Impact on Global Goals

Taking action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

As stated in Third Century Promise Dalhousie University's Strategic Plan 2021-2026, Dalhousie is committed to expanding understanding and adherence to the core principles of sustainability, advancing knowledge about climate change, and helping to catalyze evidence-based solutions through our teaching, research, and service that are consistent with the important work of fulfilling the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030.

Supporting the SDGs through high-impact research 

Each of the university’s five identified signature research clusters and two cross-cutting themes are linked to particular SDGs. Our faculty are encouraged to align their research, teaching and outreach efforts with the SDGs, while collaborating with partners locally, nationally and internationally.

Influencing change as a civic university with global impact

As stewards of the UN SDGs, Dalhousie leverages our global activities to deliver on our local commitments. That includes the development of an “impact charter” for Dalhousie that demonstrates our commitment to pursuing our ambitions through the lens of our responsibility.

Including social responsibility in our student experience

Social responsibility and sustainability are woven into teaching and learning across Dal’s faculties and campuses. From unique programs like Environment, Sustainability and Society to opportunities within the community, we offer students a variety of ways to get involved with creating a better future for all.

Building an operational foundation for inclusion and distinction

The Office of Sustainability works to incorporate sustainability concepts and criteria into policy and planning, building and retrofit projects, and operations, strengthening and measuring our stewardship of the UN SDGs. Dalhousie and our partners have invested $100 million in sustainability measures in the last decade.

Learn more about how Dalhousie is making impact on the important global goals by clicking each of the SDGs listed below.

Dalhousie ranked among the top 50 globally for good health & well‑being and life below water

THE Impact Rankings 2022 place Dal among top universities in the world working toward a better and more sustainable future for all

Dalhousie received top 200 placements in each of the six SDG-related categories it competed in this year. The university’s work related to both SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being and SDG 14: Life Below Water earned top 50 rankings, and Dal placed among the top 100 for SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation. 
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Dalhousie emerges as one of world’s top 100 universities for sustainability in new ranking

Ranks in top 10 among Canadian universities in the QS World University Rankings: Sustainability

Dal placed 86th in the world out of 700 participating universities — top 10 among Canadian universities, with an eighth place overall ranking. This is the second major international ranking designed to assess how universities are taking action to tackle the world’s greatest environmental, social and governance challenges.
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