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SDGs in Action

The SDG Actions are innovative projects developed by the MOC-LLAB team, as part of our Toolkit, promoting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in southern California and the Baja California Mexico region.

The SDG Actions are case study partnerships – between institutions with shared interests but who otherwise would not connect, or be able to do so as easily is at the heart of the MOC-LLAB. These partnerships will pioneer new methods, derive new insights, build new infrastructure, and develop policies with the aim of facilitating better decisions that lead to better lives. Like many networks, the majority of these interactions have sometimes taken place behind closed doors, physical, and virtual. This leads to less recognition of this important work and sometimes duplication of efforts.

The SDG Actions section offers a platform to represent the activities of its members and for burgeoning data collaboratives to attract input, resources, and partners, while offering regular updates about progress.

2023

SDG in Action Projects in 2023

MOC-LLAB at ESRI User Conference 2023 in San Diego, CA!

MOC-LLAB at ESRI User Conference 2023 in San Diego, CA!

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.”
Primer Foro de Buenas Prácticas Ambientales en la UABC

Primer Foro de Buenas Prácticas Ambientales en la UABC

Dr. Gabriela Fernandez and Dr. Alma Beatriz Navarro presented the recently signed SDG MOU collaboration between San Diego State University, Metabolism of Cities Living Lab and the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California on the fight towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals along the US-Mexico border.
SANDAG Coffee and Career Chat – MOC-LLAB

SANDAG Coffee and Career Chat – MOC-LLAB

Dr. Gabriela Fernandez the Director of the Metabolism of Cities Living Lab at SDSU was invited to SANDAG to provide more information about her career journey and the MOC-LLAB.
Evaluating the Safe Routes to School transportation program in social vulnerable communities in San Diego County, California

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.
SDSU’s US-Mexico Sustainable Development Goals Tracking Dashboard

SDSU’s US-Mexico Sustainable Development Goals Tracking Dashboard

The SDSU United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Tracking Dashboard is a data-driven initiative lead by the Metabolism of Cities Living Lab in collaboration with the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California in Mexico. The dashboard supports the tracking and monitoring of the UN Global Goals by 2030 in cities along the US and Mexico international border. By strengthening diversity and deliberation in climate adaptation planning while ensuring ‘No One is Left Behind.
2022

SDG in Action Projects in 2022

Evaluating the Safe Routes to School transportation program in social vulnerable communities in San Diego County, California

Evaluating the Safe Routes to School transportation program in social vulnerable communities in San Diego County, California

Location: San Diego County – Chula Vista, California Child safety is among the strongest impediments to children walking or biking to school, but for some it is a necessity due to financial or other circumstances. Walking or biking to school…

Smartphone-based light detection and ranging: a case study of measuring homeless encampments in downtown San Diego

Smartphone-based light detection and ranging: a case study of measuring homeless encampments in downtown San Diego

The United Nations “Leave No One Behind” motto is a commitment to assure the 2030 Global Agenda benefit all people, in particular marginalized groups. However, disadvantaged populations, such as homeless groups, are still getting left behind and not advocated for…

SDSU’s US-Mexico Sustainable Development Goals Tracking Dashboard

SDSU’s US-Mexico Sustainable Development Goals Tracking Dashboard

Location: San Diego State University, San Diego, CA and Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexico The SDSU United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Tracking Dashboard is a data-driven initiative lead by the Metabolism of Cities Living Lab in collaboration with the…

Detecting plastic pollution using data science methods in Imperial Beach, CA and Dunga Beach, Kenya

Detecting plastic pollution using data science methods in Imperial Beach, CA and Dunga Beach, Kenya

This project defines a replicable and flexible methodological framework for assessing the magnitude and distribution of marine pollution and impacts of beach activities. This analysis aims to provide comprehensive and harmonized information on plastics to deepen understanding on the management…

2021

SDG in Action Projects in 2021

International Society for Industrial Ecology. Cities Beyond Borders: (Re)thinking the urban metabolism

International Society for Industrial Ecology. Cities Beyond Borders: (Re)thinking the urban metabolism

Date: June 21, 2021 | Location: Yale University, New Haven Connecticut International Industrial Ecology (ISIE) Day 2021. Cities Beyond Borders: (Re)thinking the urban metabolism. Slot 9, International Society for Industrial Ecology, Yale University. The Metabolism of Cities Living Lab and Politecnico di Milano organized a seminar with the International Society of Industrial Ecology through Ecology… Read More »International Society for Industrial Ecology. Cities Beyond Borders: (Re)thinking the urban metabolism
9th International Conference on Sustainable Development

9th International Conference on Sustainable Development

The Metabolism of Cities Living Lab researchers presented 3 themes 1) “Comparing cases from California, USA and Italy” 2) “Social response to Covid-19 smart dashboard: the case study of 10 Italian metropolitan cities” and 3) “Social network analysis of Covid-19 sentiments: the case study of 10 metropolitan cities in Italy” at Columbia University in New York City, NY.
International One Health Conference – Urban Resilience: Strategies for a post-pandemic vision for cities

International One Health Conference – Urban Resilience: Strategies for a post-pandemic vision for cities

Date: September 21-23, 2021 | Location: Milan, Italy International One Health Conference – Urban Resilience: Strategies for a post-pandemic vision for cities, Politecnico di Milano, Resilience Lab Partners Yang Harrison, Fernandez Gabriela, Maione Carol, Zaballa Karenina, Bonnici Norbert, Carter Jarai, Sptizberg Brian, Chanwoo J., and Tsou Ming-Hsiang.
FOSS4G Conference

FOSS4G Conference

The Metabolism of Cities Living Lab researchers presented “Monitoring marine litter through participatory GIS: case studies and lessons learned” at the FOSS4G Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Hispanic Heritage Month SDSN-USA

Hispanic Heritage Month SDSN-USA

The Metabolism of Cities Living Lab researchers presented “Localizing the SDGs by strengthening diversity and deliberation in climate adaptation planning in southern California and the Baja California Mexico region” at the Hispanic Heritage Month, SDSN-USA event.
2020

SDG in Action Projects in 2020

Social Response to Covid-19: Sentiment Analysis and SMART Dashboard

Social Response to Covid-19: Sentiment Analysis and SMART Dashboard

The pandemic spread rapidly across Italy putting the region’s health system on the brink of collapse, highlighting the government’s capacity to respond to citizens. Ten dashboards provided an aggregated view of what people across Italy tweet during the pandemic by…

Track IT Covid-19 International Survey: Societal effects and perceptions

Track IT Covid-19 International Survey: Societal effects and perceptions

This study provides data from a large-scale survey covering societal effects and perceptions during the Covid-19 pandemic across geographies. The study aims to expand public knowledge and awareness on the effects of Covid on social behaviors, policy measures/regulations, well-being, government…

SDSU’s US-Mexico Sustainable Development Goals Tracking Dashboard

SDSU’s US-Mexico Sustainable Development Goals Tracking Dashboard

Location: San Diego State University, San Diego, CA and Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexico The SDSU United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Tracking Dashboard is a data-driven initiative lead by the Metabolism of Cities Living Lab in collaboration with the…

2019

SDG in Action Projects in 2019

SDSU’s US-Mexico Sustainable Development Goals Tracking Dashboard

SDSU’s US-Mexico Sustainable Development Goals Tracking Dashboard

Location: San Diego State University, San Diego, CA and Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexico The SDSU United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Tracking Dashboard is a data-driven initiative lead by the Metabolism of Cities Living Lab in collaboration with the…

The Nebula Project: Fog harvesting in urban environments

The Nebula Project: Fog harvesting in urban environments

Location: Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy Exploring fog harvesting technologies as an alternative source of water through a technique used to capture water from wind driven fog in the winter and humidity during hot summer days using nature-based solutions; tensile…

2018

SDG in Action Projects in 2018

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SDSU Student Research Symposium

Date: Friday, March 1, 2024 | Location: San Diego State University San Diego State University Student Research Symposium 2024 Metabolism of Cities Living Lab Presenter Researchers 1) Name: Lily Eckoff (Undergraduate student, Environmental Science with Focus on Environmental Law and Policy, SDSU) Supervisors: Dr.…

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Metabolism of Cities in Cucuta, Colombia!

Date: September 22, 2023 | Location: Universidad Simon Bolivar de Cucuta, Cucuta, Colombia Dr. Gabriela Fernandez and Dr. Domenico Vito presented the “Metabolism of Cities Living Lab research and practices” on Septiembre 22, 2023, at the III Simposio Internacional Doctorado…

MOC-LLAB at ESRI User Conference 2023 in San Diego, CA!

MOC-LLAB at ESRI User Conference 2023 in San Diego, CA!

Date: July 13, 2023, 8:30 am – 9:30 am (PST) | Location: San Diego, California, Room: 28A | SDCC The Metabolism of Cities Living Lab, Director, Dr. Gabriela Fernandez and Director of the Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile…

Primer Foro de Buenas Prácticas Ambientales en la UABC

Primer Foro de Buenas Prácticas Ambientales en la UABC

Location: Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexicali, Mexico | Date: May 12, 2023 Dr. Gabriela Fernandez and Dr. Alma Beatriz Navarro presented the recently signed SDG MOU collaboration between San Diego State University, Metabolism of Cities Living Lab and the…

SANDAG Coffee and Career Chat – MOC-LLAB

SANDAG Coffee and Career Chat – MOC-LLAB

Location: San Diego, CA, San Diego Association of Governments | Date: May 9, 2023 Dr. Gabriela Fernandez the Director of the Metabolism of Cities Living Lab was invited to SANDAG to provide more information about her career journey and the…

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