Building on ongoing municipal sustainable development planning efforts, the USA Sustainable Cities Initiative (USA-SCI) is supporting SDG achievement strategies in three pilot US cities: New York (New York), Baltimore (Maryland), and San Jose (California). These cities will be global pioneers – the first to develop SDG-based city-level development strategies that will serve as a model for cities worldwide.Learn more about SCI Baltimore Learn more about SCI San Jose
City-university collaboration will be an integral part of achieving SDGs in American cities in the long term. SDSN and Climate Nexus are working in partnership with leading academic institutions including Columbia University, University of Baltimore, University of Maryland and San Jose State University, to support the technical process of developing long-term SDG-based strategies in the pilot cities.
Key stages of the project will include:
- An inclusive dialogue, across communities, on the relevance of the SDG process and how SDGs can be made responsive to city-level development challenges and opportunities;
- The articulation of clear and compelling goals, specific to the city, yet aligned with the global SDGs, covering poverty, jobs, security, education, health, housing, infrastructure, low-carbon energy and environmental protection;
- The operationalization of the goals, through carefully developed targets and indicators;
- Identifying good practices and encouraging their scale-up;
- The preparation of a long-term strategy for the fulfillment of the identified goals;
- Pilot efforts in the three cities will generate tools and resources that can be used as models in other cities that wish to join the SDG effort; as those resources become available we will post them here.