The Institute’s mission is to improve individual and public health and well-being — and to generate sustainable and prosperous economic systems — by providing knowledge and action steps that help communities transform themselves.
The Institute accomplishes this through programs, partnerships and learning opportunities that advance education, research, and best practice sharing in all aspects of sustainability.
Programs are focused on leaders in higher education (and specifically on students as the world’s future leaders), local city and county governments, and the global thought leader community.
Given that the Institute was founded in late 2012, many of the initiatives described here are in the planning phase. Check back to see our progress or join our mailing list by emailing email@example.com.
Primary audiences for Institute programs include:
- Higher education, including college and university students, researchers and faculty.
- Government leaders, at the local levels of cities and counties.
- Thought leaders, including those who shape the global agenda for a variety of movements from environmentalism to social equity to economic sustainability.
The Institute will invite members of the public and media to attend certain events to raise awareness of issues and help educate people in how to take action steps in their communities.
Business leaders are a future audience, with program delivery done in cooperation with chambers of commerce and trade organizations.
The Institute’s physical site will be a campus adjacent to the village of Serenbe in the City of Chattahoochee Hills south of Atlanta.
This location is ideal for two reasons. First, both Serenbe and Chattahoochee Hills are proven leaders in establishing zoning and planning mechanisms for commercially viable development that preserves land, respects nature, conserves energy, encourages healthy living, fosters community, and reflects an area’s beauty.
Second, both provide proximity to the rest of the world given their location 20 minutes south of the globe’s busiest passenger airport.
The Institute also will provide a robust online presence to offer resources and a far-reaching networked community for global collaborators. These will be individuals seeking to create and cultivate ideas for improvement and innovation, knowledge and best practice sharing, and expanded platforms for experimentation and implementation.
All aspects of the Institute’s work, programs and activities will be evaluated on an ongoing basis. Metrics will be derived from the considerable experience of professionals participating as advisors as well as from outcomes that result in measurable changes in public or individual health and in economic activity such as industry development and employment creation.