This tool uses the ReGenesis case study from Spartanburg, South Carolina, to explore what it means to “create sustainable communities” through broad stakeholder engagement. Spartanburg was found to be experiencing higher levels of health issues due to chemical plants and other polluting factors in the area. ReGenesis, a community-based organization led by community member Harold Mitchell – now a member of the South Carolina legislature – worked with the EPA to use their Collaborative Problem Solving methodology to expose the inequity and turn the community around.
This tool was contributed by Kari Watkins and Delaney Rickles. The affiliated case study, "ReGenesis—A Practical Application of the CPS Model," was written by the EPA.
The Atlanta BeltLine is one of the most important urban renewal projects of the 21st century. In this case study, read about the ambitions, successes, and struggles of this project, now in its 12th year. Serve-Learn-Sustain interprets sustainable communities as integrated systems, wherein environmental, economic, and social factors all inform each other. As you read this case study, consider these terms as discrete factors, but also as connected. This tool was contributed by Dr. Bethany Jacobs.
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. Today, it remains an important center where local boys find mentorship, and patrons find community. In this case study, barber LaTeef Majaliwa contemplates the unique position of University Barbershop, and wonders how he can strength community impact while also meeting the economic needs of the barbershop and its employees.
Lateef Majaliwa (University Barbershop) and Bob Myers (Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business) created this case to stimulate discussion around sustainable communities and business. It was supported by the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain and the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology. (July 2017)
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!
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!
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!
Serve-Learn-Sustain case studies are designed to provide real-world examples of sustainable community-building for instructors. Case studies featured in our Teaching Toolkit are of two types. Some are written by faculty in specific disciplinary styles, while SLS' in-house case studies are intended for use in any discipline. We are always looking for new case studies and encourage you to submit one related to your work! Your case study should suit the disciplinary standards of your field. You can refer to our in-house Atlanta BeltLine Case Study as a template, or look at other examples of discipline-specific case studies, for inspiration on writing one that suits your field and your style. Download the tool at the link above for more guidelines.
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. It emphasizes the social aspect of community building and the importance of buying local.
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. The assignments are designed to 1) develop mapping and data analysis skills, 2) give meaningful ideas for application prototyping, and 3) foster thinking about community engagement. This is based on an up-to-date (2017) dataset of rat sightings in New York City and an on-going collaboration between Georgia Tech and the community of English Avenue.