. Leading experts will focus on programs, strategies, and tools for building highly interdisciplinary STEM/STEM-related programs—for majors and non-majors. Presenters include GT SLS and the Vertically-Integrated Projects Program.

**SLS is pleased to announce that we will sponsor 4 faculty and 1 graduate student to attend. To apply, please mail us at serve-learn-sustain@gatech.edu, and tell us why you would like to attend and what you hope to gain from the conference.  Those selected for sponsorship will be required to submit a blog post for the SLS website about their conference experience and take-aways.

More Information & Registration: Here

Belo Monte and the Debate Over Sustainability and Human Rights in Development - featuring Political Scientist Vanessa Fajans-Turner 

Friday, February 16, 12:20pm - 1:10pm, Bunger-Henry, Room 380

Vanessa Fajans-Turner manages a diverse portfolio of climate change and sustainable energy initiatives as Assistant Director of the Avatar Alliance Foundation.  Read more about her work with the U.N. and global experiences here.

Co-sponsored by the Global Development Program

Part of the SLS U.N. SDG Series: Putting the Sustainable Development Goals Into Action (SDG #7 - Affordable and Clean Energy; SDG #13- Climate Action)

A Teaching Toolkit Workshop: Open House - Come Explore Our Tools!

Thursday, February 22nd, 11:00am - 12:00m, Clough Lounge (Clough 205)

Please join us for an informal gathering to discuss and explore the SLS Teaching Toolkit. The Teaching Toolkit provides a wealth of resources for instructors and students across disciplines who are interested in sustainability and/or service learning and engagement. Interested in the toolkit but not sure how to use it? Curious what tools might best suit your course? Wondering if you could work with SLS to contribute a new tool? Then this open house is for you. Come enjoy refreshments, talk with experts, and learn how the toolkit can improve your classroom. 

Interested in developing a teaching tool?  Check out the Global Media Festival Small Grant program for the development of teaching tools related to sustainability/sustainable communities and media.  Application deadline is February 26th!

Liam's Legacy Symposium: U.N. Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals - featuring Trisha Shetty, Founder and CEO, She Says and Rainier Mallol, Co-Founder and President, AIME 

Thursday, February 22nd, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, Clary Theater, Bill Moore Student Success Center (Reception to follow)

Join SLS and the RCE Youth Network to welcome two of the United Nations Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals, to Georgia Tech's campus, as they discuss their year working with the Office of the UN Secretary General's Envoy on Youth on efforts to engage young people in the realization of the Goals.  From India, Trisha Shetty's focuses her work on the Sustainable Development Goals related to Gender Equity.  Rainier Mallol, from the Dominican Republic, focuses his work on using big data to predict disease outbreaks.  The panel discussion will feature faculty panelists Dr. Jennifer Singh (Associate Professor, History and Sociology, Georgia Tech), and Dr. Rubina Malik (Career Development Coach, Assistant Professor, Business, Morehouse College), as well as student panelists Delaney Rickles (Civil Engineering undergraduate, Georgia Tech), Michael Bryan II (Environmental Engineering undergraduate, Georgia Tech), and Sienna Nordquist (Economics and International Studies undergraduate, Emory University).

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH TRISHA AND/OR RAINIER: Trisha and Rainier are also available to visit classes or meet with individuals or groups to discuss their work in more depth, this same day, Thurs. Feb. 22nd between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. If you would like to request a meeting, please email details to SLS Director Jennifer Hirsch

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.

Co-sponsored by the School of History and Sociology

Part of the SLS U.N. SDG Series: Putting the Sustainable Development Goals Into Action (SDG #3 - Good Health and Well-Being; SDG #5- Gender Equality; SDG #17 - Partnerships for the Goals)

Emory Sustainability Case Competition

Saturday, February 24th, Goizueta Business School, Emory University


The Emory Sustainability Case Competition is a unique multi-disciplinary case competition that brings dedicated and inquisitive students together to solve some of sustainability's most thought provoking issues.  Assigned teams will have one week to design an innovative solution to a real-world sustainability issue.  On the competition date, teams will present their solution to an expert panel of judges.  

All students' resumes are provided to the judges and sponsors.  In addition, all students are extended an invitation to the end of competition networking event, where they will be provided the chance to discuss relevant sustainability issues with the judges and sponsors.  Click the link below for more detailed information and to register.

Part of the SLS U.N. SDG Series: Putting the Sustainable Development Goals Into Action (SDG #17- Partnerships for the Goals)

What Does Sustainability Have to Do with Happiness?

Wednesday, February 28th, 4:30pm - 6:00pm, Clough Lounge (Clough 205)

A lot, it turns out! Come hear Dr. Scott Cloutier share his work developing the Sustainability through Happiness Framework and Sustainable Neighborhoods for Happiness™ (SNfH) project. He, his students, and team use a participatory, neighborhood-based research and development process in close collaboration with community partners.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH SCOTT: Scott is also available to visit classes or meet with individuals or groups to discuss his work in more depth, this same day, Wed. Feb. 28, between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM, and the following day, Thurs. March 1, between 9:00 and 10:30 AM and 12:00 and 3:00 PM. If you would like to request a meeting, please email details to SLS Director Jennifer Hirsch
Scott Cloutier is an Assistant Professor and Senior Sustainability Scholar in the Arizona State University School of Sustainability. He received his Ph.D. in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University and his Masters in Civil Engineering from University of New Hampshire.   Read his full bio here.  Click here and here to read two of his articles.
Co-sponsored by Project One.

Project One Workshop: What Do Happiness & Sustainability Mean to You?

Thursday, March 1st, 11:00am - 11:45am, Clough Lounge (Clough 205) (LUNCH PROVIDED)

What is the connection between happiness and sustainability—and how can we apply this connection to the Georgia Tech community? Students are invited to join us for a workshop (and lunch!) hosted by Dr. Scott Cloutier as we consider what happiness and sustainability mean for Georgia Tech, and how students can create a happier, more sustainable Tech community. The workshop is part of this year’s Project One, which is asking students to consider “What is Happiness?” We’ll discuss how happiness and sustainability are intertwined, how students might explore happiness through sustainability in their own lives, and what the happiness-sustainability connection means for Georgia Tech. 


SLS BUZZ Course: Stream Monitoring and Citizen Science - APPLICATION DEADLINE MARCH 1ST (5:00PM)

Kick Off: Healthy Ecosystems and Healthy Communities Workshop, Saturday, March 10th, 10:00am - 1:00pm (Lunch at 12:30pm), Grove Park Recreation Center (750 Francis Place, NW, Atlanta, 30318)
On Site Workshop Options (Proctor Creek) (You will only need to choose ONE of these):
Tuesday, March 13th, 12:30pm - 2:30pm, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Thursday, March 15th, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Tuesday, March 27th, 12:30pm - 2:30pm, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Thursday, March 29th, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Closing Session Share-out: Saturday, March 31st, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Bill Moore Student Success Center, Press Room B

Healthy ecosystems are directly linked to the health of the people in them. In this Buzz Course, a skill-building, experiential workshop series open to students, community members, faculty, and staff, we will examine the health of the Proctor Creek Watershed.  Guided by government officials from West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, US Fish and Wildlife (USFW), and Chatahoochee Riverkeeper, participants will learn to: identify the hallmarks of a healthy stream and engage with watershed history; be trained in using nationally-standardized tools and techniques for monitoring water quality and ecosystem health; collect data as a part of a national, long-term stream monitoring project; and share their findings through the presentation and development of materials which can be used after the course by the partners

The workshop will include field trips to local stream sampling sites, where participants may choose to dive-deep into data, or don waders and grab nets to directly take part in the sampling. Participants requiring physical accommodations on-site are welcome; please just let us know the nature of the adjustment we can provide.

Participants who complete ALL parts of the workshop will receive a "Certificate of Completion of Georgia Tech SLS Citizen Science Short Course in Stream Monitoring."

Presented by Serve-Learn-Sustain, in collaboration with West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and Chatahoochee Riverkeeper.



Greenprints Conference 2018

Monday, March 12th - Wednesday, March 14th; Georgia State University Student Center

Join SLS and Georgia Tech partner, Southface, for their annual Greenprints Conference. Individuals and organizations throughout the Southeast will gather to grow their networks and discuss innovative sustainability initiatives that shape a more equitable and prosperous world.  On the final morning of the conference, join us for the Greenprints Design Sprint (9am - 1pm), with a focus on the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and our newly formed regional sustainability network, the Greater ATL RCE.  The SDGs give Atlanta great tools and resources to tackle some of our area’s greatest opportunities. We’ll use those resources for our design sprint, which is designed to provide stakeholders with collaborative opportunities to challenge current thinking and develop solutions to advance our quality of life. During the Greenprints Design Sprint, you'll build on learning from day one and explore how you might approach solutions, collaboratively through our new network.

SLS will provide a limited number of scholarships/sponsorships for select attendees.  Please contact us at serve-learn-sustain@gatech.edu for more information.

Part of the SLS U.N. SDG Series: Putting the Sustainable Development Goals Into Action (SDG #3- Good Health and Well-Being; SDG # 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities)

Community Open House: Equity and the Living Building at Georgia Tech

Thursday, March 15th, 4:00pm - 6:00pm; Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB - Children's Healthcare Seminar Room, 1st floor)

How can a building advance equity and social justice? Join us for an open house featuring equity-related pilot projects for GT's new Living Building. Activities will include AR/VR building tours and presentations by The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion's Living Building Equity Champions

Read more about our Equity work here.  Read about the pilot projects here.  

A Teaching Toolkit Workshop: Case Studies - What Is A Sustainable Community?

Thursday, March 29th, 11:00am - 12:00pm, Clough Lounge (Clough 205)

Ever wondered what sustainable communities are, or how to teach your students about them? One of the most effective ways to think about sustainable communities in action is through case studies. The SLS teaching toolkit is steadily growing its case studies library, wherein you’ll find a number of resources about local and national sustainable communities. Please join this workshop to discuss existing case studies, learn our ideas for more, and make your own recommendations.  

Global Media Festival: Sustainability Across Languages and Cultures

Germany, March 28 - 30; China, April 1 - 2; France, April 2 - 4; Spain, April 11 - 12

SLS is excited to co-sponsor the 2nd year of the The Global Media Fest: Sustainability Across Languages and Cultures.  Join us as we present documentaries from across the globe, followed by panel discussions with the filmmakers and scholars to discuss sustainability issues around the world.  Come learn more about the role of the media in shaping ideas and debates associated with sustainability and global challenges. Our program for this year consists of 5 screenings featuring media from Germany, China, Bolivia, France, and the World. After each screening, we will have a discussion with the filmmakers followed by dinner. Come with your friends and learn more about the role of media in shaping ideas and debates associated with sustainability and global challenges.

Check the SLS Newsletter each week for information about upcoming films, or download the event flyer.


FACULTY RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT: Infrastructure, Equity, and Sustainable Development

Thursday, April 12th, 11:00am - 12:00pm. Clough Lounge (Clough 205)

Adjo Amekudzi-Kennedy (Civil and Environmental Engineering) and Brian Woodall (International Affairs) will share preliminary findings from their joint research on the enablers and obstacles to achieving regional prosperity in the U.S., Japan, and Denmark.

Part of the SLS U.N. SDG Series: Putting the Sustainable Development Goals Into Action (SDG #8- Decent Work and Economic Growth; SDG #10 - Reduced Inequalities; SDG #11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities; SDG #13 - Climate Action)

Doing Business in Rwanda - featuring Economic Researcher and Entrepreneur Nikkan Coleman

Friday, April 13th, 12:20pm - 1:10pm, Bunger-Henry, Room 380

Nikken Coleman will describe his experience establishing a new water and sanitation business venture in Rwanda. The venture, which imports equipment from a variety of locations, is designed to address Rwanda’s growing plumbing supplies demand.

Co-sponsored by the Global Development Program

Part of the SLS U.N. SDG Series: Putting the Sustainable Development Goals Into Action (SDG #6 - Clean Water and Sanitation; SDG #9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure)

Course Design Off-Campus Studio Session (Part of SLS' April Course Design Extravaganza!)

Monday, April 16th, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Grove Park Foundation Office, 1562 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy, NW, Atlanta, 30318

Studio Sessions will give faculty and students a glimpse into some of our most exciting community engaged courses and initiatives. 

SLS Spring Student Showcase (Part of SLS' April Course Design Extravaganza!)

Tuesday, April 17th, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, Klaus Atrium

The SLS Student Showcase will feature projects that engage:

We seek a diversity of projects (posters, videos, prototypes, etc.), and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded in the form of gift cards.  

KSU Community Impact Challenge

Saturday, April 21st, 8:00am - 5:00pm, Kennesaw State University

Using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, student teams will present projects designed to make a recommendation around mitigating a critical social issue in the State of Georgia, as identified and researched by the student team over the course of the spring semester.  Student teams interested in applying for the competition should register by January 31st here

Part of the SLS U.N. SDG Series: Putting the Sustainable Development Goals Into Action (SDG #3- Good Health and Well-Being)

Faculty Showcase and Partner Meet 'N Greet (Part of SLS' April Course Design Extravaganza!)

Wednesday, April 25th, 11:00am - 1:30pm, Clough Lounge (Clough 205)

The Faculty Showcase will feature affiliated faculty and their courses from across all six colleges and will give attendees the chance to get course development inspiration and guidance.  The Partner Meet 'n Greet will immediately follow and will offer attendees an opportunity to network and brainstorm for Fall 2018. 

Course Design Month Closing Coffee Hour (Part of SLS' April Course Design Extravaganza!)

Monday, April 30th, 9:00am - 10:00am, Clough Lounge (Clough 205)

Faculty attending the Closing Coffee Hour will share course development plans and partner collaboration strategies they've drawn from course development month activities.