The IAHI & the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

IUPUI ranked 8th in the US, and in the top ten percent world-wide, in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings for sustainability in 2023.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

The 17 SDGs are integrated—that is, they recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability.

We at the IU Indianapolis Arts and Humanities Institute recognize that achieving these goals requires the close collaboration of scientists, social scientists, humanists, artists, and communities.

Our interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and community engagement projects emphasize the SDG Goals of Quality Education, Clean Water and Sanitation, Sustainable Cities and Communities, and Partnerships.

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

New Humanities Lab

The New Humanities Lab at the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute (IAHI) supports high-impact learning in the humanities at IUPUI by embedding students in team-based, community engaged research projects.

Art+Ethics Seminar

The IAHI Art+Ethics Seminar Series examines the role of art in contemporary life. Free and open to the public, the seminar discusses the intersection between ethical theory and artistic practice. Seminar meetings discuss the intersections of ethics, public art, and urban design through shared readings, guest speakers, and conversation.

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Rivers of the Anthropocene

Rivers of the Anthropocene brings together scientists, humanists, social scientists, artists, policy makers, and community organizers to spark interdisciplinary discussion about humans and their freshwater environments.

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Anthropocene Household

The Anthropocene Household Project explores the Anthropocene at the local level by focusing on the household as a way to understand the lived experiences, knowledges, and practices associated with environmental change.

Cultural Ecologies

The Cultural Ecologies Project is a public research and engagement program that works with communities to research, design, curate, and evaluate arts and humanities interventions. Our goal is to develop innovative projects that link campus and community and result in a more informed citizenry and a more equitable cultural landscape.

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Memory, Place, and Community in Global Water Systems 

A working group of Future Earth’s Sustainable Water Future Programme, Memory, Place, and Community in Global Water Systems creates experimental and interactive experiences that transform knowledge, attitudes, practices, and values related to water and related global environmental systems.

Museum of the Anthropocene

Museum of the Anthropocene (MoA) is an experimental project that develops multi-sited, synchronous, interactive, networked environmental installations across the globe.