Emily Sandstrom



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The United Nations created the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 to include 17 goals and 169 targets that foster ongoing environmental, social, and global economic development and aiming to accomplish each goal by 2030. There has been considerable enthusiasm in various sectors since the SDGs have been in place; however, there is still a significant amount of work to be done to engage experts and young scholars (the future experts) in the SDGs. According to Salvia, Filho, Brandli, & Griebeler, 2019, researchers at institutions of higher learning from around the globe found a relation between locality and research, though questions remain concerning the role vocation and locality play in determining one’s predilection for a given SDG. This project analyzes individual rankings of the SDGs by comparing responses from college students interested in environmental sciences and academic and field professionals engaged in environmental work or research.

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Honors Thesis

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Ryan W. McEwan, Rebecca C.Potter

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Hanley Sustainability Institute


Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Quality Education; Partnerships for the Goals

Where You Are and What You Know: impact of Location and Education on Individual Engagement with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals