The University of Vermont (UVM) has joined a United Nations initiative that brings together international sustainability experts to solve urgent global challenges.

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) seeks to achieve the Paris Climate Agreement and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals—a global effort to address poverty, protect the environment, grow the economy, and promote peace and good governance. The network is led by U.N. Secretary-General and acclaimed economist Jeffrey Sachs.

“UVM has longstanding leadership in the areas of healthy societies and a healthy environment,” says UVM President Suresh Garimella. “As we advance these priorities through the Amplifying Our Impact strategic vision—and grow the areas of inquiry that connect them—I look forward to extending our contributions on a global scale. This partnership will not only further that work, it will promote UVM’s sustainability profile and create new opportunities for our scholars to develop solutions for the people of Vermont, the U.S. and world.”

The SDSN spans six continents and draws upon the knowledge and educational capacity of over 1,200 member institutions.

UVM’s SDSN liaison is Taylor Ricketts, Director of the Gund Institute for Environment, a UVM-wide accelerator of environmental research, which connects discoveries and new knowledge to government, business and society.

“I am excited that UVM is part of this global community of leaders, scholars, and practitioners focused on sustainability solutions,” says Taylor Ricketts. “Research at UVM and the Gund Institute research advances many Sustainable Development Goals. This connects UVM scholars to global priorities, and increases opportunities for real-world impact.”

The new partnership includes access for UVM scholars and Gund Fellows to SDSN Mobilize, a global platform that connects members to share and discover research and funding opportunities, find collaborators, develop partnerships, submit questions, and promote events related to sustainable development.

UVM’s leadership in sustainability

UVM has been a sustainability leader in American higher education since 1972, when it launched the nation’s first cross-college program in environmental studies. Inspired by our students’ passion for sustainability and the global climate crisis, UVM is a leader in sustainability education, research and operations.

Learn more about UVM’s leadership in sustainability.


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A student bikes along a path on UVM's campus
"This partnership will create opportunities for UVM scholars to develop solutions for the people of Vermont, the U.S. and world," says UVM President Suresh Garimella.