PRiMEtime Special Feature on Reporting on the SDGs – 17 Ways Schools are Engaging in the SDGs (part 2 of 2)

This week PRiMEtime is celebrating the work that signatories around the world are doing in terms of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as highlighted in their Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports submitted throughout 2018. This is part of the information that was collected late last year exploring how the schools are exploring the SDGs on campus. To read the full report click here.

Thousands of individual initiatives were highlighted across all regions. Here are 17 linked to the SDG they focus on (click here to read part 1 on SDG 1-9). For more information on the individual initiatives click on the links to read the school’s SIP report.

SDG 10: Reduced InequalitiesUniversity of Auckland Business School in New Zealand runs the Solve It Challenge which seeks innovative solutions to environmental and social problems posed by four sponsors. $32,000 in prizes were offered for innovative solutions. Yealands Family Wines sought ideas for sustainably disposing of the 3% of posts that break in their vineyards every year. Fonterra invited sustainable packaging ideas. Teach First New Zealand, an NGO tackling educational inequality, invited ideas for building their brand awareness.

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities – The School of Economics and Management, Tongji University in China has aligned their research focus with the countries aim to reduce pollution. Research undertaken has included a sustainability analysis of 35 major cities in China supported by the United Nations Development Programme which will be extended to cover other major cities around the world. The school has been running several leading national research institutes/think-tanks which play a key role in government policy-making. For instance, the Institute of Sustainable Development and Urbanization is one of the think-tanks for the Chinese central government and the local government.

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionKU Leuven Faculty of Economics and Business in Belgium has put in place regulations that outline which products can be purchased. This includes a focus on sustainable office supplies. Paper is recycled and labelled Forest Stewardship Council, EU Ecolables, Nordic Swan and Blue Angel. Office chairs are from a company that adopts various sustainability approaches in the design, production, and end of life of their products, including: pollutant-free lacquers; a “cradle-to-cradle” approach (i.e., mono-material separation of parts, thus enabling reuse), ISO 14001 certification for environmental management, and ergonomic considerations of end users.

SDG 13: Climate Action – Climate Calling is a three day conference at Pepperdine Business School exploring climate change, its consequences, and our moral calling to respond to growing concerns about the future of our planet. In partnership with student representatives, the conference is led by a group of Pepperdine faculty members from diverse disciplines. Over the course of three days, attendees learn about topics such as species extinction, drought, flooding, marine impacts, sustainable food practices, and environmental justice. The event is organised in collaboration with the Malibu Public Library, Pepperdine University’s Centre for Sustainability and the Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture.

SDG 14: Life Below Water – SDA Boconni School of Management is collaborating with the One Ocean Foundation, McKinsey & Company and the Spanish National Research Council on a project called “Technology and Innovation for a Sustainable Blue Economy. One Ocean Foundation, set up to fight the pollution of our seas and to promote a sustainable marine economy.

SDG 15: Life on LandGeorge Mason University School of Business and the College of Science collaborate on the US Honey Bee Initiative. They work on honey bee sustainability by providing an innovative education, conducting collaborative research and establishing community partnerships all focused on bee health. The initiative is an example of student learning and implementing social entrepreneurship to make a difference both in the local community and worldwide.

SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions – Dr Juliet Mac Mahon and Dr Sarah Mac Curtain at Kemmy Business School completed an extensive workplace climate survey commissioned by the Irish Defence Forces. The remit was to investigate members’ levels of satisfaction with their employment in the Defence Forces, along with other factors such as commitment, leadership and perceptions of fairness and work life balance. The Irish Defence Forces have been active participants in United Nations peacekeeping missions since 1968. Over the intervening 60 years, Ireland has maintained the longest unbroken service on the front line of peace. Key to this continued engagement is a healthy workplace climate.

SDG 17: Partnerships For the Goals – Universidad de los Andes, Colombia signed a formal agreement with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to establish a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean. This Centre is one of three such centres globally, including the SDG Centre for Africa, launched in 2016, and the SDG Centre for Southeast Asia, launched in 2017. Goals include to develop teaching contents and methodologies to include SDGs in the advancement of sustainable management education at UASM.

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