Faculty Database: Penn and the Sustainable Development Goals

Discover Penn’s strengths relative to global sustainability priorities.

Our Findings

Use the graphics below to explore our aggregated University results to-date. The data can be viewed per Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) and per school.

Key Statistics


All of Penn’s twelve schools have connections to the SDGs


Faculty members do research connected with the SDGs


Connections with the SDGs as a result of the analysis

Our Analysis

The faculty database identifies the connections between the research done at Penn and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Endorsed by 193 countries in 2015, the 17 SDGs highlight the challenges the world faces, including those of poverty, armed conflicts, inequality, climate change, and environmental degradation. This database aims to illuminate Penn’s relative strengths in generating knowledge to support solutions to these challenges while also resulting in a searchable database to foster transdisciplinary research.


An interdisciplinary team of students analyzed the research done by faculty members across Penn’s 12 schools. Each data collection assistant assumed responsibility for batches of academic units. They reviewed the biographies, course descriptions, websites, and publications of each faculty member in that unit using an online form to ensure consistency.

Data-Informed Projects

Our data-informed projects seek to highlight Penn’s strengths and opportunities vis-à-vis environmental teaching and research. 

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College Hall University of Pennsylvania Credit Eric Sucar