Carnegie Mellon University

Goal 1: No Poverty

  • The impact of poverty and/or food supply chains
  • Measuring and understanding poverty
  • Advancing social protections or old age protections
  • Measuring or reducing unemployment rates
  • Addressing job security
  • Universal (digital) identity cards

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

  • Reducing food waste
  • Reducing food insecurity
  • Creating sustainable food systems/agriculture
  • Reducing obesity
Zero Hunger

Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

  • Reducing traffic accidents
  • Reducing premature preventive disease
  • Reducing infant mortality rates and/or maternal mortality rates
  • Reducing inequalities in health
  • Reducing tobacco use
  • Tackling mental health issues
  • Preventing the spread of infectious disease

Goal 4: Quality Education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

  • Reducing disparities in learning outcomes
  • Improving lifelong learning
  • Early childhood development
  • Reducing disparities or unequal access to quality education
  • Education related to STEM
  • Education related to the SDGs

Goal 5: Gender Equality 

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

  • Gender equality/trafficking in persons/female genital mutilation/child marriage
  • Gender equality in the work place
  • Gender equality in educational institutions (including through sports)
  • Preventing or reducing violence against women
  • Unpaid care and domestic work

Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management water and sanitation for all

  • Increasing access to clean water

  • Improving water management systems

  • Reducing or eliminating the use of plastic bottles and/or straws

Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and clean energy for all

  • Addressing energy poverty
  • Increasing access to or developing forms of renewable energy
  • Using renewable energy
  • Increasing energy efficiency

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive, sustainable economic growth, full and productive work, and decent work for all

  • The future of work and workers in increasing economic opportunity
  • Combating human trafficking
  • Reducing youth unemployment and/or increasing youth inclusion  
  • Measuring Gross Value Added to the economy
  • Improving access to fair financial services


Goal 9: Industry, innovation, and infrastructure

Build infrastructure,  promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

  • Improving transportation infrastructure
  • Increasing digital connectivity
  • Advancing technology for social good
  • Creating or improving low-carbon infrastructure including in buildings

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities 

Reduce inequality within and among countries

  • Reducing hate crimes and/or increasing inclusion
  • Increasing equity
  • Work on tax flows or the creation of a modern tax system
  • Safe migration of people

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Cities and Human Settlements are inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

  • Strengthening efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage
  • Increasing access to green spaces and parks
  • Reducing homelessness
  • Work with municipalities on the SDGs
  • Work on affordable housing
  • Work on or use of public transport/sustainable transport
  • Measuring clean air/tracking pollution

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

  • Tracking supply chains
  • Reducing food waste
  • Recycling, composting, or engaging the circular economy
  • Changing consumer behavior

Goal 13: Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

  • Moving toward carbon neutrality or planning for de-carbonization
  • Education related to climate change
  • Design that is climate friendly
  • Reducing light pollution

Goal 14: Life Below Water

Conserve sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development)

  • Cleaning rivers
  • Reducing waste
  • Increasing protected areas
  • Increasing water quality
  • Reducing or eliminating the use of plastic bottles and/or straws

Goal 15: Life on Land

Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss

  • Enhancing green spaces (including gardens)
  • Protecting species

Goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

  • Work reducing or preventing violence (including domestic violence, human trafficking, urban violence including with guns, mass atrocities and human rights abuse, conflict and fragility)
  • Increasing access to justice (including transitional justice and environmental justice)
  • Exposing and/or combating corruption (including uncovering beneficial ownership, illicit flows of money)
  • Creating or designing universal (digital) identity cards

Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Strengthen the implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

  • With the City of Pittsburgh or the greater Allegheny region on elements of the SDGs
  • With other universities on the SDGs
  • With nongovernmental organizations on the SDGs
  • With national governments on the SDGs
  • With multilateral organizations on the SDGs
  • With the private sector, including the entertainment industry, on the SDGs
  • Establishing SDG-consistent procurement processes
  • Establishing SDG-consistent operational performance metrics