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Sustainable Development Goals at CFWE

Through joining the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Auburn University has committed to progressing toward the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) initiated in 2012 by the United Nations. The university is committed to improving quality of life and health of the planet through the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment (CFWE), which works in partnership with the Office of Sustainability and the College of Human Sciences to address and promote each goal.

The Office of Sustainability recognizes CFWE progress toward the goals, especially through its research work:

“The College of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences’ diverse research program seeks to address many of today’s most critical issues facing society including global climate change, public health, food and water availability, water and soil quality, carbon sequestration, air pollution, and the use and management of forests, wildlife, and other natural resources. Studies are often performed in collaboration with other disciplines as well as with other universities, federal agencies and international organizations to best inform decision-makers in the development of policy to sustainably manage the earth’s resources where both ecosystems and human systems flourish.” 

SDG Achievement and Application at CFWE

The College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment strives for progress within the SDGs through multiple fronts.

Sustainable Development Goal 1 works to end poverty in all its forms everywhere. This goal strives to improve living standards and resilience, ensure economic resources and rights, and implement sound policies. 
Sustainable Development Goal 2 works to end hunger through achieving food security and improved nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture. This goal strives to ensure access to nutritious foods, support productive and resilient farms, and preserve and promote biodiversity.
Sustainable Development Goal 3 works to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. In addition, this goal strives to increase access to healthcare worldwide.
Explore how CFWE is working toward No Poverty:

Learn more about how AU is progressing toward achievement of SDG #1 at Auburn’s Office of Sustainability.

Explore how CFWE is working toward Zero Hunger:  

Learn more about how AU is progressing toward achievement of this goal on the page for SDG #2 at Auburn’s Office of Sustainability.

Explore how CFWE is working toward Good Health and Well-being:

Learn more about how AU is progressing toward achievement of this goal on the page for SDG #3 at Auburn’s Office of Sustainability.

Sustainable Development Goal 4 works to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. This goal strives to provide equal access; ensure literacy, numeracy, and skills; and develop qualified teachers and safe schools.
Sustainable Development Goal 5 works to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. This goal aims to end discrimination and violence, ensure access to care and resources, and value all work & provide opportunity. 
Sustainable Development Goal 6 works to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. This goal strives to ensure equitable access, improve quality, and increase efficiency of water & sanitation systems. 
Explore how CFWE is working toward Gender Equality:  

Learn more about how AU is progressing toward achievement of this goal on the page for SDG #5 at Auburn’s Office of Sustainability.

Explore how CFWE is working for Clean Water and Sanitation:

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Learn more about how AU is progressing toward achievement of this goal on the page for SDG #6 at Auburn’s Office of Sustainability.

Sustainable Development Goal 7 works to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. This goal strives to ensure affordable and clean energy through increasing renewable energy, expanding access and services, and enhancing efficiency and research. 
Sustainable Development Goal 8 works to promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth through achieving full and productive employment and decent work for all. This goal strives to support beneficial economic growth, promote decent and inclusive work, and expand access to economic systems. 
Sustainable Development Goal 9 works to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation. This goal strives to build resilient infrastructure, promote responsible industrialization, and enhance research and technology capabilities. 
Explore how CFWE is working for Affordable and Clean Energy:

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Learn more about how AU is progressing toward achievement of this goal on the page for SDG #7 at Auburn’s Office of Sustainability.

Explore how CFWE is working toward Decent Work and Economic Growth:  

Learn more about how AU is progressing toward achievement of this goal on the page for SDG #8 at Auburn’s Office of Sustainability.

Explore how CFWE is working for Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure:

Learn more about how AU is progressing toward achievement of this goal on the page for SDG #9 at Auburn’s Office of Sustainability.

Sustainable Development Goal 10 works to reduce inequality in & among countries. This goal strives to ensure access to resources, create equal opportunity, and improve migration practices. 
Sustainable Development Goal 11 works to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. This goal strives to improve living standards and resilience, ensure economic resources and rights, and implement sound policies.
Sustainable Development Goal 12 works to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. This goal strives to decrease waste, use & reuse resources efficiently, and adopt zero-waste practices. 
Explore how CFWE is working for Sustainable Cities and Communities:  

Learn more about how AU is progressing toward achievement of this goal on the page for SDG #11 at Auburn’s Office of Sustainability.

Sustainable Development Goal 13 works to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. This goal strives to strengthen resilience and adaptability, implement policies and plans, and increase capacity for change.
Sustainable Development Goal 14 works for the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas, and marine resources. This goal strives to prevent marine pollution, protect and conserve ecosystems, and end destructive fishing. 
Sustainable Development Goal 15 works to protect, restore, and promote the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss. This goal strives to preserve biodiversity and & increase eco-centric behaviors. 
Sustainable Development Goal 16 works to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. 
Sustainable Development Goal 17 works to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. This goal aims to enhance economic stability, increase trade of ideas and goods, and coordinate and measure progress.
Explore how CFWE is working for Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions:

Learn more about how AU is progressing toward achievement of this goal on the page for SDG #16 at Auburn’s Office of Sustainability.

Explore how CFWE is working for Partnership for the Goals:  

Learn more about how AU is progressing toward achievement of this goal on the page for SDG #17 at Auburn’s Office of Sustainability.