University of Wisconsin Madison’s UniverCity Alliance (UCA) works with and for local governments of all sizes to build strong thriving communities. This locally-customized approach is informed by the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are about what matters to communities – food, education, health care, a prosperous economy, and a clean and healthy environment. UCA’s signature program, UniverCity Year (UCY) begins with community priorities and engages faculty and students to work with local partners to make change.
UniverCity Year projects from all corners of Wisconsin align with the 17 SDGs. Wisconsin projects and a video outlining five ways to advance these goals are showcased below.
To learn more about sustainable communities, consider pursuing the UCA Digital Badge.
UW–Madison’s international partnership champions the role of museums in advancing sustainable cities
UniverCity Alliance Co-Chair Lori DiPrete Brown discussed the role of museums as anchor institutions for sustainable development during a UN-Habitat summit at the University of Guadalajara.
West Virginia University Professor Kevin Orner connects SDGs to environmental engineering
In this Weston Roundtable lecture, Orner shares how interdisciplinary and globally competent engineers can work across boundaries to address global challenges.
Local to global: Partnership connects City of Madison, UW-Madison on sustainability goals
UW-Madison faculty and students are working together to achieve sustainability priorities by linking local plans to global goals through a partnership that connects two schools on campus with the city of Madison.