SLS is offering two Foundation classes for the Fall 2019 semester, and three Foundation classes for the Spring 2020 semester: Sustainability, Technology, and Policy (PUBP3600) (Fall 2019), Tech and Sustainable Communities (SLS 3110) (Fall 2019), Foundations of Sustainable Systems (SLS 3120) (Spring 2020), Sustainable Urban Development (CP 2233) (Spring 2020), and Business Decisions for Sustainability and Shared Value (MGT 4803) (Spring 2020).
The Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain looks for ways to help students learn how to address sustainable communities issues in and out of the classroom. Thousands of Georgia Tech students have already taken an SLS affiliated course, and many have learned about or participated in projects addressing social equity and key infrastructure developments around the Atlanta community, including projects associated with the Beltline, and the Old Fourth Ward water detention basin. Read below for more sustainable communities news.
In New Your City, gentrifying neighborhoods show a new interesting trend in classrooms. When a diverse group of children learn together, there is higher academic achievement, a reduction in racial prejudice, and an increase in civic engagement than if children learn in a homogeneous socio-economic environment. Read about what New York City is doing to encourage racial and socio-economic diversity in its public schools on CityLab.
In Cape Town, city leaders meet to discuss how to plan the city to be able to handle the influx of people by considering smart, efficient design. As the smart infrastructure market grows by more than 20% a year, world leaders look into how their cities can finance this kind of innovation.
Denver now gets to claim its place as one of American's most walkable cities, coming second only to New York City. The city has recently experienced a growth in employment in its downtown area, causing city planners to spring into action to reduce the need for driving in its downtown area and attempt to make travel routes more bike- and foot-traffic friendly. This article opens up a conversation about how to make a city feel more walkable, and what Denver's planners are looking to do in the years ahead.
Boston's adjacent cities let the rest of America look into what our currently sprawling cities may become: "networks of dense, urbanized communities built around core cities, and connected by non-car transit options like light rail, buses, and bike infrastructure." This article discusses how raising wages for workers to allow them to live where they work and building more mized use, walkable areas can decrease the need for transportation to and from surrounding suburban areas.