Report shows progress toward U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals
San Francisco

The San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA area has the highest SDG progress for 2019, 70%.

A recent report documented how more than 100 major metropolitan areas are progressing toward U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Along with comparison rankings, the report shows where further action is needed to reach goals by 2030.[1]

The SDGs were adopted unanimously at the United Nations in 2015. The 17 wide-ranging goals address human needs and social justice along with conservation, climate change, and other environmental concerns.

San Jose

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ranked second among the 105 metropolitan areas, reaching the 68% mark toward 2030 SDGs.

The 2019 US Cities Sustainable Development Report compares the SDG progress of communities nationwide. San Francisco, San Jose, and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas earned the top results overall.[2]

Results for the eleventh goal, Sustainable Cities and Communities, showed San Francisco and Washington, D.C. again earning high scores along with Boston, New York, and Madison, Wisconsin. Overall results fell significantly below the SDGs to be achieved by 2030. On average, the largest U.S. cities scored only 48.9%.

Scores of 100% were recorded for only one goal, Life on Land. Thirteen metropolitan areas attained that 2030 goal for conserving and restoring forests, wetlands, or other ecosystems:[3]

  • Trenton, NJ
  • McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
  • New Orleans-Metairie, LA
  • Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT
  • Dayton, OH
  • Springfield, MA
  • Manchester-Nashua, NH
  • Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
  • Providence-Warwick, RI-MA
  • Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ
  • Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC
  • Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL
  • Charleston-North Charleston, SC

The 2019 results show metropolitan areas nationwide to be well-along in their journeys. Still, work continues. With 11 years remaining, even the top-scoring metropolitan areas are 30% below overall goals.

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[2] – Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Alexa Stone
LEED AP, Sustainable Facility Professional, Envision Sustainability Professional - - Alexa has more than 25 years of experience in sustainable and Smart Cities development. Her strategic planning work has served local, state, and federal government, higher education, and private industry. Alexa founded ecoPreserve in 2009 as a team of 3 and has grown the company to over a dozen of the brightest sustainability and project management professionals in the industry.
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