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17 Rooms: A new way to take practical next steps for the Sustainable Development Goals

March 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


This event will introduce the 17 Rooms initiative and workshop the 17 Rooms process for a university context.Co-convened by the Brookings Institution and The Rockefeller Foundation since 2018, 17 Rooms is a new approach to spurring collective action for the SDGs. Participants form working groups (or “Rooms”), one per SDG, and propose specific, practical next steps that can be achieved in 12-18 months to make progress for each. Action proposals are shared across Rooms to spot opportunities for cross-SDG collaboration that might bubble up.

Universities have been first-movers in adopting and adapting the “17 Rooms-X” process, finding it a powerful device to (i) raise SDG-awareness, (ii) make the SDGs practical and approachable, (iii) catalyze new campus and community partnerships, and (iii) align university-wide research, teaching, and strategic initiatives with the SDGs. Participants in this event will (i) learn the basics of the 17 Rooms process, (ii) be invited to join the 17 Rooms-X Community of Practice and (iii) gain access to the 17 Rooms-X “beta toolkit.”

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Panelists include:

Jacob Taylor, Senior Project Manager, 17 Rooms Initiative, Center for Sustainable Development, Brookings Institution
Shrijana Khanal, Project Coordinator, 17 Rooms Initiative, Center for Sustainable Development, Brookings Institution
Jason Ens, Executive Director, Academic Policy, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives, Concordia University
Judit Ungvari, Research and Innovation Officer, Institute for a Sustainable Earth, George Mason University
Heather Kincaide, Director, International, Queen’s University


March 3
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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The Brookings Institution


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