In 2015 the United Nations established 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to address the major social, economic, and environmental issues around the world. Each universal goal is equally important as they are interconnected, and transformative progress is required in all goals to develop a sustainable world. These goals are attempting to be achieved globally by 2030 and as such are becoming more prominently addressed.
The United Nations defines sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” It highlights the necessity for better practices now to ensure a prosperous future while maintaining quality living conditions of the present. Many organizations and institutions, such as Brock University, recognizes this definition and uses it in the sustainability policies that guide their organizations.