17 Rooms at Queen's

The first 17 Rooms at Queen's event was held June 21, 2021 and assembled close to 300 students, faculty, staff and community members in virtual Zoom rooms where they discussed each of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how Queen's can make progress on them to create a global impact. The inaugural event was led by the Office of the Vice-Principal (International) and the Principal's Office and resulted in significant collaboration, ideation and excitement that helped create awareness of the SDGs and actionable ideas to advance the goals at Queen's. 

A 17 Rooms exercise is a fast-paced, brainstorming approach to generating awareness of and action on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It brings together people interested in making a difference into 17 small groups, each tasked with generating ideas and knowledge to make progress towards a particular SDG. 17 Rooms events have been used by universities and other institutions around the world to spur action on the SGDs. It is an initiative designed by The Brookings Institute and The Rockefeller Foundation.

How does it work?

The event is started with all participants attending an opening address to put everyone in the right mindset to start the exercise. Following that, participants will join the break-out session related to their assigned SDG that will be moderated by a Queen's faculty member. For the next 90 minutes, the teams will discuss, collaborate and create to leave the event with some new ideas, new connections and new inspiration to continue working towards the SDGs beyond the event. To work well, the event should have just enough structure to guide the groups in a fruitful and engaging discussion, while also allowing creative ideas and experimentation to flourish.

Why should I participate?

Whether you have no idea what the SDGs are, or have made it your life's work, everyone will learn from this event and potentially come up with some new ideas you can apply to your work at Queen's. On top of that, participating in 17 Rooms is a great way to make some new connections and collaborate with other colleagues who are like-minded or bring a completely different perspective to your way of thinking. 

What is the time commitment?

It is a three hour event and participation in the entire three hours is required. Prior to the event, some moderators may host a one-hour "meet and greet" for participants to get acquainted and ask questions to learn a bit more about the event itself. Participants may also be asked to do a bit of pre-reading or complete a survey to ensure a base knowledge of their assigned SDG and also provoke some thinking before the event.

  Questions? Contact 17rooms@queensu.ca

Meet the 17 Rooms

1. No Poverty

SDG 1 is no povertyEnd poverty, in all its forms everywhere.

Moderator: Marcus Taylor

2. Zero Hunger

SDG 2 is zero hungerEnd hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

Moderators: Elaine Power and Susan Belyea

3. Good Health and Well-Being

SDG 3 is good health and well being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

Moderator: Nazik Hammad

4. Quality Education

SDG 4 is quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Moderator: Lindsay Morcom

5. Gender Equality

SDG 5 is gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Moderator: Kathleen Lahey

6. Clean Water and Sanitation

SDG 6 is clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Moderator: Elijah Bisung

7. Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 7 is affordable and clean energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

Moderator: Warren Mabee & Suraj Persaud

8. Decent Work and Economic Growth

SDG 8 is decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Moderator: Samuel Dahan

9. Industry Innovations and Infrastrucutre

SDG 9 is industry innovations and infrastrucutre

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

Moderator: Ali Etemad

10 Reduced Inequalities

SDG 10 is reduced inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries.

Moderator: Beverley Mullings

11. Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG 11 is sustainable cities and communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Moderator: Ajay Agarwal

12. Responsible Consumption and Production

SDG 12 is Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Moderator: Jean-Baptiste Litrico and Laurence Yang

13. Climate Action

SDG 13 is climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Moderator: Diane Orihel

14. Life Below Water

SDG 14 is life below water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Moderator: Ryan Mulligan

15. Life on Land

SDG 15 is life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Moderator: Sharon Regan

16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

SDG 16 is peace, justice and strong institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Moderator: Awet Weldemichael & Jonathan Rose

17. Partnerships for the Goals

SDG 17 is partnerships for the goalsStrengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

Moderator: Susan Bartels and Parvin Mousavi