This Spring I was blessed with the opportunity to participate in an Undoing Racism Community Organizing Workshop appetizer through the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. The session was donated to the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA) with whom I am working this Summer through the Serve-Learn-Sustain Summer Internship Program.
SLS summer interns Juliette Goff and Jennie Baker write about their experience attending the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot's 20th Annual Family Food Fest, held in celebration of Juneteenth and Father's Day, through their work with Garry Harris, director of Center for Sustainable Communities, a signature partner of SLS.
The partnerships that SLS staff support between Georgia Tech faculty and community-based organizations get started in a variety of ways. Sometimes, a faculty member gets in touch with us about a great idea for a partnership, requesting some help identifying the right match. At other times, community-based groups find SLS through networks of sustainability and equity professionals such as the RCE Greater Atlanta.
Several months ago, long-time SLS community partner West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, or WAWA, reached out to SLS to see if we might help identify students with the skills to assist with a project WAWA was engaged in to assess the feasibility of tree planting to mitigate flooding in the Atlanta University Center (AUC) area, home to Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and Morehouse School of Medicine.
Atticus Lemahieu is a graduating 5th year Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Student. He has worked with SLS as a student fellow since his second semester at Tech. Now, as he prepares to graduate, Atticus reflects on his time with the Center and how it shaped his college path.
As we grow closer to 2030 (the deadline for the United Nations’ Agenda for Sustainable Development), the job market for sustainability-related careers will also grow. The ongoing climate crisis, increasing awareness around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and changes in employee and consumer ethics are few of the many reasons why businesses and organizations are adopting sustainable practices or making sustainability the primary focus of their work.
In a recent article in Saporta Report, Georgia Tech associate professor Carl DiSalvo writes about the creation of DataWorks, part of the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech, in the College of Computing. Through DataWorks, young adults are hired and trained in entry-level data science skills, such as cleaning and formatting data, using tools ranging from off-the shelf spreadsheet software to custom scripts in programming lan