UMN Sustainable Development Goals Initiative

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The UMN Sustainable Development Goals Initiative fosters effective transdisciplinary and multisectoral work tied to the SDGs and promotes the development of new programs and funding streams for this work in order to support measurable progress toward the Goals in Minnesota and beyond.

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by all United Nations member states in 2015 as a 15-year plan for global sustainable development. The framework includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future and drives efforts at local, national, and global partnership levels. The SDGs offer an inherently integrative and interdisciplinary approach highlighting linkages between ending poverty, improving health and education, and addressing climate change and other environmental degradation.

—The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

About the UMN SDG Initiative

The Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (GPS Alliance) leads a system-wide initiative focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UMN SDG Initiative seeks to support and promote transdisciplinary research, teaching, and partnerships to advance sustainable development in Minnesota, the U.S., and the globe through grants, information, and opportunities linked to SDG targets and indicators. The GPS Alliance is partnering with the Office for Public Engagement and other University centers, institutes, and research groups in developing this initiative.

UMN Work Related to the SDGs

The 2022 SDG Report

With the assistance of our metrics teams, the UMN SDG Initiative has put together an overview of UMN activities related to SDG#2, SDG#3, SDG#13 and SDG#17. 

[email protected] Collections

Click on a Sustainable Development Goal icon to learn more about researchers, research units, university assets, projects and grants, research outputs, press and media, datasets, activities, fellowships, honors, and prizes at the University of Minnesota related to each goal. These [email protected] collections were created by the University of Minnesota Libraries.












Sustainability Portal

The University of Minnesota Duluth has created the Sustainability Portal, which features a map of the Sustainable Development Goal work happening on its campus. You can find people, research projects, and community partners working to address the SDGs, as well as courses related to the goals.

Contact Us

For general questions, contact the UMN SDG Initiative team at [email protected].