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SDG 2: No Hunger 

SDG 2’s main objective is to eradicate all forms of hunger and malnutrition by 2030 and ensuring that all people, particularly children, have adequate and nutritious food consistently throughout the year. This goal encompasses encouraging sustainable agriculture, providing support to small-scale farmers, and increasing equal access to land, technology, and markets. The following highlights include how Oklahoma State University (OSU) contributes to this goal in the aspects of teaching, research, and outreach.

Teaching: OSU offers more than 300 sustainability-focused or related courses. 

Courses and education topics offered at OSU that are related to SDG 2 include agriculture, crops, food insecurity, nutrition, and rural development.

Research: 

OSU ranked 36th among US academic institutions in terms of scholarly output related to SDG2 (2017-2021, data reports generated by Elsevier).

  • Scholarly Output – 167
  • Authors – 735 
  • Citation Count – 1197
  • Field-weighted Citation Impact: 1.19
  • Key Areas for Research – Soil, Climate Models, Rainfall, Remote Sensing, Nutrition Sciences 
  • International Collaboration – 43.7%
Outreach/Extension: 
  • OSU Extension offers programs to share knowledge on plant and animal welfare, sustainable agricultural practices, and food products.
  • Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center: support the food and agricultural business sectors of Oklahoma, increase food safety for consumers, assist in the development of students for food industry careers
  • Oklahoma Crop Variety Trials share the results of all of the crop variety testing done each year. 
  • OSU Dining Services provide a variety of healthy and affordable choices for the campus and implement a food composting program to reduce food waste and help local farmers.

 

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being 

SDG 3's main objective is to ensure universal health coverage that would provide equitable access to health services in conjunction with safe and effective medicines and vaccines for all. It seeks to end the preventable death of newborns, infants, and child mortality. In addition, the goal aims to adhere to the commitment of eliminating the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other infectious diseases by 2030. The following highlights include how Oklahoma State University (OSU) contributes to this goal in the aspects of teaching, research, and outreach. 

Teaching:

 Courses and education topics offered at OSU that are related to SDG 3 include health, well-being, nutrition, and healthcare.

Research: 
  • OSU ranked 7th in US academic institutions in terms of Field-Weighted Citation Impact (2.69) related to SDG 3 (2017-2021, data reports generated by Elsevier).
  • Scholarly Output – 1140
  • Authors – 6667
  • Citation Count – 16554
  • Field-weighted Citation Impact: 2.69
  • Key Areas for Research – Obesity, Motor Activity, HIV Infection, Smoking, Probiotics
  • International Collaboration – 29.2%
Outreach/Extension: 
  • OSU Extension delivers outreach programs and projects in the local community to improve or promote health & wellbeing, Example: Community Nutrition Education Programs (CNEP): Educate and empower limited-resource Oklahomans to improve nutrition and physical activity behaviors.
  • OSU-CHS Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Care Outcomes): empowers clinicians in rural and underserved communities to provide specialty care to more people right where they live.

 

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation 

SDG 6’s main objective is to ensure the availability and sustainable water and sanitation management for all by 2030. This goal aims to improve water quality by minimizing pollution, removing dumping and curtailing the release of perilous chemicals and materials, reducing the proportion of untreated sewer water, and considerably increasing the recycling, and safe reprocess on a global basis. The following highlights include how Oklahoma State University (OSU) contributes to this goal in the aspects of teaching, research, and outreach. 

Teaching:

Courses and education topics offered at OSU that are related to SDG 6 include water, sanitation, wastewater, water quality, irrigation, and drought,

  • Water  
  • Sanitation 
  • Wastewater
  • Water quality
  • Irrigation 
  • Drought
  • Ecosystem 
Research: 
  • OSU ranked 47th among US academic institutions in terms of scholarly output
SDG 6 (2017-2021, data reports generated by Elsevier).
  • Scholarly Output – 62
  • Citation Count – 398
  • Authors – 251
  • Field-weighted Citation Impact: 1.08
  • Key Areas for Research – Water Resources, Water Management, Stormwater, Toxins 
  • International Collaboration – 37.1%
Outreach/Extension: 
  • OSU is an EPA Energy Star Partner recognized for using ENERGY STAR resources to reduce energy and water waste. OSU has been recognized as Tree Campus USA for 8 years in a row. 
  • Oklahoma Water Resources Center, established in 1965,is one of 54 institutes/centers in the U.S. The center strives to achieve high level of water quality and sustainable use of our region’s water through integrated programs of research, education, training, and technology assistance.
  • Engineering Without Boarder Student Organization has been volunteering to build a point-of-use water treatment system to develop clean drinking water in Guatemala.

 

SDG 7: Affordability and Clean Energy 

SDG 7’s main objective is to emphasize a concentrated global determination to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy services for all by the year 2030. In order to reach the goal of expanding energy access, this aim is focused on enhancing energy efficiency and investing in renewable energy. The following highlights include how Oklahoma State University (OSU) contributes to this goal in the aspects of teaching, research, and outreach. 

Teaching:

Courses and education topics offered at OSU that are related to SDG 7 include clean and renewable energy, wind, solar, geothermal, and hydroelectric technology.

Research: 
  • OSU ranked 99th in US academic institutions in terms of Field-Weighted Citation Impact related to SDG 7 ((2017-2021, data reports generated by Elsevier).
  • Scholarly Output – 133
  • Authors – 415
  • Citation Count – 1162
  • Field-weighted Citation Impact: 1.18
  • Key Areas for Research – Electric Power Transmission Networks, Wind Power, Electric Power Distribution, Electric Batteries 
  • International Collaboration – 42.9%
Outreach/Extension: 
  • OSU Extension services promote wind and solar energy to address the importance of energy efficiency and clean energy.
  • OSU Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) is the oldest and most successful industrial energy efficiency program in the nation. IAC helps American manufacturers save energy, reduce costs, and increase productivity.
  • OSU founded the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association and now serves as its national research partner.
  • OSU Biobased Products and Energy Center conducts research and provides educational programs in environmentally-sound biobased product and energy development. 

 

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth 

SDG 8’s main objective is focused on promoting sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic development, comprehensive and productive employment, and decent work for all. This SDG goal aims to encourage continued economic growth, higher level productivity, and technological advancement to achieve these targets. The central focus of the goal is to promote entrepreneurship and job creation as well as effective measures to eliminate forced labor, slavery, and human trafficking. The following highlights include how Oklahoma State University (OSU) contributes to this goal in the aspects of teaching, research, and outreach. 

Teaching:

Courses and education topics offered at OSU that are related to SDG 8 include economic growth, employment, sustainable development, and labor.

Research: 

OSU ranked 71st among US academic institutions in terms of scholarly output related to SDG 8 (2017-2021, data reports generated by Elsevier).

  • Scholarly Output – 56
  • Authors – 139
  • Citation Count – 207
  • Field-weighted Citation Impact: 1.25
  • Key Areas for Research – Industry, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Monetary Policy, Economic Growth, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • International Collaboration – 26.8%
Outreach/Extension: 
  • OSU Career Services provides a full spectrum of resources and industry expertise for students and alumni to successfully manage their career development. 
  • OSU Wes Watkins Center for International Trade Development assists Oklahoma companies in the international trade by providing knowledge, network and resources. 
  • The Center for Executive and Professional Development of Spears School of Business provides executive and professional development programs to expand the skill set of workforces in Oklahoma. 

 

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG 11’s main objective is to implement measures to enable cities and human settlements to be more inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable community. The key focus is to offer access to accessible and sustainable transport systems for all by improving road safety, particularly by increasing public transportations with emphasis to the needs of those in vulnerable situations such as women, children, persons with disabilities, and the elderly population by 2030. Another concentration of this goal is to implement new and intelligent urban planning to build safe, affordable, and resilient cities by incorporating a focus on green environment and bringing awareness to culturally inspiring living conditions. This SDG also focuses on the preservation of cultural heritage and environment in their communities, a sustainable community must have access to its history and culture in order to thrive. The following highlights include how Oklahoma State University (OSU) contributes to this goal in the aspects of teaching, research, and outreach. 

Teaching

Courses and education topics offered at OSU that are related to SDG 7 include urban planning, transportation, rural development, community, cultural heritage, and disaster prevention.

Research: 

OSU ranked 74th in US academic institutions in terms of Field-Weighted Citation Impact related to this SDG (2017-2021, data reports generated by Elsevier).

  • Scholarly Output – 55
  • Authors – 309
  • Citation Count – 387
  • Field-weighted Citation Impact: 1.52
  • Key Areas for Research – Electric Power Transmission Networks, Economic Growth, Exports, Tourism, Transportation, Ozonization, Housing, Neighborhood
  • International Collaboration – 40.0%
Outreach/Extension: 
  • Each year, OSU Greenwood School of Music, Department of Theatre as well as Student Union Allied Arts put together over 200 student, faculty and guest performances for OSU and Stillwater community. 
  • OSU Edmon Low Library and academic departments have many programs to record and/or preserve intangible cultural heritage, such as Oklahoma Oral History Program, American Indian Resources Program and Oklahoma Landscape Preservation book.
  • OSU Department of Parking and Transportation promotes sustainable commuting and transportation on campus and in the community through its University Bus System, Orange Ride bicycle rental, electrical scooters program, Carpool program and other sustainable efforts.
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