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.
2023 SDG Action and Awareness Week
President Cabrera encourages the Institute community to participate in SDG Action and Awareness Week this March 6-10 for five days of in-person and virtual SDG-focused events.
SDG Action and Awareness Week invites universities around the world to host events that increase awareness of the SDGs, showcase the work they’re doing, and encourage action.
Georgia Tech’s 2023 SDG Week will focus primarily on SDG13: Climate Action. As we prepare to launch the Institute Climate Action Plan, SDG Week will help showcase Tech’s work in teaching, research, and operations that positively impacts climate. Georgia Tech will host a variety of events throughout the week and encourages partners around campus to organize and host their own SDG-focused events (such as workshops, service projects, or conversation panels) to help showcase the many ways Georgia Tech is making progress toward achieving these global goals on a local level.
In addition to campus-specific events, University Global Coalition (UGC) hosts a calendar of virtual SDG-focused events organized by university partners around the world.
Ways to engage during SDG Action and Awareness Week (March 6-10):
- Host an in-person or virtual SDG-focused event during SDG Week (March 6-10).
- Using the hashtags #SDGWeek2023 and #SDGsatGT, share your department or organization’s SDG-focused work on social media or in an article.
- Attend an event. View the GT and UGC events calendars below.
Contact Drew Cutright at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or with questions about SDG Action and Awareness Week.
17 Rooms at Georgia Tech: Recommended Actions
In 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):
- 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
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