Senior Advisor, Research Networks
Executive Director, Asia Pacific, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
Arizona State University
Liaison Librarian, University of Pittsburgh Libraries and Faculty Senate President
University of Pittsburgh
U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
Since their introduction about six years ago, the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have rapidly gained global attention as various organizations and jurisdictions aligned their research and sustainability efforts with the SDGs. Collectively, the SDGs are intended to help the world reach a sustainable and fair future by 2030. While many US universities are engaged in research related to sustainability, connections to the SDGs are often a side benefit of traditional curiosity-driven research agendas. Models are emerging for society-driven research agendas that can be integrated with American academic culture to strengthen US research linkages with the SDGs. Progress can be monitored using data analytics tools showing that scholarly outputs such as publications and patents can be mapped to the SDGs. These efforts afford the opportunity to create compelling narratives that enable American universities to showcase their societal impact and contributions to sustainability. The panel will discuss various initiatives from the perspective of the library, campus administration, individual researchers, and national and international collaborations.