U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Teaching Local/Global SDG Connections Through Case Studies

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all” (United Nations). Students completing this lesson will be able to:

  1. Describe the goals and targets of SDGs Zero Hunger, Gender Equality, and Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.
  2. Compare global and local examples of initiatives that advance these SDGs.
  3. Evaluate the efficacy of alternative approaches to advancing these SDGs.

This tool was contributed by Michelle Ramirez. 

Environmental Justice and the UN SDGs: A WAWA Case Study

The purpose of this tool is to introduce students to the work of the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA) and the history of the Proctor Creek watershed, and to situate this work within the context of two United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 6, Clean Water and Sanitation, and SDG 10, Reduced Inequalities. Students will first explore the interactive WAWA StoryMap, which describes the history of environmental racism that led to the pollution of the Proctor Creek watershed and the work of WAWA and the local community in restoring the area. If more background is needed on the concepts of environmental justice and environmental racism, the use of this tool can be prefaced by using part or all of the SLS Environmental Justice 101 tool.

Resources for Teaching about the SDGs

Use these resources to help students learn more about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. You may assign readings, find organizations to work with, or simply ask your students to explore what’s available. General resources related to the UN SDGs are compiled below, followed by a short blurb about each SDG and references to related research at Georgia Tech where applicable. This tool was contributed by Bonnie Lapwood.

Sustainable Cities and Communities: SDG 11

This tool will take a closer look at the 11th UN Sustainable Development Goal, Sustainable Cities and Communities, which aims to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.” Students will then use the elements that comprise progress towards the goal as a way to frame their reading of 3 large infrastructure projects, including the Los Angeles River Revitalization, the Cultural Trail, and the 5280 Trail, followed by two options for activities evaluating one or more of these projects according to the 10 Sustainable Cities and Communities Targets.

This tool was contributed by Bonnie Lapwood.

SLS Resource List: U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

The Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain aims to help students create sustainable communities, where humans and nature flourish in the present and future. One SLS Priority area concerning sustainable communities is information about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


Helpful Resources on the SDGs

The UN Global Goals website, found here, outlines each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the metrics that are used to measure progress towards them. The website also has a list of video resources.

Additional details on the Sustainable Development Goals can also be found on the UN’s main website.

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