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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The SDGs at WPI

The SDGs at WPI

WPI's contributions to achieving the SDGs take many forms.  Among them are faculty and student research, education at WPI related to the SDGs, initiatives led by WPI staff and administrators, and notably, student engagement with the SDGs through their work on IQPs (Interactive Qualifying Projects).

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The SDG Self-Study at WPI

Beginning in early 2022, a cross-university team led by Global School Dean Mimi Sheller together with Director of the Office of Sustainability, Professor Paul Mathisen, undertook WPI's first self-study on our contributions to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Other members of the team included Elizabeth Dufresne and Anna Gold from the Gordon Library; Nicole Luiz from the Office of Sustainability, and professors Sarah Stanlick (Director of the Great Problems Seminar program) and Carrick Eggleston (department head for Civil and Environmental Engineering).  Led by Elizabeth Dufresne, with particular help from Nicole Luiz (Department of Facilities and Office of Sustainability), University Analytics, and the Office of Sponsored Research, the team submitted data for WPI in November 2022 to the annual Times Higher Education Impact Ranking on university contributions to the SDGs.  The ranking itself will be announced in May, 2023.  

In 2023 the team will be assessing and sharing what was learned in the first year of submission, and will continue to develop opportunities for outreach, dialog, and collaboration related to the SDGs. You can reach the SDG self study team by email at