11 April. The Future of Atlanta SLS Partners Panel


  • 1. Remember to meet at Clough 144 today at 11:00-11:50 for our Partners Panel, instead of our regularly scheduled class times/places. Please also be prepared to ask questions.
  • 2. I advise you to record some or all of the panel, and I will also make the audio file from our recording available to you.

Class Leads

Please note: the final class leads have been rescheduled for April 23.

Invited Speakers

  • Darryl Haddock, Director of Environmental Education and Proctor Creek Ambassador at West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA)
  • Heather Hussey-Coker, Special Projects Manager at Atlanta Beltlinet
  • Bradley Mitchell, Director of Business Development at Quest Community Development Organization

Panel Topic: The Future of Atlanta

All disciplines and professions have to be mindful of ways the choices we make now will affect the generations that come after us. Similarly, practitioners in all professions imagine an ideal future and then make decisions based on what they think is the best way to achieve that future. While we have composed creative projects so far this semester, we are excited to learn about ways real-world projects come to be through a blend of visionary planning and practical action.

Some Questions you can expect the partners to discuss:

1. What is your ideal vision for the future of your project? Say you had all the resources and support you needed, what would the West Atlanta Watershed basins or the Beltline look like in 5-10 years? What is an ideal future for English Avenue and Vine City? What would you like to see Atlanta look like in 50 or 100 years?
2. How do your visions for the future of Atlanta’s people, neighborhoods, ecosystems, and social/cultural networks shape the choices you make now?
3. How can students become involved (and stay involved) with sustainability projects in their communities? Or, as these students go on to design new energy technology, build complex structural systems, and cure diseases, how can they remain mindful of how their choices shape the future for a web of stakeholders?
4. May students and I film and record part of all of the panel presentation to use as part of our final project for the unit?

9 April. Field Recordings.

April 11, Partner Panel

  • 1. All Students: Remember to meet in Clough 144 on Thursday, April 11 at 11:00-11:50 for our partners’ panel presentation.
  • 2. What are your impressions so far of the Beltline, WAWA, or Quest Community Development? How do their ideas of the future of ATL shape the choices they make?
  • 3. The panel will be half partners’ presenting and half them responding to student questions, please take 5 minutes and draft a question you would like a partner to answer.


Darryl Haddock, Director of Environmental Education and Proctor Creek Ambassador at West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA)

Heather Hussey-Coker, Special Projects Manager at Atlanta Beltline

Bradley Mitchell, Director of Business Development at Quest Community Development Organization

Sonic ID

As we listen to these ID’s, please keep the following in mind:
  • 1. What features grab audience’s attention?
  • 2. What information do you need to include in your ID in order to draw in audiences
  • 3. Take a few minutes to draft a 30-60 second ID (i.e. advertisement for your podcast). If we can speak about 100-110 words per minute, what information do you need to include to engage audiences in your ID and also in your long form podcast?

Guidelines for Panel Presentation, April 16

If you are scheduled to present on April 16, please come prepared to share the following with the class:
  • 1. Share 30-60 seconds of audio recording
  • 2. Share one or two annotations or resources you are using to support your final project
  • 3. Narrate your Podcast composition process

Directions: Sustainability at GATech


Sound Collection:

  • We are going to go up to the roof of Clough so you can collect some sounds, but before we do what sorts of audio should you capture to incorporate in your final podcast?

    Take your stuff with you. Feel free to work on your own or in your podcast groups

Recording Guidelines:

  • 1. While you are free to record with a tool of your choice, you can use the Voice Memos on iPhone or Google’s Voice Recorder app.
  • 2. Check out some of these sounds from the Sonic Dictionary at Duke University as examples of the sorts of tracks that you can use in your final podcasts
  • 3. Remember the how the sample podcast we listed to used sound queues and layered tracks to communicate complex ideas to general audiences. 

Self-Guided Tour Cards

If you would like to pursue sound collection at sustainable GATech campus sites farther, use the cards below to guide you:


Directions: ENGL 1102.HP3 ONLY!!!

On 9 April 2019 please meet at Quest Community Development Center at 12:00-12:45 for a tour of their facilities guided by their lead architect.

Directions from Tech to Quest Center

Davies, “Sustainable Nostalgia” (262-268)

Featured Image: Arches National Park


Keep the following questions in mind as you read Davies, “Sustainable Nostalgia” (262-268). The questions are designed to guide your reading practices and our class discussions. You are not required to provide formal answers in class or online.

What is “sustainability”?

How has the term “sustainability” transformed since the 1970’s?

What does “sustainability” mean according to Davies?

What are some of its complexities, or rather what accounts for the term’s “political attractiveness” (262)?

What does he mean by “category error” (262)?

How does the Brundtland report define sustainability? Why do you think that definition has been so influential? What sorts of divisions does that definition imply between, for instance, present and future generations?

What does Davies mean when he says that sustainability, “subordinates change to itself” (263)? What does it mean that sustainability, “saturates the future with the present” (263)?

What are some problems with sustainability OR what are some results of the ways that sustainability produces temporalities?

How does sustainability respond to the threat of apocalypse?

Why have some members of the environmental movement called for the term “sustainability” to be recalled or replaced? Why does Davies disagree with such a call? Or, what “ethical advantages” does Davies see in living with sustainability as a goal?

Why is the quest for sustainability a kind-of “memory work”?

What does Davies mean when he says that the dream of sustainability synonymous with a nostalgia for the future?

How/why does sustainability posit our present as satisfactory and also a satisfactory point of origin?

What does he mean when he says, “For now, though, we in the present must look to the future, because it is in the future that the present will be inhabited as our home” (264)?

According to Davies, why must ecocriticism not “keep nostalgia at a safe distance” (265)? OR, “The question is not ‘how can ecological writing exploit nostalgia?’ but ‘how must ecotheory reflect upon and negotiate its own ineliminable, motivating desire for the coincidence of self and  dwelling place’” (264)?