Sustainable Communities Focus of Undergraduate Education Plan

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Georgia Tech is laying the groundwork for its next undergraduate learning focus, which will provide students the opportunities to learn and serve around the theme “creating sustainable communities.”

The initiative known as Serve•Learn•Sustain is Tech’s newest Quality Enhancement Plan, an essential component for reaffirmation of accreditation where a university must develop a long-term plan of action that tangibly supports student learning and reflects the institute’s mission.

Building upon Tech’s traditional disciplinary excellence, Serve•Learn•Sustain will improve undergraduate education by developing academic courses and experiences that combine community involvement with sustainability. By focusing on global challenges in critical areas of energy, environment, water resources, food security, and global health, students will have the opportunity to make service contributions based on their disciplinary expertise, bringing renewed meaning to Tech’s motto, “Progress and Service.”

To increase broad exposure, Tech will begin to blend sustainability and community engagement content into its curriculum. Upperclassmen who opt to delve more deeply into the topics will have additional structured learning experiences to choose from, to complement their academic program. Over time, Tech graduates will not only have a deep understanding of the environmental, social, and cultural impact of their profession, but also be capable of effectively addressing community-level sustainability challenges in their professional and civic lives. 

A kickoff event on March 3 will feature a brief formal presentation and informal discussion on the new initiative. All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend.

Serve•Learn•Sustain formally begins in 2016. Learn more about the plan and provide feedback at




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  • Created By:Kristen Bailey
  • Created:02/02/2015
  • Modified By:Fletcher Moore
  • Modified:10/07/2016