SDG Policy Initiative is part of a network of Experts across the US who developed the Zero Carbon Action Plan. The Zero Carbon Consortium is hosting a series of webinars focused on key chapters and strategic recommendations from the report related to: federal policy recommendations, elements of a just transition, power generation, transportation, food and land-use, materials, buildings, and industry. Register for webinars and read the reports below.


Transforming the Power Sector in America’s Zero-Carbon Action Plan


Transforming Transportation in America’s Zero-Carbon Action Plan


Transforming Buildings in America’s Zero-Carbon Action Plan


The Just Transition in America’s Zero-Carbon Action Plan


Policy and Implementation of America’s Zero-Carbon Action Plan


Sustainable Materials Management in America’s ZCAP


Transforming Industry in America’s Zero-Carbon Action Plan

Land Use

Transforming the Food and Land-Use Sector in America’s ZCAP

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by all 193 members of the United Nations in 2015, bring together academia, government, business and civil society around a shared agenda for the next decade. The SDG Policy Initiative has organized research, programs and centers of the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego to promote policies that can bring us closer to achieving the ambition of the SDGs to “leave no one behind”.

View research and projects at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, by SDG:

Climate Change



SDGs In the News

The Zero Carbon Action Plan (ZCAP), crafted by roughly 100 individuals spanning academia and think tanks, would help the U.S. reach the goals of the Paris Climate Accord and hit net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The research found that a transition to almost entirely clean sources of energy would . . .

Oct 27, 2020

A new European Handbook for SDG Voluntary Local Reviews offers to policymakers, researchers, and practitioners an inspirational framework to set up Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs). VLRs are a fundamental instrument to monitor progress and sustain the transformative and inclusive action of local actors towards the achievement of the SDGs. . . .

Director's Message

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the world’s shared purpose, centered on the simple yet revolutionary principle of “leave no one behind”.  Across the world, the SDGs have been embraced at all levels of society.  Cities such as Los AngelesHelsinkiBuenos Aires, national governments including Mexico and India as well as private companies like Qualcomm and Hilton have committed themselves to the shared goal of a sustainable and inclusive future, using the SDGs to guide and measure progress.

 Having spent my career in research as well as working with governments around the world, I know that many of the solutions exist to achieve the SDGs, but too often the silos within academia and government  limit opportunities to translate science into good policy.  The SDG Policy Initiative uses the SDGs as a framework for bringing together policymakers and researchers to inform evidence-based solutions for a sustainable future.  The SDGPI showcases the latest scientific contributions around the 17 SDGs at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, through its faculty and research centers.  In addition, you will learn about a series of programs that put the SDGs into action to address interconnected challenges at global, national and local scales. 

Across interrelated challenges such as poverty, discrimination, climate change and biodiversity loss, meeting the SDGs and achieving sustainable and inclusive growth more broadly will require bringing academia, governments, civil society, the private sector, and individuals together around the principles of the Sustainable Development Goals.  These principles — sustainability with equity and justice at its core — have never been more urgent.

Director, SDG Policy Initiative, UC San Diego