Our goals in action
Research and innovation
Queen’s has 24 institutional and faculty-based research centres pursuing research that addresses grand challenges and societal issues of national and international scope.
Queen's is home to internationally recognized researchers exploring a range of environmental topics including climate change, renewable energy, and water. The Queen's University research centres and institutes work collaboratively with each other and with international organizations to develop best practice around contributing to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Teaching and student life
Educating responsible leaders of tomorrow
The world needs leaders who are passionate about making a change and are ready to tackle challenging issues. The Smith Business School Certificate in Social Impact integrates social impact approaches into core business strategies and business models to inform the next generation of change leaders. Students have the opportunity to engage with industry leaders who are advancing social impact and grow their network through events offered through the Centre for Social Impact.
Canadian students compete to develop local solutions for global goals
Recognizing that students across our country have their own perspectives on how to advance sustainability, students at the Smith School of Business hosted a national competition to highlight student innovation. The Global Goals JAM at Smith is a competition that challenges student teams from across Canada to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals by creating local solutions with long-term impact.
Strengthening the community around us
We are passionate about volunteering in the community to advance a more sustainable world around them. Principal Patrick Deane is a Cabinet Member of the United Way and also the Sector Chair for Education, working to strengthen our community and facilitate change.
“[The SDGs] provide a shared language which helps universities in diverse geographical, political, and socio-economic locations understand and build upon the commonality of their work in both teaching and research.”
– Patrick Deane, Queen’s University Principal and Vice-Chancellor
Collaborating to advance UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Queen’s participates in cross-sectoral events with both government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to tackle the UN SDGs. We have direct involvement in national government SDG policy development, including identifying challenges, developing strategies, and enabling adaptive management.
Queen’s students also participate in efforts to advance SDGs through educational initiatives, volunteering, research programs, and student-led clubs and associations.
Shaping the future of sustainable finance
The Institute for Sustainable Finance is a multi-disciplinary network of researchers, private sector leaders and government policy makers working together to shape Canada’s innovations in sustainable finance.
The Institute has launched the Capital Mobilization Plan for a Canadian Low Carbon Economy. The landmark research that highlights that cooperation between the public sector, private sector, and financial system is critical to securing investments needed to meet Canada’s 2030 climate targets.
Shaping public policies that impact Canadians
Queen’s faculty and students provide specific expert advice to local, regional, or national government, through committee participation and provision of evidence. Our support helps to ensure better-informed and more effective public policies.
The Canadian Science Policy Conference brings together over 900 research, industry, and government leaders to discuss how to bridge the gaps between their sectors. At the 2019 event, Queen’s hosted a panel discussion on artificial intelligence and natural resources management. The discussion explored the impact of AI on the natural resources sector, including employment and changing practice.
Administration and operations
Advancing our SDG Goals
We are extremely proud to be the #1 ranked school in Canada and the fifth in the world when it comes to UN SDGs, according to the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings. However, we are not intent on resting on our laurels. We are committed to continuing to advance our work around each of the SDGs, to promote meaningful education on these goals across the university as well as in our city and beyond our borders. Over 15 annual reports produced by various units and departments across the university were provided as evidence for SDG 17, as proof of some of the tangible evidence the university is contributing to sustainability and social impact through efforts in research, teaching, and outreach.