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SCU Seal and UN SDGs background: Santa Clara University supports the Sustainable Development Goals

SCU Seal and UN SDGs background: Santa Clara University supports the Sustainable Development Goals

SCU x UN Sustainable Development Goals

This year, we’ve launched a social media series highlighting how SCU Broncos are contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Check out some highlights of the groups we’ve featured so far.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a list of seventeen objectives created by the United Nations.They describe how efforts to end global issues, such as poverty and education inequality, can go hand in hand with fighting climate change and its impacts.

This year, the Center for Sustainability launched a social media series highlighting how different SCU organizations are contributing to each of the SDGs. The posts also include Sustainability Playbook actions that students, faculty, and other community members can take to align their personal efforts with the goals. Check out the four SDGs we’ve featured so far:


Goal 1 – Zero Poverty

Focus of the Goal: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

SCU Highlight: Civil Engineering students worked with SCU's Frugal Innovation Hub to create climate smart farming solutions in rural Uganda. Not only does their sustainable agriculture system conserve water, use less land, and provide an alternative to harmful fertilizers, but it also allows women to earn a higher income and stay out of poverty by growing their own food for their families.

Featured Playbook Action: Work on projects to help those in vulnerable situations improve their climate resilience


Goal 2 – Zero Hunger

Focus of the Goal: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture

SCU Highlight: The Food Recovery Network (FRN) salvages edible food from Benson and Pizza My Heart and donates the leftovers to those in need in our local community!

Featured Playbook Action: Plan meals before purchasing to reduce food waste


Goal 3 – Good Health and Well-Being

Focus of the Goal: Ensuring healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

SCU Highlight: SCU Emergency Medical Services is a student-run medical care organization. Their mission is to provide a healthy and safe campus community with immediate medical response in cases of emergency or injury.

Featured Playbook Action: Learn about the 8 dimensions of wellness and develop new strategies to prioritize your overall well-being


Goal 4 – Quality Education

Focus of the Goal: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

SCU Highlight: The LEAD Scholars Program strives to create an equitable college experience in which first-generation students at SCU are supported through such initiatives as academic courses, vocational exploration, and emergency funding.

Featured Playbook Action: Advocate for textbook affordability


View our full SDG posts by visiting our Instagram page, @sustainablescu!


Explore the organizations cited in this story:

  1. The United Nations Sustainable Development, “THE 17 GOALS,”
  2. The Center for Sustainability, “Playbooks,”
  3. The Frugal Innovation Hub,
  4. The Frugal Innovation Hub, “Climate Smart Farming for Uganda,”
  5. Santa Clara University Emergency Medical Services,
  6. Center for Student Involvement, “8 Dimensions of Wellness,”
  7. The LEAD Scholars Program,

Santa Clara University supports the Sustainable Development Goals