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.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals


17 Rooms at Georgia Tech: Recommended Actions

Graphic image of 17 Rooms report coverIn October 2020, Georgia Tech hosted a virtual version of the 17 Rooms activation event concept developed by The Brookings Institution and The Rockefeller Foundation.

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):
Sustainability Networks and Partnerships
Learn More About Sustainability at Tech

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.

Explore our sustainability-related programs, practices, and projects 

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