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Webinar: Employing the SDGs to Enhance University Research and Education Sustainability Objectives

October 5, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT


Although the SDGs are a global framework, there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to how universities employ them to enhance research, education, and operational sustainability objectives. The purpose of this webinar is to take a deep dive into SDG course mappings so that universities can learn from each other to determine the best approach for their university. Representatives from Carnegie Mellon University, UC-Davis, and the University of Southern California will share their methodology for SDG course mappings and then open the floor to other universities to share what they are doing. 

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Alexandra Hiniker, Director of Sustainability Initiatives, Carnegie Mellon University

As the Director of Sustainability Initiatives at Carnegie Mellon, Alexandra is responsible for the university’s programs on the Sustainable Development Goals and Scholars at Risk. This includes publishing the world’s first Voluntary University Review in 2020. Previously, she oversaw New York City’s Sustainable Development Goals program at the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, where she sparked a worldwide movement by creating the concept of the award-winning Voluntary Local Review for cities to report on their progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals. Alexandra’s approach to sustainability is informed by 15 years of experience working in 18 countries across the globe. This includes leading humanitarian disarmament initiatives in some of the world’s most bombed and mined countries, advocating for locally-led peacebuilding processes as the PAX Representative to the United Nations in New York, and implementing pandemic preparedness projects in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe.

Julie Hopper, Sustainability Data Analyst, Office of Sustainability, University of Southern California

Dr. Julie Hopper recently joined USC’s Office of Sustainability as a data analyst to assist with the administration and coordination of projects that support campus sustainability on all fronts, with a focus on data collection, analysis, and reporting. Prior to this position, she was a postdoctoral research and teaching fellow at USC where she taught undergraduate courses in Ecology and Environmental Studies. Dr. Hopper received her PhD in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015

Kelli O’Day, Assessment Program Manager / Sustainability Officer, University of California, Davis

Kelli oversees UC Davis campus sustainability reporting and analyzes results to inform future sustainability planning efforts. Some of these reports include the UC Office of the President Annual Report on Sustainable Practices and the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). She is involved with UC-wide sustainability planning and coordination efforts for performance reporting; transportation; foodservice; zero waste; and diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) . Kelli also manages the Zero Waste Program reporting, policy and compliance efforts.



October 5, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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