“The path to this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference has been a little rocky. But despite the last-minute change in venue – from Santiago, Chile, to Madrid, Spain – a dozen graduate students from Colorado State University will attend and take part in the climate talks, also known as the Conference of the Parties or COP. The conference runs Dec. 2-13.
They’ve been schooled on the ins and outs of the international gathering through a class taught by CSU Associate Professor Gillian Bowser in conjunction with Clark University Associate Professor Elisabeth Gilmore and Professor Sarah Green of Michigan Technological University. This will be the 10th trip to the COP for Bowser.
The class is not a primer on international travel. Bowser, Gilmore and Green charged the students with conducting research on the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, which serve as a call to action for countries around the world. Each team of students includes individuals from CSU, Clark and MTU. They’ll present their findings at press conferences held at the COP.”
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Fall2019 #GlobalVirtualCampus #NuclearEnergy #WindEnergy. ==> ” Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts shut down, a victim of rising costs and a technology that is struggling to remain economically viable in the United States. But the electricity generated by the aging nuclear station soon will be replaced by another carbon-free source: a fleet of 84 offshore wind turbines rising nearly 650 feet above the ocean’s surface. ” What are the trends in Clean Energies technologies? #DrLepervancheCampus
“The developers of the Vineyard Wind project say their turbines—anchored about 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard—will generate 800 megawatts of electricity once they start spinning sometime in 2022. That’s equivalent to the output of a large coal-fired power plant and more than Pilgrim’s 640 megawatts. “
#SDG7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
PROGRESS OF GOAL 7 IN 2019
Access to electricity in the poorest countries has begun to accelerate, energy efficiency continues to improve and renewable energy is making gains in electricity sector. Despite this progress, some 800 million people remain without electricity while access to clean cooking fuels and technologies needs dedicated attention. In addition, if Sustainable Development Goals 7, 13 and related Goals are to be met, much higher levels of ambition are required with regard to renewable energy, including transportation and heating.
The global electrification rate rose from 83 per cent in 2010 to 87 per cent in 2015, with the increase accelerating to reach 89 per cent in 2017. However, some 840 million people around the world are still without access to electricity.
The global share of the population with access to clean cooking fuels and technologies reached 61 per cent in 2017, up from 57 per cent in 2010. Despite this progress, close to 3 billion people still rely primarily on inefficient and polluting cooking systems.
The renewable energy share of total final energy consumption gradually increased from 16.6 per cent in 2010 to 17.5 per cent in 2016, though much faster change is required to meet climate goals. Even though the absolute level of renewable energy consumption has grown by more than 18 per cent since 2010, only since 2012 has the growth of renewables outpaced the growth of total energy consumption. E/2019/68 14/39 19-07404
Global primary energy intensity (ratio of energy used per unit of GDP) improved from 5.9 in 2010 to 5.1 in 2016, a rate of improvement of 2.3 per cent, which is still short of the 2.7 per cent annual rate needed to reach target 3 of Sustainable Development Goal 7.
International financial flows to developing countries in support of clean and renewable energy reached $18.6 billion in 2016, almost doubling from $9.9 billion in 2010.
We have been incorporating the #SDGs in our courses using #My4SDGs that specifically relate to courses content. #SDG7 Affordable and Clean Energy covers our topics related to emerging energy initiatives. #InternationalBusinessManagement#GLOBE4SGGs ==> Explore the world of #nuclear applications with this interactive infographic and learn how nuclear is contributing to achieve the @GlobalGoalsUN.
How to connect specific Sustainable Development Goals (#My4SDGs) to specific courses in Global Management. #SDG4 Quality Education with Management Theory and Practice, #SDG7 Affordable and Clean energy with International Business Management, #SDG9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure with Management of Information Systems, and #SDG11 Sustainable Cities and Communities with Strategic Management & Decision Making.
Video goes outside the classroom to explain how to organize other sets of SDGs including Environmental, Community, Social, and Partnerships to start measuring individual actions toward specific SDGs. It includes outdoors learning activities, #Scouts4SDGs, #TEDxFSCJLearningAdventures and GLOBE Global Learning Opportunities Building Engagement #GLOBE4SDGs.
His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, affirmed the UAE’s commitment to enabling inclusive and sustainable industrial development as a catalyst for economic and social prosperity, and commented on the occasion: “Selecting Abu Dhabi to host the 18th UNIDO General Conference reflects the international recognition of the UAE’s significant role in supporting the global industrial sector to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. The UAE remains a pioneer in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and continues to bridge and connect civilisations between the East and West. Through its partnership with UNIDO in the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, the UAE is well-positioned to play a strategic role in shaping the future of the global manufacturing sector.”
GeSI presented its latest report, ‘Enabling the Global Goals,’ at the third SDG Business Forum in New York. The evidence shows that there is a clear, positive link between digital access and 11 of the 17 SDGs. To monitor digital access, GeSI developed a new tool: the GeSI Digital Access Index, focused solely on digital and technology indicators.
This publication is designed as a guide for education professionals on the use of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in learning for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and consequently to contribute to achieving the SDGs. The guide identifies indicative learning objectives and suggests topics and learning activities for each SDG. It also presents implementation methods at different levels, from course design to national strategies (Qian Tang, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education).
#GlobalGoals #SDGs ==> Can we end hunger and poverty, halt climate change and achieve gender equality in the next 15 years? The governments of the world think we can. Meeting at the UN in September 2015, they agreed to a new set of Global Goals for the development of the world to 2030. Social progress expert Michael Green invites us to imagine how these goals and their vision for a better world can be achieved.
Michael Green is part of the team that has created the Social Progress Index, a standard to rank societies based on how they meet the needs of citizens.
They are using People’s Report Cards to grade each country. On 2017, how is the progress of SDGs measured using the Social Progress Index?
2017 Social Progress Index
The Social Progress Index is an aggregate index of social and environmental indicators that capture three dimensions of social progress: Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing, and Opportunity. The 2017 Social Progress Index includes data from 128 countries on 50 indicators. (http://www.socialprogressindex.com).