Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Sustainable Development Innovation: Education, Research, and Enterprise Activities at Universities

  • Nigel MooreEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_306


Achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires progressive action in a number of realms including economic and environmental policy, finance, education, diplomacy, and many others. Technology and innovation are also foundational to success. Innovative technologies can be leveraged to improve the quality and reduce the costs and environmental footprint associated with the provision of basic services such as clean water, energy, healthcare, education, and other critical needs embodied in the 17 SDGs (LIGTT 2014).

The promise of technology in moving the sustainable development needle is exemplified by numerous examples. In the area of access to clean energy (SDG 7), recent advancements in solar photovoltaics, batteries, and information and communications technologies has allowed deep penetration of high-tech, climate-friendly energy technologies in economically disadvantaged and remote communities all over the world. In East Africa, for...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Waterloo Institute for Sustainable EnergyUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • Madhavi Venkatesan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA