SDG Impact Rankings 2022: Congratulations Arizona State University on #2 Ranking Worldwide!


Collaboratory is once again excited to celebrate Arizona State University’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, moving from a #9 ranking in 2021 to an exceptional ranking of #2 globally and #1 in the United States in 2022.  The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings rank institutions in relation to the 17 SDG goals that were set in 2015. ASU stands out, even among the 106 countries/regions and 1,406 universities represented in the list.

In 2020, Jessica ‘Jess’ Givens, Project Management Associate in the Global Futures Laboratory at ASU, explored the intersection between community engagement activities and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals with Collaboratory’s Kristin Medlin and Matt Seto. Through this unique collaboration, the team developed a crosswalk prototype to map Collaboratory activities onto the Sustainable Development Goals. We will continue to iterate on this prototype as Collaboratory works to be recognized as a Times Higher Education-approved source of data.

–  Christina Ngo, ASU Director of Social Embeddedness

A university doesn’t achieve this without the dedicated work of faculty, staff, senior leadership, and countless other campus and community partners.  It is certainly an accomplishment to be applauded!

ASU President Michael Crow said, “How do we rethink the very role of the university to secure a healthy, positive future for every creature on this planet?” A timely question, and questions that are leading the institution toward solution-oriented and community-based work, including, but not limited to, the following programs: 

  • MechanicalTree: Developed by Carbon Collect in partnership with ASU and its Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, the world’s first MechanicalTree was installed on ASU’s Tempe campus to collect carbon from the atmosphere in order to help mitigate global warming. 

  • The ASU-Starbucks Center for the Future of People and the Planet launched to leverage ASU’s applied research, networks, expert faculty and innovation through shared aspirational commitments to the betterment of people, the planet and our global communities.

  • The Connective is a consortium that is building a first-of-its-kind “smart region” for the greater Phoenix area with the Thunderbird School’s Phoenix Global Rising initiative — a multi-stakeholder partnership advancing Phoenix’s global capacity. With the support of Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, ASU is helping deploy equitable and scalable technology solutions.

  • Gender education training for parliamentarians and global changemakers [via] videos [that] aim to eliminate discriminatory laws against women around the world and are now used by the nearly 200 member countries.

Learn more about ASU’s efforts and see their community impact work highlighted in the ASU Collaboratory 

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