What are the SDGs?
SDG USA supports the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs), adopted by world leaders to mobilize efforts to tackle the great challenges of our time. The goals provide a holistic framework, applicable to all countries, aiming to eradicate poverty and deprivation, but also to grow our economies, to protect our environment, and to promote peace and good governance.
SDG USA Philosophy
At SDG USA, we believe that the United States President and Congress should adopt the American Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. By engaging thought leaders, researchers, students, policymakers, and local communities to set an ambitious, science-based, inclusive agenda, we can achieve the deep change our nation desperately needs.
The table below demonstrates how the SDGs might be translated into targets for specific indicators relevant to the United States context. SDG USA is refining this list through discussions with policymakers and citizens.
|SDG||Indicator||Actual 2015||Target 2030|
|SDG 1 End Poverty||Poverty Rate||17%||8%|
|SDG 2 Nutrition||Obesity Rate||34%||10%|
|SDG 3 Health||Life expectancy||78 Years||85 Years|
|SDG 4 Education||Student debt||$1 trillion||$200 billion|
|SDG 5 Gender Equality||Women in Congress||19.4%||50%|
|SDG 6 Water||Water stress (WRI)||2.9/5.0||1.0/5.0|
|SDG 7 Modern Energy Services||Renewable energy as share of total||6.3%||30%|
|SDG 8 Decent Work||Youth without work or training||15%||5%|
|SDG 9 Industry and Innovation||R&D as share of GDP||2.8%||4%|
|SDG 10 Inequality||Gini coefficient||.41||.30|
|SDG 11 Sustainable Cities||Wastewater treated||63.7%||100%|
|SDG 12 Sustainable Consumption||Non-recycled waste per person||1.7 tons||<1 ton|
|SDG 13 Climate Change||CO2 emissions per person||17 tons||<8 tons|
|SDG 14 Ocean Health||Protected marine sites||34%||10%|
|SDG 15 Terrestrial Health Protected||Terrestrial sites protected as share of total area||18.2%||50%|
|SDG 16 Peaceful Society||Prison population||716/100,000||100/100,000|
|SDG 17 Global Partnership||Development aid (%GDP)||0.17%||0.7%|
SDGs in Action
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network has launched an initiative to support the SDG agenda in three pilot cities in the US: New York, New York; Baltimore, Maryland; and San Jose, California.