ENGLISH_Reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals- A Guide for Canada's Universities and Colleges
23 October 2023
The main goal of the committee was to provide advice and opportunities on the institution’s goals in all three core functions, exploring two key questions: 1) how can the university effectively communicate the Sustainable Development Goals to students, faculty, and staff?; and 2) how have students, faculty, and staff engaged with initiatives to elevate and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. [...] The mapping approach is based on three components: 1) An "Artificial Intelligence" component to provide analysis of lesson plans, using a learning algorithm trained on a database of key words in the field of the SDGs and associated targets; 2) a "Communication" component dedicated to transferring the results of the AI component, helping to identify synergies and conflicts to support and encourage. [...] The aim of the project was to develop a methodology to undertand the extent to which the targets could apply to the City of Los Angeles, and to suggest any changes that depict local context. [...] For each of the SDGs, the document is divided into the applicability of each SDG to the university or college’s environment, specific indicators to measure, and the contributions institutions can make to that specific goal. [...] There are several ways of demonstrating an institutional commitment to the SDGs, depending on the sizes and context of the institution, including: Integrating the SDGs into Current Post-secondary Plans and Strategies Introducing the SDGs within campus-wide plans affirms that there is a whole- of-institution approach towards achieving the SDGs.