To advance the Institute’s mission and strategic plan, President Ángel Cabrera charged leaders and units throughout campus with spearheading a project to promote, implement, and advance the 17 United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at Georgia Tech.
The sustainability initiative stems in part from Tech’s affiliation with the University Global Coalition (UGC), which President Cabrera chairs and helped found. Established in 2019, the UGC comprises a group of higher education leaders from across the globe who work together to advance the SDGs through education, research, service, and campus operations. Locally, Georgia Tech is also affiliated with RCE Greater Atlanta, a UN-designated Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development.
The Institute's vision is unified by Sustainability Next, a plan for coalescing, implementing, and measuring cross-cutting sustainability initiatives at Georgia Tech.
17 Rooms at Georgia Tech: Recommended Actions
A campus planning committee — aided by more than 20 student, faculty, and staff volunteers representing all 17 discussions — worked to identify key takeaways and synthesize these into recommendations that link research, teaching, operations, and partnerships while aligning with the Institute strategic plan’s priorities.
Through January 2021, the Committee reviewed and refined those recommendations into six recommended actions:
- Strengthen external partnerships and regional collaborations.
- Integrate the SDGs into the curriculum.
- Lead by example.
- Engage students in Institute planning.
- Enhance student well-being.
- Advance SDG research.
Advancing the SDGs at Georgia Tech
President Cabrera introduced the SDGs to campus during a September 2020 kickoff event, which included a panel discussion about the SDGs as a framework to catalyze action and positive change.
Sustainability Task Force
Georgia Tech’s Sustainability Task Force coordinates activities across campus to cultivate a shared vision for sustainability and better integrate the Institute's research, education, operations, and partnerships.
Participating units (with contacts):
- Atlanta Global Studies Center
- Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems
- Global Change Program
- Office of Campus Sustainability
- Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business
- Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation
- Strategic Energy Institute
Sustainability Networks and Partnerships
- Georgia Climate Project
- Georgia Smart Communities Challenge
- RCE Greater Atlanta, officially acknowledged by the United Nations University Global Coalition
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Sustainability Programs and Practices
Georgia Tech aims to “walk the talk” by demonstrating sustainability in action. At any given time, you will find a multitude of sustainability initiatives underway on campus. They unite faculty, staff, and students in our quest to provide solutions to the environmental, social, and economic challenges facing us today.