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How do sustainability goals get globally implemented?
That’s the question a team of students has set out to answer.

During the summer of 2018 and now continuing into the fall and spring semesters, the team will be working on a tool that enables select New York City-based Missions to the United Nations to align the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development goals with their facilities and operations.

During the summer, the team worked on a manual to assist United Nations Missions in internalizing the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development goals to green their facilities and operations in New York City. In order to create this manual, students completed an intensive literature review of peer programs around the country.  The literature review contained information from 25 universities, 2 cities, 15 major international companies, and 5 non profit organizations. They also gathered information from 66 Sustainability UN sources in order to gain a foundation in what environmental reporting entails. From the literature review, they successfully completed an initial draft of the manual.  The manual currently includes 112 questions. These questions help the students get a baseline understanding of a particular Mission’s environmental efforts.

Throughout Fall 2018 the students will begin to test and refine the manual in at least 2 Missions.