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Sustainable Development Goal Mapping

SDG Mapping at HCC

Project Scope & Goals

The goal of this project is to discover how frequently any of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) appear in the Course Intended Outcomes (CIOs) of HCC courses. We chose to first map the CIOs because, unlike specific pedagogical practices and course materials used by individual instructors, CIOs are a more consistent variable across all course sections.

Using the feedback from this survey, we hope to get a broad scope of how frequently concepts of sustainability are introduced to students within any given educational pathway at HCC. Whatever the results may be, our intention is to spark a dialogue among faculty about SDGs across the college curriculum.

Do you have questions about this project? Contact Roxanna Palmer at

Mapping Instructions

  1. Take a few minutes to review the main scope of each sustainable development goal using the UN's Overview of the 17 Goals or reviewing the resources at the end of this guide  
    • There are also resources embedded into the mapping document to help you!
  2. Once you are ready to map, have a copy of your course syllabus or other documents that list the most up-to-date version of the Course Intended Outcomes (CIOs).
  3. Use the link below to access the document - you will be asked to log in to your HCC account (this is to help with data integrity).
  4. Review one course at a time based on the course prefix and number. Do not enter other course information such as title, section number, delivery method, or campus.
  5. You will be asked if there is at least one outcome that directly incorporates or addresses the goal, with three options for response: 
    • Yes - you will be prompted to the next goal
    • No - you will be prompted to the next goal
    • Maybe - you will be asked to briefly list or describe how or why you made this choice
  6. Remember - it is OK if the CIOs only match with one or two goals (or none!), our goal is not to scrutinize current CIOs.
  7. A space for comments and feedback is available at the end. If you want, you can make use of this space to describe ways you may incorporate any of the 17 SDGs within the course beyond the CIOs.

Access the Sustainable Development Goals Mapping Document

About the SDGs

Why the UN's 17 SDGs?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.  - from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Sustainable Development

We believe the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals are an ideal mechanism to discuss the broad concepts of sustainability and focus efforts into manageable outcomes that take into account the complex way our diverse and global society interacts with and depends upon the environment. Additionally, this project is inspired by a variety of course mapping initiatives at other colleges and universities. Visit the list of resources at the end of this guide for links to other projects.

Green Resources Guide

Sustainability at HCC