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Sustainability Science: Toward a Synthesis

This is the background document for the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine virtual workshop, Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities for Sustainability Science convened on November 30, December 1, and December 2, 2020.

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Six Transformations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

From Sustainable Development Solutions Network:

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change call for deep transformations in every country that require complementary actions by governments, civil society, science, and business. While significant progress is being made on some goals, no country is currently on track towards achieving all SDGs

World Happiness Report 2018

The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness. The World Happiness Report 2018, ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants.

The main focus of this year’s report, in addition to its usual ranking of the levels and changes in happiness around the world, is on migration within and between countries.

Tracking the SDGs in Canadian Cities: SDG 1

"In 2011, 81 per cent of Canadians lived in urban centres (Statistics Canada, 2011). Cities are the epicentres of arts and culture as well as hubs for business and economic growth, and as such they are important stakeholders in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. To ensure that cities are on track to contribute to these goals, assessments of indicators aligned with the SDG framework are necessary to identify what is working and where more attention should be devoted. IISD’s SGD Indicator Portal tracks SDG progress in 13 cities across Canada.

WHO AND WHAT GETS LEFT BEHIND? ASSESSING CANADA’S DOMESTIC STATUS ON THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

"This [Brookings Institution Working Paper 108, October 2017] paper presents a framework for assessing Canada’s status on the SDGs. It aims to adhere as much as practical to the formal U.N. targets, indicators, and database, while also drawing extensively from other sources, especially for sub-national assessments.

Equity in neighbourhood walkability? A comparative analysis of three large U.S. cities

This study examines the spatial and statistical relationships between social vulnerability (SV) and neighbourhood walkability across three large U.S. cities with different urban typologies and development patterns: Charlotte, NC (a low-density, fast-growing “Sunbelt” city); Pittsburgh, PA (a moderate density, shrinking “Rust Belt” city); and Portland, OR (a progressive West Coast city known for its sprawl-containment policies). Binary logistic regression, independent-samples t-tests, and mapping techniques are employed to determine whether neighbourhoods with high SV (i.e.

America’s First Sustainable Urban Agrihood Debuts in Detroit

For Immediate Release: 1:30 p.m. EST, Wednesday, November 30, 2016

America’s First Sustainable Urban Agrihood Debuts in Detroit

The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative to open new community center and café

DETROIT – The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) is debuting America’s first sustainable urban agrihood, an alternative neighborhood growth model in Detroit’s lower North End that positions agriculture as the centerpiece of a mixed-use urban development.

Routledge Sustainability Hub

Routledge Sustainability evolved from and incorporates the former Earthscan imprint and is a leading global publisher in Environment and Sustainability studies.  

An innovative knowledge centre for the global sustainability community, this Hub offers a wide range of resources about many facets of sustainability.  It includes resources by topic, sample chapters from textbooks, and a sustainability community section.

Getting Started with the Sustainable Development Goals: A Guide for Stakeholders

This guide provides a first and preliminary attempt to explain how countries, regions, cities, or sectors might start the process of operationalizing and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. As underscored, creative problem solving and intensive discussions among key stakeholders are required at local, national, regional, and global levels to make the SDGs a reality by 2030. 

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