SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities


The eleventh Sustainable Development Goal aims to “make cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable” (“Sustainable Cities,” 2016, para.1). According to the UN, “cities occupy just 3 percent of the Earth’s land, but account for 60-80 percent of energy consumption and 70 percent of carbon emissions” (“Sustainable Cities,” 2016, para.4). In addition, “many cities are also more vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters” (“Sustainable Cities,” 2016, para.4). Sustainable cities ensure “all citizens live a decent quality of life and form a part of the city’s productive dynamic, creating shared prosperity and social stability without harming the environment” (“Sustainable Cities,” 2016, para.6). Numerous disciplines at PCGS are committed to fostering community development and creating sustainable infrastructure to meet the needs of a city without compromising the needs of the environment.

Source: United Nations. (2016). Sustainable cities: Why they matter. Retrieved from https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/11.pdf

Concentration Areas and Graduate Certificates


  • IDS 6216: Implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • IDS 6236: Sustainable Tourism Development: Principles and Practices
  • IDS 6246: Water Sensitive Urban Design for Sustainable Communities
  • IDS 6938: Envisioning Sustainability

Associated Faculty and Faculty Projects