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Sustainability Research

Explore Topic Ideas

Several of the library's Research Starter databases can help you explore topic ideas related to the three pillars of sustainability. Each of the links listed here takes you into a different database. Once in the database, you can explore more specific topics. The content in each database will vary so try exploring a few of them.

If you've already chosen a topic, a CQ Researcher report or Topic Page from one of the "in Context" databases will give you a solid understanding of the issue and get you started finding sources.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

"The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice." (From UN SDG website.)

These goals may prompt ideas for areas to research related the pillars of sustainability.

Goal 1, no poverty. Goal 2, zero hunger. Goal 3, good health and well being. Goal 4, quality education. Goal 5, gender equality. Goal 6, clean water and sanitation. Goal 7, affordable and clean energy. Goal 8, decent work and economic growth. Goal 9, industry, innovation, and infrastructure. Goal 10, reduced inequalities. Goal 11, sustainable cities and communities. Goal 12, responsible consumption and production. Goal 13, climate action. Goal 14, life below water. Goal 15, life on land. Goal 16, peace, justice and strong institutions. Goal 17, partnerships.