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Sustainable Development Goals at NC State

UN infographic displaying all 17 SDGs.

The Sustainable Development Goals or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. Global Learning for All at NC State has built a commitment to the SDGs into the core of its structure to provide a unifying framework for some of its multifaceted initiatives in research, teaching and learning, co-curricular engagement, and service, and to help all members of the campus community engage in addressing the complex issues of our world. Learn more about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals here.

2022-2023 Campus Programming Initiative

Beginning during the Fall 2021 Semester, NC State launched a campus programming initiative focused around the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This initiative, implemented from Fall 2021 through Spring 2023, featured a wide array of programs each semester focused around a cluster of SDGs. The purpose of the SDG Campus Programming Initiative has been to educate students at NC State on what the SDGs are, why they are a blueprint for peace and prosperity in the world, and inspire them to take action in support of the goals on their campuses and in their local community.

Thematic Clusters 2021-2023

The initiative also featured two talks with Robert Skinner from the UN Department of Global Communications. His first talk focused on the role of the local community in the context of the Global SDG goals, and his second talk was on career development.


SDG@3s were one-hour conversations with an NC State Faculty member, student organization, and community practitioner who briefly shared about what they are doing to make a difference related to a specific SDG. The SDG@3 series featured 11 faculty speakers from 11 different departments, 6 student organizations, and 5 organizations from the greater Raleigh area.

SDG@3: Goal 1, No Poverty

September 8, 2021 Speakers: Nora Haenn, NCSU Dept of Sociology and Anthropology; Elder Hannah Broom, Poor People’s Campaign. Watch the recording here.

SDG@3: Goal 2, Zero Hunger

September 29, 2021 Speakers: Bob Patterson, NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Maddy Smith, Feed the Pack. Watch the recording here.

SDG@3: Goal 3, Good Health & Well Being

October 27, 2021 Speakers: James Kiwanuka-Tondo, NCSU Department of Communication; Megha Pb and Samantha Aiken, Rural Health Outreach Club. Watch the recording here.

SDG@3: Goal 6, Clean Water & Sanitation

November 10, 2021 Speakers: Ayse Ecrumen, NCSU Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources; Emma Guertin, NCSU WaSH. Watch the recording here.

SDG@3: Goal 7, Affordable & Clean Energy

January 19, 2022 Speakers: Andy Grieshop, NCSU Department of Civil Construction and Environmental Engineering; Emily Floess, Student Energy Club; Aidan Lake, Engineers Without Borders. Watch the recording here.

SDG@3: Goal 13, Climate Action

February 16, 2022 Speakers: Robert J. Mera, NCSU Climate Change & Society Program; Andrew Laughter and Veerani Taylor, The Climate Reality Project. Watch the recording here.

SDG@3: Goal 14, Life Below Water; Goal 15, Life on Land

April 13, 2022 Speakers: Astrid Schnetzer, NCSU Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences; Meredith Martin, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources; Caroline Brenan, Marine Science Club. Watch the recording here.

SDG@3: Goal 4, Quality Education

September 7, 2022 Speakers: Haddy Njie, NCSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Sommer Stephens and Allison Potter, Global Ambassadors.

SDG@3: Goal 5, Gender Equality

October 12, 2022 Speakers: Cameron Denson, NCSU College of Education; Maria Murray Riemann, WomenNC; Junho Yu, GLBT Community Alliance.

SDG@3: Goal 8, Decent Work & Economic Growth; Goal 10, Reduced Inequalities

November 9, 2022 Speaker: Duarte Morais, NCSU College of Natural Resources.

SDG@3: Goal 9, Industry, Innovation, & Infrastructure; Goal 12, Responsible Consumption & Production

February 1, 2023 Speakers: Autumn McGuire, Zero Waste Wolves; Kristin Schillings, Circular Triangle. Watch the recording here.

SDG@3: Goal 11, Sustainable Cities & Communities

March 1, 2023 Speakers: Kofi Boone, NCSU College of Design; Melvin Acosta and Kylee McCombs, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Watch the recording here.

SDG@3: Goal 16, Peace, Justice, & Strong Institutions

March 29, 2023 Speakers: Michael Struett, NCSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences