Student Efforts Anchor Fourth Voluntary University Review of Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainability Studio

By Stacey Federoff

Carnegie Mellon University released its fourth Voluntary University Review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on April 1. The VUR catalogs activities by students, faculty and staff to advance the SDGs, also known as the Global Goals, and reflects Carnegie Mellon’s long-standing efforts to sustainably address society's most pressing needs.

Designed to create a more equitable and sustainable planet by 2030, the Global Goals are 17 objectives adopted in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly after input from millions of people around the world.

New this year, the report has evolved in purpose and structure to better serve the campus community by highlighting partnerships and sharing resources.

Alexandra Hiniker, director of the Sustainability Initiative, said the team’s tailored approach calls attention to specific contributions from departments across the university related to sustainability, rather than a comprehensive audit as in years past.

“Students reviewed all the previous reports, they conducted outreach to different departments, they did surveys and they drafted the bulk of the report,” Hiniker said. “It’s meant for everybody, but it’s student-driven.”

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