Key Impacts of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Hey guys, here are a few bullet points from Vincent Kneefel, our guest speaker last week from the UN Global Compact, regarding the SDGs:

  • Ahead of the September SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) launch in New York this fall, both governments and businesses are trying to decipher how the goals will affect their strategies.
  • John F. Kennedy quote illuminates the power of goal-setting: “By defining our goal more clearly, by making it seem more manageable and less remote, we can help all peoples to see it, to draw hope from it, and to move irresistibly towards it.”
  • The key impacts of the Development Goals:
    • Catalyze social mobilization;
    • Create peer pressure;
    • Spur networks of expertise, knowledge and practice into action around sustainable development challenges
    • Mobilize stakeholder networks for a common purpose
  • The SDGs, slated for implementation from 2016 through 2030, are build on the previous Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which end this year. The MDGs’ 15-year run yielded a marked reduction in poverty and better disease control, galvanizing a global effort previously unseen. The SDGs are designed, in part, to pick up where the MDGs left off. Beyond poverty reduction and education, the 17 SDGs go into climate change, energy access, biodiversity and oceans.

RCBC Waste to Energy System in Milan, Tennessee

1) The problem is Waste. Landfills are filling up.

Article title – Green Earth Energy Builds the RCBC Waste to Energy System in Milan, Tennessee to Provide 100% Zero Landfill Waste Management for Customers
Website name – PRWeb
Website link –
Name of technology/brand – Green Earth Energy has restructured their waste and recycling facility in Milan, Tennessee to support the RCBC Waste to Energy system.
What the technology does – With the RCBC Waste to Energy system, Green Earth Energy will be using an average of 85 – 100 tons of fuel a day from a variety of manufacturing and household waste to fuel the RCBC boiler resulting in 1.5 – 2.5 megawatts of electricity.
How the technology addresses the problem – The RCBC provides 100% ZERO landfill waste management.
Appropriate tags – #zerolandfill, #wastetoenergy, #Tennesseeyoulaterlandfillwaste

3) Stakeholders that will need to use the technology found include the Green Earth Energy’s waste and recycling facility management team / engineers and the RCBC installation team.

4) Three steps to deploying this technology include:
Step 1 – Define the need by determining the amount of waste created per day and forecast future demand. Deploying this technology requires the determination of how much technology to deploy.
Step 2 – Prepare a budget to determine how you will pay for deployment & ongoing operations. Deploying this technology requires the determination of how much this technology will cost, which then requires the approval of management.
Step 3 – Set up a meeting with the RCBC sales manager (or other Waste to Energy system manufacturer) to discuss installation options and functional requirements of implementing the RCBC Waste to Energy system. Be sure to include the facility management team / engineers.

Case Study Evaluation Instructions

5 Step Process

Note: Please list out steps 1,2,3,4. Tag your UNI. Add a picture if available of the technology. Don’t write too much!

1) Identify a sustainability problem. List area of sustainability as a tag. Choose from: Energy, Water, Waste, Civic Engagement, Safety and Health.

2) Find and summarize with 3-5 bullet points an article that discusses an interesting technology that might address the problem. In the bullets please mention the name of the technology/brand if available. Include the article title, website name and link.

3) Identify organizational stakeholders that will need to use the technology found (i.e. Facilities management team)

4) Propose the first 3 steps in deploying this technology

5) Find another student’s post and using the comment feature, add a bullet describing the technology beyond what the post contains in “Step 2” after reading their article