Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a strong framework for internationalizing the curriculum across disciplines. The 17 goals were established by the United Nations in 2015 to help address complex challenges that transcend national borders. They are interconnected and interdisciplinary, so there are many ways to incorporate them into a course. Watch the video below to learn more about the SDGs and the variety of resources available to help you introduce them into your classroom.

Faculty Guide

A group of UF faculty and staff dedicated to promoting sustainable development created Sustainable Development Goals in the Classroom: A UF Faculty Guide for Using the United Nations SDGs. The guide includes the following information:

  • Background on the SDGs
  • The role of the University in accomplishing the SDGs
  • Examples of how the SDGs can be used in class
  • Classroom resources


Access the Guide 

Classroom Resources

  • UF One Health Center of Excellence curates a collection of news and resources on the SDGs called the SDG Hub
  • ActNow is a campaign by the UN that provides ideas of simple actions that students can take and commit to in order to reduce their carbon footprint. Examples include walking or biking more instead of driving, recycling, and taking 5-minute showers.
  • Gapminder is a nonprofit that offers multiple interactive resources to help students challenge their misconceptions about the world. Backed by facts, their tools show students realities from around the world on both individual and societal scales.
  • The SDG Fund Case Studies offer examples of how to advance the SDGs in many innovative ways. The case studies are tagged with the SDG(s) they address.
  • SDG Academy provides a compilation of massive open online courses and educational resources related to the SDGs.

SDGs Faculty Learning Community

This Faculty Learning Community (FLC) connect faculty and staff committed to integrating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in educational environments at the University of Florida. Members of this community share relevant resources and research surrounding sustainability and the SDGs and collaborate to develop classroom resources and create awareness of the SDGs at UF.


Register for the SDGs in the Classroom FLC


To learn more about these efforts, please contact:

Natalie Coers
Agricultural Education & Communication
UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences


Ryan Good
School of Natural Resources and Environment
UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences