SDG Events

Past Events

No Poverty: End Poverty in All Its Forms Everywhere

In this 8th webinar of a series on issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals, a panel of scholars and practitioners discuss how poverty plays an important role in the economic development of communities and the complete well-being of a person. Panelists offer examples and insights on where progress is being made and where more work is needed.

Higher Education International Partnerships 

In this 7th webinar of a series on issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals, a panel of scholars and practitioners will discuss how university partnerships and networks are advancing impactful work in communities and countries around the world. Looking at a variety of network models in several fields, panelists will offer examples and insights on where progress is being made and where more work is needed. Comments and discussion will focus on these SDG’s targets.

Climate Change: Local to Global Challenges and Strategies 

In this sixth webinar of a series on issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals, a panel of community-engaged scholars and practitioners representing a range of perspectives will offer examples and insights on where progress is being made and where more work is needed. The panel discussion will connect local Minnesota community efforts and the broader, global landscape to consider the interconnectedness of climate action across all levels.

Clean Water and Sanitation: Water Access in Minnesota Communities

Tremendous progress has been made nationally and globally in increasing access to clean drinking water and sanitation, however access to safe, potable water is still a challenge in some communities in the US and Minnesota. The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated the critical importance of sanitation, hygiene and adequate access to clean water for the prevention of diseases. Hand hygiene according to the World Health Organization, is one of the most effective actions that can be taken to reduce the spread of pathogens and prevent infections, including the COVID-19 virus. Yet access to clean and safe water is not available to all.

Green Homes and Homelessness: The Challenge of Equitable and Sustainable Housing in 2020

Ensuring safe, stable and sustainable housing presents an acute challenge for Minnesota communities and policymakers. COVID-19, the global movement for racial justice and the increasing natural disasters associated with climate change have laid bare the major barriers to sustainable development, equity and justice in the U.S. and globally. Housing is no exception, with a crisis of homelessness, housing instability and the need for sustainable housing design at the forefront. In this fourth webinar of a series on issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals, a panel of community engaged scholars and advocates will explore current challenges to fair, equitable and sustainable housing and discuss potential solutions from the perspective of different disciplines and approaches and then discuss how we all can work together across sectors and disciplines toward positive change.

Reducing Inequities: Creating Change in Our Communities

In the past few months, COVID-19 and the global movement for racial justice have laid bare inequities in the U.S. and globally, and shown how these inequities undermine the very foundations of our social, political and economic systems. In this third webinar of a series on issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals, a panel of publicly-engaged scholars explored how various forms of inequality in the United States threaten community resilience and sustainable change in their areas of work and then discuss how we all can work together across sectors and disciplines to undermine systemic inequities toward positive change.

Feeding Inequities: Food Justice in Minnesota Communities

Food justice is a social movement that sees healthy, culturally appropriate food as a human right and addresses structural barriers to food through systems change at all levels of the food system. In Minnesota and in the US more broadly, two significant crises of systemic racism and COVID-19 further destabilize food systems and disproportionately affect communities of color, low-income and immigrant communities. Local communities are proactively working to ensure food access and food justice.

Collision on Sustainable Goal #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

To help faculty navigate and pursue this changing landscape of funding, the University COVID Action Network (U-CAN), the UMN SDG Initiative, and the University of Minnesota's Corporate and Foundation Relations office is hosting a Zoom Collision Incubator Event on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 from 12-1:00 pm CT.

Collision on Sustainable Goal #10: Reduced Inequalities

To help faculty navigate and pursue this changing landscape of funding, the University COVID Action Network (U-CAN), the UMN SDG Initiative, and the University of Minnesota's Corporate and Foundation Relations office, is hosting a Zoom Collision Incubator Event on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 from 12-1:00 pm CT.

Minnesota Food Security: Communities in Crisis

Hosted by the University of Minnesota Sustainable Development Goal Initiative, this webinar discussed the COVID-19 pandemic and the more recent civil rights crisis that has affected every aspect of the food system—from farm to fork.

SPARC Collision Incubator

COVID-19 is an unprecedented global crisis and will require an unprecedented response. To help faculty navigate and pursue this changing landscape of funding, the University COVID Action Network (U-CAN) under the Strategic Partnerships and Research Collaborative (SPARC) will host an online Collision Incubator Event on Thursday, May 28 from 12-1 pm to highlight private foundations and the sustainable development goals.

Joint Forum on Sustainable Development Goals

How can we align our work to the Sustainable Development Goals––a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all? Join us at the Joint Forum on SDGs co-hosted by UMN & the Minnesota SDG Roundtable to see how and to learn more about existing efforts.