UN Sustainable Development Goals

the 17 sustainable development goals.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined by the United Nations are a systematic plan to build a better world for people and our planet by 2030.

Topic description

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by all United Nations Member States, are part of an interconnected strategy to build a better world for all people on our planet by 2030. Many challenges to achieving the sustainable development of our world are faced by people everywhere, regardless of political boundaries, so the efforts must be truly collaborative and involve partnerships across the globe. 

The projects listed below are curated under this umbrella because they relate to one or more SDG. While they may not necessarily be designed specifically around SDGs, the results and broader impacts of the projects may actually be closely related to them. Whether it is research that adds new knowledge to a specific SDG or community-focused work to build partnerships and capacity in developing regions, connecting your impacts to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals can help move our world toward a brighter future.

Core partners

Topic curator

Derek Nichols

Sustainability Engagement Coordinator;

UB Sustainability

Phone: (716) 829-5725

Email: djn2@buffalo.edu

Projects related to Sustainable Development Goals

Zero Hunger

11/6/19
Community Cooks is an ongoing, collaborative project that brings together a collective of local and national food justice organizations advocating for communities of color in Western New York.

Good Health and Well-being

11/6/19
Seeking Research Assistants to support a new longitudinal research project examining the factors related to eating behavior in pregnancy.
11/6/19
Seeking Research Assistants with backgrounds in health or life sciences for a team project designed to help pregnant women quit smoking.
11/6/19
Students will support ongoing research related to eating behaviors and risk factors for obesity among parents and children, assisting with scheduling and running participant appointments, entering, analyzing and possibly presenting data.
11/6/19
Seeking students to contribute to the Environmental Health Study for Western New York investigating environmental exposure in relation to health and identify ways to prevent disease in the future. 
11/6/19
Students will explore public health issues through engagement with a student-run free medical clinic in Buffalo along with rural populations via a remote area medical mission in the Southern states. 
11/6/19
Students will participate in research exploring immunotherapy for infectious disease toward the goal of eradicating pathogens and increasing patient benefits.
11/6/19
The mHealth research team at UB is seeking smartphone hackers looking for research experiences and academic publications.
11/6/19
Students will engage in mentored projects under the leadership of Dr. Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, conducting laboratory- and community-based studies in the area of children’s eating behavior and obesity prevention.
11/6/19
Students will work with various biomaterial fabrication techniques such as electrospinning, 3D printing and chemical synthesis to innovate biomedical applications that can sense and release antimicrobial agents.
11/6/19
Seeking students interested in sensors and smartphone programming to help equip next-generation smartphones for environmental sensing related to health and fitness.
11/6/19
Seeking students to work on a longitudinal research project looking at the factors related to teen eating behavior and body composition. Students must commit to 2 consecutive semesters (or more) of service in the lab.
11/6/19
Determine dysfunctions of brain and nervous systems implicated in stress-related diseases and substance abuse using a variety of electrochemical, genetic and pharmacological techniques.
11/6/19
Seeking hardware/software hack interested in helping to develop a novel wearable eating sensor.

Quality Education

11/6/19
We will design and develop "classroom kits" for schools throughout the Mara Region of Tanzania, and create a strategy for piloting and distributing the kits.
11/6/19
While earning academic credit, students will be able to deepen and enrich the study of their chosen major, participate in study beyond the classroom, develop critical thinking skills, and learn about: urban education, mentorship, diversity, classroom management, lesson planning, counseling and much more!

Gender Equality

11/6/19
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro in May 2020 while supporting girls' menstrual maintenance in rural Tanzania and conducting customized research projects focused on women's empowerment.
11/6/19
Students will collaborate on research and design of a women's beauty and fashion co-op in Musoma, Tanzania, which will serve to empower individual girls while building capacity for community development.
11/6/19
Seeking students to transform UB's study abroad itinerary into an invitation for other campuses and communities to visit, collaborate with, and invest in women's empowerment and social innovation in Mara, Tanzania.
11/6/19
Students will work with members of the Mugumu Safe House in Serengeti, Tanzania, to help create awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and support girls' empowerment through social media and the sale of customized logo bracelets.

Clean Water and Sanitation

11/6/19
Explore the use of nanotechnology to remove environmental pollution and treat polluted water to achieve clean and safer drinking water.
11/6/19
This project integrates laboratory research with water quality modeling to understand the interaction of urban-natural water cycles.
11/6/19
Work with Friendly Water for the World to expand global access to low-cost, clean water technologies and information about health and sanitation.
11/6/19
Refine water treatment techniques using the scientific method to identify dependable, low-cost solutions to help individual households gain access to clean water.
11/6/19
Seeking student with experience using high accuracy GPS and stream flow meters to help develop stream observation stations that allow citizen scientists to monitor stream discharge.
11/6/19
Water Works Africa is seeking to collaborate with UB students to develop technology-based tools to assess community-based strengths, assets and needs around water, health and education.

Affordable and Clean Energy

11/6/19
Students will research the properties of natural gas as a promising resource for clean energy, exploring implications for methane emissions and other limitations.

Decent Work and Economic Growth

11/6/19
Undergraduate research assistants will have the opportunity to work on quantitative or qualitative components of ongoing study, gaining valuable research skills while working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.
11/6/19
Students will contribute to a research project focusing on the establishment of the Economic and Social Empowerment Foundation Inc. (ESEF) as a nonprofit organization that will provide microcredit financing to low-income entrepreneurs in the Buffalo region.

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

11/6/19
Students will look at challenging topics related to decision, risk, and big data analytics.
11/6/19
Structural shear walls will be tested in the Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory to understand the benefits of an earthquake retrofit technique.
11/6/19
Working to solve the challenge of transporting goods across international boarders efficiently and cost effectively to increase the economic capacity in rural Tanzania.

Reduced Inequalities

11/6/19
Tanzanian Transmission will work to connect young women in the Mara region of Tanzania with UB students who are interested in connecting and sharing via digital communication. 

Sustainable Cities and Communities

11/6/19
Students will help develop the new Community Bicycle Lab at Hope Revival Children's Organization in Mara, Tanzania in collaboration with Spoke Folk Community Bicycle Project from Dunkirk, NY.
11/6/19
Research will seek methods to analytically predict racking displacements so that bridge designers can take measures to accommodate these displacements.

Responsible Consumption and Production

11/6/19
Chemical synthesis is an important tool in sustainable efforts of our society; new catalysts that use earth abundant materials is a major theme in our green chemistry science research.

Climate Action

11/6/19
Students will explore why and how mass extinctions occurred during the past, helping us better predict how the current mass extinction will proceed.
11/6/19
Use Google Earth Engine to explore and analyze recent changes in an unusual system of interlocking glaciers in Eastern Greenland: the Glacier de France system. 
11/6/19
Students will research climate change in the Arctic and East Asia employing organic "biomarkers" as proxies for hydroclimate and temperature in lacustrine, marine and loess archives.

Life Below Water

11/6/19
Seeking student researchers to engage with the Aquarium of Niagara to provide educational research, write articles on in-museum displays and contribute to interpretive exhibits with conservation themes.

Life on Land

11/6/19
Students will contribute to the development of an outdoor, collaborative space to educate students and faculty in sustainable practices and green infrastructure by building and mapping a system of trails on the UB campus.

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

11/6/19
Student researchers are invited to collaborate on a book on the global history of urban reform movements.