San José, California was selected as a model city for the new USA Sustainable Cities Initiative (USA-SCI) in 2015. This project, led by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), brings together academic institutions and key urban stakeholders to localize the UN’s newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals—a series of global aspirations and priorities designed to take on major sustainable development challenges. San José State University (SJSU) served as the initial academic partner to facilitate a process that evaluated the City of San José’s strategies and goals and their alignment with the SDGs. In addition, recommendations for how the city could implement the SDGs at the local level were developed by faculty. The final report from this work, San José: Implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals at the Local Level, was published in December 2016.
In 2016, Stanford University’s Sustainable Urban Systems (SUS) initiative joined as San José’s second academic partner in the USA-SCI, with a focus on building an SDG Data Dashboard for San José which can ultimately be replicated for other cities. A team of students, lecturers, and researchers in SUS has collaborated with staff and community leaders in San José on the design and implementation of this interactive information tool.
For more information about the Dashboard, click here.
To explore the Dashboard demo, click here.