Carnegie Mellon University


Global Goals (SDGs) of our Sustainability Initiative

Explore our 17 Sustainable Development Goals each described below.

Goal 1: No Poverty

Contribute to poverty reduction by:

  • Examining 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
  • Creating or designing universal (digital) identity cards
Goal #1: No poverty

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

Strive for zero hunger through the following steps:

  • Reducing food waste
  • Reducing food insecurity
  • Creating sustainable food systems/agriculture
  • Reducing obesity rates
Goal #2: Zero Hunger

Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being

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

  • 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 #3: Good Health and Well-Being

Goal 4: Quality Education

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

  • Reducing disparities in learning outcomes
  • Improving lifelong learning
  • Providing early childhood development
  • Reducing disparities or unequal access to quality education
  • Education related to STEM
  • Education related to the SDGs
Goal #4: Quality Education

Goal 5: Gender Equality 

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by:

  • Preventing trafficking in persons/female genital mutilation/child marriage
  • Promoting gender equality in the workplace
  • Providing gender equality in educational institutions (including through sports)
  • Preventing or reducing violence against women
  • Preventing care and domestic work that is unpaid
Goal #5: Gender Equality

Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management water and sanitation for all by:

  • Increasing access to clean water

  • Improving water management systems

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

Goal #6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

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

  • Addressing energy poverty
  • Increasing access to or developing forms of renewable energy
  • Using renewable energy
  • Increasing energy efficiency
Goal #7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

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

  • Addressing 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 #8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Goal 9: Industry, innovation, and infrastructure

Build infrastructure,  promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation through:

  • Improving transportation infrastructure
  • Increasing digital connectivity
  • Advancing technology for social good
  • Creating or improving low-carbon infrastructure including in buildings
Goal #9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities 

Reduce inequality within and among countries by:

  • Reducing hate crimes and/or increasing inclusion
  • Increasing equity
  • Working on tax flows or the creation of a modern tax system
  • Providing people with safe migration options
Goal #10: Reduced Inequalities

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Cities and Human Settlements become inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by:

  • Strengthening efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage
  • Increasing access to green spaces and parks
  • Reducing homelessness
  • Working with municipalities on the SDGs
  • Working on affordable housing
  • Promoting work on or use of public transport/sustainable transport
  • Measuring clean air/tracking pollution
Goal #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns through:

  • Tracking supply chains
  • Reducing food waste
  • Recycling, composting or engaging the circular economy
  • Changing consumer behavior
Goal #12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Goal 13: Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts by:

  • Moving toward carbon neutrality or planning for de-carbonization
  • Providing education related to climate change
  • Using design that is climate friendly
  • Reducing light pollution
Goal #13: Climate Action

Goal 14: Life Below Water

Conserve use of the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development by:

  • Cleaning rivers
  • Reducing waste
  • Increasing protected areas
  • Increasing water quality
  • Reducing or eliminating the use of plastic bottles and/or straws
Goal #14: Life Below Water

Goal 15: Life on Land

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

  • Enhancing green spaces (including gardens)
  • Protecting species
Goal #15: Life on Land

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 through:

  • Work reducing or preventing violence (including domestic violence, human trafficking and urban violence with guns, mass atrocities, human rights abuse and conflict and fragility)
  • Increasing access to justice (including transitional justice and environmental justice)
  • Exposing and/or combating corruption (including uncovering beneficial ownership and illicit flows of money)
  • Creating or designing universal (digital) identity cards
Goal #16: Peace and Justice

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
  • By establishing SDG-consistent procurement processes
  • By establishing SDG-consistent operational performance metrics
Goal #17: Partnerships for the goals