The Metabolism of Cities Living Lab, Director, Dr. Gabriela Fernandez and Director of the Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age, Dr. Ming Hsiang Tsou presented at the ESRI User Conference 2023 in San Diego California to showcase their research on the SDGs along the US-Mexico border entitled “San Diego County’s Sustainable Development Goals Tracking Dashboard.”
5 P’s of the SDGs: Prosperity
Leaving no one behind (LNOB) is the central, transformative promise of the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs in San Diego. This operational dashboard has been developed by SDSU’s Metabolism of Cities Living Lab graduate student Layth Hassan Zubaidi to strengthen the UNDS’ support of implementation of the 2030 Agenda’s commitment to LNOB in San Diego County. The dashboard provides a step-by-step data collection approach tutorial, mapping, and policy recommendations to operationalizing San Diego County’s pledge to leave no one behind and reach the furthest behind first through policy guidance to support SDG achievement.
The San Diego State University Sustainable Development Goals Tracking Dashboard contains data on changes over time visualizing SDG indicators, the future of the SDGs amidst Covid-19, as well as calculations for trajectories until 2030. To assess and monitor the 17 Global Goals, at MOC-LLAB we will employ the SDGs City Indicator Index towards social, economic, and environmental well-being. Addressing the interconnected challenges of the SDGs requires transformative change.
The City of El Cajon is home to a large Iraqi refugee population. The city faces high poverty rates and low-income levels compared to other cities in San Diego County. Unfortunately, there is very limited information, services, and resources on refugees in the city, and current methods of data collection fail to acknowledge people of middle eastern descent independently.
The “I’m Home, San Diego” project aims to reinforce current resources for low-income people suffering from mental health and homelessness in downtown San Diego through an easy-to-navigate point-based reward system.
Active transportation to school is highly associated to provide numerous physical and mental health benefits for children. Given the rising rate of obesity in children, waling, and cycling to school can provide their daily recommended dose of exercise.
Health disparities left Black Americans vulnerable to contracting Covid-19 and dying from it at nearly two times greater than the rest of the population. The ComSciCon webinar aimed to build trust with black communities to fight inequalities that lead to racial disparity in healthcare.
The Metabolism of Cities Living Lab and the United Nations Environmental Program – Major Group for Children and Youth – Microplastics and Marine Litter Working Group organized ahead of COP26 a youth summit event of interactive meetings addressed to young people around the world. Through a partnership with Hubzine Italia, Citta Studi Campus Sostenibile, Politecnico di Milano, and #All 4 Climate Italy.
Evaluating the Safe Routes to School transportation program in social vulnerable communities in San Diego County, California
Walking or biking to school is more than twice as common among students from low-income households than students from higher income households. Creating safe routes to school is one key mechanism to achieve social equity goals by providing safe opportunities to walk and bike regardless of a community’s socio-economic composition.
The Urban Metabolism and Minority Pulse Campaign -7 tailor-based educational toolkits were developed for underrepresented populations on the topics of climate adaptation, urban metabolism, civic engagement, sustainability, and climate change using citizen science methods.