The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is the state’s flagship university and a public land grant institution. As such, the university’s mission includes contributing to the economic, social, human, and environmental capital of the US and globally. Through such engagement, UT embraces the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as one means to understand as well as gauge our impact. The SDGs serve as a call to action for all countries to promote prosperity while protecting the planet, and universities are in an excellent position to contribute to achieving these goals because of the existing knowledge, research, and innovative thinking that is foundational to higher education.
For students, one way to engage and dive deeper into understanding the complexities of the SDGs is through courses that speak to specific SDGs. To learn more about UT courses aligned with SDGs, check out the course list with SDG badges grouped by SDG or by the department.
The University of Tennessee is committed to the UN SDGs. Among other entities, UT is a signatory and participating member of the following:
- Declaration on University Global Engagement, a joint effort from the United Nations Institute for Training Research and the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities.
- University Global Coalition hosts a gathering of universities from across the globe to address strategies for addressing the SDGs, and UT participates annually
- UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN USA)