This journaling tool, based on a lesson created by Yelena Rivera-Vale and Kristina Chatfield, introduces first year students to Georgia Tech’s efforts to create a sustainable campus community.
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Sustainability at Georgia Tech: Campus Tour and Journaling Activity
ReGenesis Case Study: Chemical Safety & Ethics in Relation to Communities
This tool explores the principle that environmental health impacts are a function of the inherent risk multiplied by exposure. In chemical processes we have become better at managing inherent risk, but we also have a significant legacy of mismanagement.
SLS Case Study: Maker Culture and Sustainable Transportation (GT Mechanical Engineering)
While recycling is a time-honored tradition of the environmentally-conscious, an equally powerful way to build sustainable communities is by learning to reuse and repair damaged materials.
Living Infrastructure: The Atlanta BeltLine
This tool uses stakeholder mapping to explore the various entities that influence and benefit from infrastructure projects. Through a short presentation and reading, students will learn about one specific infrastructure project: the Atlanta BeltLine.
Urban Farming & Community Gardens
Starting a community garden in an abandoned vacant lot is a good way to address blight in a neighborhood. This project builds on the dataset of Westside Atlanta property surveys and walks the students through the process of starting a community garden to selling its produce on farmers markets.
Beyond the Haircut: A University Barbershop Case Study (GT Business)
The University Barbershop stands at the corner of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and James P Brawley Drive in Atlanta, GA. Established in 1956, it is one of the oldest barbershops in America.
This is a collection of assignments around the problem of rodent infestation in cities, which has become a pressing problem following the mild winters in 2015-16.
SLS is privileged to collaborate with dedicated faculty across Georgia Tech. Working within various disciplines, these faculty are committed to teaching their students about sustainable communities.
Multidisciplinary Case Studies
The annotated case studies below are well-suited to courses across Georgia Tech that hope to engage their students in sustainability. Review the options available for your class, and don’t hesitate to recommend a new case study to SLS!
This tool provides an overview of concept maps, and how to use them. Concept maps (CMaps) are diagrams that represent organized knowledge. They are a useful tool for assessing student knowledge over the course of a project, module, or course.
Readings, Videos, and Resources about Social Innovation
The Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain aims to help students create sustainable communities, where humans and nature flourish in the present and future. One SLS Priority area concerning sustainable communities is Social Innovation, which focuses on instigating change and progress in social areas.
Community Engagement Preparation and Reflection Tool
This tool provides instructors with two assignments that 1) prepare students to engage with community partners, and 2) allow students to reflect upon their community engagement experience.
Business Case Studies
The annotated case studies below are well-suited to business courses across the Scheller College of Business. Review the options available for your class, and don’t hesitate to recommend a new case study to SLS!
MARTA: The History and Future of Transportation in Atlanta
This is a collection of assignments about public transportation in Atlanta.
In recent years, a variety of disciplines in the sciences have made achieving sustainability one of their foundational values. Scholars within these disciplines have devoted their expertise to developing programs and campaigns for achieving a more sustainable world.
London Olympic Park Stadium
Multi-Criteria Decision Matrix Exercise
Responsible and Sustainable Creativity: Working with the Georgia Tech Invention Studio
This tool is developed from ideas used by Yelena Rivera-Vale and Kristina Chatfield in their GT 1000 courses.
Raising Awareness Through Poster Design
It's one thing to be able to articulate what sustainability means, and it's another thing to be able to communicate your ideas through visual design, but this poster design tool does both.
Learning More About Community Organizations
This presentation tool, based on a lesson created by Yelena Rivera-Vale and Kristina Chatfield for their GT 1000 course, introduces first year students to community organizations working on initiatives in the local Atlanta area.
The Smart, Sustainable Neighborhood: A Case Study (GT Business)
In this case study, gas and electric utility holding company Southern Company has embarked on an ambitious experiment to learn more about energy usage at a household level, as well as community-scale microgrids.
Engineering Case Studies
The annotated case studies included in this tool are well-suited to engineering courses across the College of Engineering. Review the options available for your class, and don’t hesitate to recommend a new case study to SLS!
Design Case Studies
The annotated case studies below are well-suited to Design courses across the College of Design. Review the options available for your class, and don’t hesitate to recommend a new case study to SLS!