Sustainable Communities! is a freely available community research guide developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) in partnership with the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) as part of the Smithsonian Science for Global Goals project. These Smithsonian Science for Global Goals community research guides use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to focus on sustainable actions that are defined and implemented by students.

How can I help my community thrive?

Sustainable Communities! is the new community research guide from the Smithsonian Science for Global Goals project. In the guide, young people explore the question “How will we help our communities thrive?” through topics such as inclusion, urban planning, housing, transportation, resource use, and waste. Along the way, young people are introduced to a wide variety of perspectives, develop research skills, and learn from real scientists from around the globe. After discovering their own knowledge and feelings about their communities, young people understand the different aspects of sustainable communities through scientific and social scientific investigations. Then they use what they know and have learned to decide and implement actions to make their communities better.

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