Carnegie Mellon University:
Tracking Sustainable Development Goals using Symplectic Elements

During our 2023 North American User Day, Alexandra Hiniker (Director of the Sustainability Initiative) and Jason Glenn (Program Director for Research Information Management Services) presented on CMU’s Sustainability Initiative and how they have been utilising Elements to help track their researchers’ engagement with and outputs related to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, a set of global objectives agreed to by all countries the United Nations as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Carnegie Mellon University: Tracking SDGs using Symplectic Elements 2

This case study covers:

  • How CMU became the first university in the world to publish a Voluntary University Review.
  • How Symplectic Elements can be used to label and track SDGs.
  • Approaches to encourage researchers in labelling their outputs by SDG Goal.
  • How Scholars@CMU offers a searchable, public directory that allows users to browse through researchers and publications by SDG Goal.
  • How administrators can use reporting in Symplectic Elements to analyse and demonstrate how research efforts across the university align with different Goals.


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