Transforming Our World: U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

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SUNY Geneseo is committed to five interconnected values: Learning, Creativity, Inclusivity, Civic Responsibility, and Sustainability. 

The Geneseo Experience will explore these five values via the various interests, majors, and minors of its faculty and you, its students.

We’ll be using the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a touchstone to help us learn and discuss with one another. Adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, the SDGs are part of a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, aiming at  ending poverty, improving health and education, reducing inequality,  spurring economic growth, tackling climate change, and preserving  oceans and forests.

This video from the Sustainability Illustrated channel is a great way to understand what the SDGs are, how they interconnect, and why they’re a tool for “transforming our world”: making positive change now for the future of everyone.

Sustainable Development Goals explained with 3 useful tips | Sustainability Illustrated

We invite you to pick one of the 17 goals to explore further. What do you most care about and why? Think about how it might relate to a major/minor you’re planning to study or a subject you’ve been interested in in the past!

And, if you want to know more about sustainability at SUNY Geneseo, including our Office of Sustainability run by Dan Dezarn, you can visit thir website at

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