SLO 4 - Students will be able to describe how they can use their discipline to make communities more sustainable

Intergenerational Policy

How many of today's leaders and citizens remember the Constitution's Preamble mandate to "secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves AND our posterity"? Perhaps it's not possible to design such a balance: doing so requires an awareness of intergenerational ethics, an ability to build long-term benefits and costs into our current policy analyses, a realistic understanding of the capabilities of our social and political institutions, and knowledge about the cognitive limits of humans to perceive and plan for future decades.

Introduction to Engineering Graphics

Learn graphics and CAD tools through socio-technical project-based learning with Motivational Designs for Sustainability. Design based activities that incorporate social justice and sustainability are engaged by both individual and team projects.

The Cultural History of Trees and the Tech Tower White Oak

In a recent episode of the television series Ted Lasso, Beard (Ted’s assistant coach) name-drops Suzanne Simard in a random comment. Prior to that conversation, he is seen reading Merlin Sheldrake’s recent book Entangled Life. Sheldrake and Simard study the complex interactions between trees, plants, fungi, and bacteria— work that points toward different research models and questions how we conceptualize life. Other scholars across many fields have in the last decade begun to rethink the complex entanglements of human and non-human lives, with trees figuring prominently.

Technical Communication and Environmental Justice

Even as the proliferation of new media platforms has made it possible for activists and community organizations to publicize the causes and consequences of climate change to a broader audience than ever before, the overlap of environmental degradation and racism remains underrepresented.

Foundations of Human Computer Interaction

The theme of the course this year is sustainability. The course, however, is limited to first year MS-HCI students.

Chemical Engineering of Energy Systems

The course addresses the engineering of energy systems from a process engineering perspective and therefore requires energy equity literacy and design solution skills.  Energy is one of the key drivers of social and economic development.  The inequitable access of communities across the globe to energy is reflected in their relative well being.  Showing how to develop designs of systems as different scales and with different technological mixes is a key sustainability enabler.

Policy, Trends, and Ethics in Real Estate Development

The course will focus on the application of market, community, and regulatory factors into successful housing design and construction. The class will explore decisions that will occur day to day associated with the pendulum swing from profitability to safety and sustainability. 

The course is partnered with  local nonprofits to provide opportunities for experiential learning. Partnerships will show how thoughtful development can produce meaningful community results, a sustainable product, and increased profitability.

Work, Equity, and Wellness

In this course, students learn about and reflect on the historical and present-day intersections of work, racial equity, and wellness. Weekly class discussions are supported by readings, podcasts, and documentaries. Guided by the philosophy of scholars such as Audre Lorde and bell hooks – to heal self on the path to healing society- students will be invited to connect to course content by reflecting on how it resonates with personal and organizational experiences.

Field Work Abroad (Local Sustainability Practices)

NOTE: This course is taught at Georgia Tech Lorraine (GTL) in Metz, France.

Sustainability, Technology, and Policy

The goal of this course is to provide a solid introduction to the concept of sustainable growth and development. Students will learn how to professionally navigate the current debate on sustainability and to assess strategies to promote sustainable communities and a sustainable planet. The course will blend qualitative and quantitative analysis of sustainable development, with large use of data analysis to measure progress towards sustainable development.

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