RCE Greater Atlanta

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Rce details
United States of America
Date of RCE acknowledgement:
December, 2017
Description of RCE and Geographic Region:

RCE Greater Atlanta is a network of multidisciplinary stakeholders, including higher education institutions, businesses, non-governmental organizations, community associations, and local, regional, state and federal government agencies. The geographic scope of this RCE is the ten-county area that makes up the inner Metro region, though institutions located outside of this region will also be included. The region is part of the American South, an area that has long struggled with racial tensions and equity challenges, but which has a rich history of advancing progress for social justice. Facing more current environmental challenges around climate change and water scarcity, the region is also developing a reputation as a leader in resilience building and sustainable development. We are home to numerous higher education institutions (including the highest density of Historically Black Colleges & Universities in the US), Fortune 500 companies, and innovative nonprofit organizations working in support of many of the SDGs.

Specifically, we are focused on the following SDGs, deemed priority for our region: No Poverty (1); Zero Hunger (2); Good Health and Well-Being (3); Quality Education (4); Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (9); Sustainable Cities and Communities (11); Climate Action (13). Leadership will rotate every two years. Representatives from Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Spelman College are co-leading for the first two years.

Goals and Objectives:
  • Accelerating local and regional solutions to sustainability issues
  • Re-orienting higher education for societal transformation into SD
  • Developing SD and ESD competencies and capabilities as well as a science-policy interface
Organisation Hosting RCE Secretariat:

Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Spelman College 

Key Partners:
  • Emory University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Spelman College
  • Georgia State University
  • Morehouse College
  • City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Resilience
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Agnes Scott College
  • University of Georgia
  • Southface
  • Saving our Sons and Sisters Int’l
  • The Ray C. Anderson Foundation
  • Greenhouse Accelerator
  • Corporate Volunteer Council
  • Captain Planet Foundation
  • Atlanta Regional Commission
  • Collective Wisdom Group
  • US Green Building Council-GA

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Current Activities:
Upcoming Activities:
  • Transferring Environmental Justice Leadership Academy from the US Environmental Protection Agency to the RCE
  • Forming an RCE Greater Atlanta Youth Network
  • Hosting joint panel discussions and conference sessions, locally and nationally
  • RCE quarterly meetings held regularly since starting the collaborative stakeholder engagement process for the RCE application, hosted by a different member each time

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Contact Details
Main RCE Contact:
Jennifer Hirsch
Secondary RCE Contact:
Ciannat Howett
RCE Youth Coordinator(s):
Kris Chatfield
General RCE email:
RCE mailing address for correspondence:

Dr. Jennifer Hirsch
Director, Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain
Georgia Institute of Technology
Clough Commons, Ste 205E
266 Fourth St NW
Atlanta, GA 30332-0940