New York City was the first city in the United States to align its ambitious sustainability goals with those of the world. Our purpose is to support NYC in its work to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — “localizing the SDGs.”
Launched in 2019 at the Center for Sustainable Business (CSB) at the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Invest NYC SDG is a multi-year initiative designed to help build a more sustainable, inclusive, and resilient urban economy in New York City. Using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) as a framework, we catalyze projects by engaging government, the private sector, and community stakeholders to tackle some of the major challenges of our time, such as reducing carbon emissions, supporting equitable and sustainable urban mobility, and addressing food insecurity.
While housed at an academic institution, Invest NYC SDG is not primarily a research project. Research provides the basis of this project, but our main goal is to leverage the convening power and influence of NYU to inspire collaboration between the public, private, philanthropic, social, and academic sectors to accelerate the development of new, sustainable businesses and organizations in New York City. As the first city in the world to systematically align its sustainability goals with the UN SDGs, New York City has created an important foundation with its sustainable development plans. Invest NYC SDG builds upon that foundation and helps pave the way for progress.
We are working to identify the best private-sector business and finance opportunities where there are significant interested key players, realistic business incentives, alignment with government policies, partnerships with communities, and significant impact in meeting the SDGs. Through concrete projects in NYC, we are also identifying government policies and/or finance innovations needed to be successful. With this work, we are creating a road map and tool kit for other cities, both in the U.S. and internationally, to take on the SDGs with strong private-sector support.