This two-day hybrid workshop will develop, synthesize, and assess ideas for a national interdisciplinary social sciences and behavioral research program to support an efficient and equitable clean energy transition in the industrial sector. The session on Monday from 1:30-2:30 – The Crucial Role of Just Process for Equitable Industrial Decarbonization: A Social Science Research Agenda – will center on a paper on this topic commissioned by NASEM, co-authored by Jennifer Hirsch from Georgia Tech with five other authors from around the country. Jennifer will present on the paper for 15 minutes at the beginning of the session. This paper, along with three others commissioned for this workshop, can be found on the more


SCoRE is excited to share a themed volume of Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagementjust published, for which SCoRE Senior Director Jenny Hirsch is a guest editor and co-author on the Introduction, and Associate Director Ruthie Yow is an article author. The volume focuses on scholars and practitioners working at the intersection of community-based research and asset-based community development. In the editors' introduction, co-written by Jenny Hirsch, Margaret Malone (University of Technology Sydney), and Mark Chupp (Case Western Reserve University), the authors focus on the five key themes that thread through the featured… more


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The Building for Equity and Sustainability VIP is seeking new members and you could be one of them! We are currently working on a project in partnership with the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance to construct an outdoor classroom and aid in placekeeping, a practice aiming to maintain the social fabric of the area, in the West End. The team is broken into two sub-teams, with the outdoor classroom project currently in the second stage of design, with current iterations awaiting review by WAWA Staff before we make final edits to the designs before we begin the construction process. Our work aims to have Afro-Futurist design elements incorporated into the structure and overall outdoor space of the Outdoor… more


RCE Greater Atlanta recently published an article recapping the 12th Annual RCE Americas Meeting held in Atlanta, September 27th - 29th.

In the realm of sustainability, action emerges from the rich tapestry of discourse, weaving together diverse perspectives and experiences. The 2023 RCE Americas Meeting stood as a vibrant forum, where individuals gathered from all around the Americas to exchange views, share ideas, and delve into the discourse of sustainability. The participation of working professionals, academics, and students created a productive dialogue among the many panels, presentations, and workshops held over the three-day meeting. Each cohort was able to contribute a unique perspective on how sustainability plays a role in their own work, creating an environment where mutual learning fostered collective growth amongst attendees.

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As the Center for Sustainable Communities Research and Education (SCoRE) prepares to host Professor Juan Lucena for our Liam's Legacy 2023 Symposium: Humanitarian Engineering with Juan Lucena on Thursday, October 5th, we wanted to highlight our three Community Engaged Technology student fellows.  These students have been integral in the development and planning of this event.  We hope you can join us!

Who are the Community Engaged Technology Fellows?

My name is Sophia Ebbutt and I am a fourth-year Environmental Engineering student at Georgia Tech. I am passionate about creating sustainable and resilient water infrastructure. The CET Fellowship at SCoRE aligns with my interest in engineering for social good and has allowed me to develop my interest and learn more about how I can apply it impactfully. It has also been an excellent opportunity to… more


A recent article published by the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business highlights Garry Harris, founder and managing director of Center for Sustainable Communities, a signature partner of Serve-Learn-Sustain and the Center for Sustainable Communities Research and Education (SCoRE).  

In high school, Garry Harris (MSEEM ’22) earned the nickname, “Do It All Harris,” by competing in six track and field events, as opposed to one (which is typical). Garry’s life and career have been marked by an ability to move seamlessly across multiple interests. He has combined his passions for energy, sustainability, and community in order to pursue the humble goal he set out to achieve as an entrepreneur – “to save the world.” Garry is committed to pursuing global sustainable development as founder and managing director of the Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC), and president and CEO of the… more


The application for the second cohort of the SDG Futures Fellowship, a program launched last year by RCE Greater Atlanta, has opened. Co-led by staff and students from Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State, the program will run from October 2023 - April 2024.  The fellowship will have both in-person and virtual events over the course of the program, and feature project partnership and engagement with RCE Greater Atlanta community partners.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Any Youth (18-29) from any of the 11 RCE GA Affiliated HEIs interested in Sustainable/Professional Development are invited to apply. Our goal is to select 1 - 2 fellows from each HEI. Young professionals interested in transitioning to sustainability careers may also apply to the SDG Futures Fellowship.

PROGRAM GOALS

  1. Educate students about the UN SDGs through a justice and equity lens 

  2. Expose students to SDG-related problems and solutions both… more


Ridoine Idrissou is an undergraduate Computer Science student who participated in the SLS Sustainable Communities Summer 2023 internship program as an intern for the Center for Sustainable Communities.  This text was originally published in his Linked In feed and can be found here.

Over the past few months, I've had the honor of being part of something truly impactful. As a JUST Science Scholar and Intern at the Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC), a nonprofit dedicated to merging STEM with social justice, I've been on an exhilarating ride of innovation and purpose.

I proudly worked on not one, but two major projects that left me inspired and empowered. Crafting a dynamic newsletter for CSC and contributing to the inception of the National Environmental Justice Institute were… more


Dr. Brigitte Stepanov is a war researcher and Assistant Professor of Francophone Studies. She is the founder and director of the Energy Today Lab, an interdisciplinary research hub that reflects creatively and analytically on the energy - broadly defined from labor to thermodynamics - of our contemporary world.

Swann Community Library
Swann Community Library

Dr. Brigitte Stepanov and the students in her Spring 2023 "French and Francophone Media and Film" course (FREN 4246/8803) recently established a community library on campus in the Swann Building.  With a grant from SLS, they were able to purchase used… more


As fall semester inches closer, we wanted to highlight a couple of ongoing, exciting opportunities, as well as one brand new course for your consideration during Phase II registration!

The Sustainable Cities Minor

If you are contemplating a minor, take a close gander at the SLS-affiliated Sustainable Cities Minor! The minor in Sustainable Cities emphasizes sustainability, community engagement, and social justice. 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. You can learn more about the minor, and all the details on how to integrate into your present course of study, by visiting SCARP… more