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Sustainability Goals

UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABILITY GOALS (SDGs)

In 2015, Canada and 192 other Member States of the United Nations, businesses and civil society adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development:  a global framework of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with 169 targets to build a better world for people everywhere and the planet.    

WHY TEACH USING SDGS

We have a tremendous opportunity in Atlantic Canada right now to connect youth with the UN SDGs, to spark action through learning in an authentic and impactful context and create innovative solutions and develop growth mindsets.  Engaging our young people to boldly solve real problems in the biggest and brightest plan to improve the lives of people everywhere and transform the world, will help to mobilize Canada’s efforts.  Together, we can play an active role in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development! 

 

We are challenging teachers & students to consider how communities can become more sustainable by taking the Community of the Future Innovation Challenge.   Using the UN SDGs as your framework, consider how your province and community can work towards one (or several) of the 17 sustainability goals.   For example, poverty and access to clean water are problems here in Canada. What other goals can we relate to? How can we work to overcome these challenges? Consider which SDG you’re going to focus on and design a solution within your “Community of the Future”.   Take the challenge now!

CONSIDER UN SDG #13:

CLIMATE CHANGE

There is an urgency to help combat climate change and its impacts in our local and global communities. This issue is at the centre of political decisions and global discussions. The same issue is being discussed in kindergarten classes and around dining room tables in big cities or rural communities, it does not discriminate. We are very excited to provide this challenge to our students and see how they can rise to the challenge. Through this project students will learn concepts and develop strategies that have a positive impact that may stretch well beyond any community’s border. 

Before your students start building they need to consider the problems of existing communities and how their future community will work to fix those problems.  After they have considered the key components of their community ask them to start designing and planning.    Ask students to consider other concepts like culture and heritage. This challenge will encourage you to think of the entirety of your community while incorporating a core group of its buildings, roads, utilities, parks, people and practices into a model. This model will serve to inspire others who are also passionate about solving our current struggles with sustainability and climate change. 

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Tips & Tricks

Here are tips and tricks from architects for building models.  

1- You can always make certain parts of you community less attractive  or less detailed and highlight your innovations using colors or lights

2- Highlight the facades of your buildings or constructions. 

3- Showcase the important structural parts of your buildings. 

4- The more land you want to showcase in your model, the less details are needed and the smaller the scale- this will also make it easier to build. 

5- Decide ahead of time if you want us to see inside certain models, this will help you make that accessible.

Challenge Students

Community of the Future Innovation Challenge

Design your community to help reach UN SDGs. 

Sustainable Entrepreneurial Design Challenge

Design a business to help reach UN SDGs.

Community of the Future Innovation Challenge

Design your community to help reach UN SDGs. 

Community of the Future Innovation Challenge

Design your community to help reach UN SDGs. 

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Community of the Future Innovation Challenge

Design your community to help reach UN SDGs. 

Sustainable Entrepreneurial Design Challenge

Design a business to help reach UN SDGs.

Community of the Future Innovation Challenge

Design your community to help reach UN SDGs. 

Community of the Future Innovation Challenge

Design your community to help reach UN SDGs. 

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