Dr. Jennifer Hirsch, Director of Georgia Tech’s Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain, talks about her passion for sustainability and for the work she is doing to create sustainable communities. She tells us how she came to this through social justice, and the importance of justice in the sustainability conversation. And in doing so she gives us a deeper and richer understanding of the meaning of sustainability and why it is important in each of our lives.
Lessons from the Show
Jennifer talked to us about her livelihood and per passion and offered us many wonderful lessons that point us towards an authentic, happy and fulfilling life and career including:
- How we can encourage connection across cultures, and the importance and value in doing so;
- The extent to which we misunderstand the idea of colorblindness, and the extent to which our society is more segregated than we realize ;
- The value of learning multiple perspectives (including languages!) from an early age to move us towards seeing others more clearly and building mutual respect and understanding, and from that sustainable relationships and communities.
About Jenny Hirsch
Dr. Jennifer Hirsch directs the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Serve-Learn-Sustain, or SLS, is a campus-wide academic initiative preparing students to use their disciplinary expertise to “create sustainable communities” in partnership with diverse stakeholders from Atlanta and beyond. She is an applied cultural anthropologist recognized nationally for fostering grassroots participation in sustainability and climate action. She is also Adjunct Associate Professor in Tech’s School of City and Regional Planning.
Dr. Hirsch as previously at the Field Museum in Chicago, and prior to that at Northwestern University, where she completed her undergraduate studies. She received her PhD from Duke.
You can contact Jennifer by email at email@example.com and you can find out more about her work at Serve-Learn-Sustain.
This is episode # 166