Data is integral to target-setting and tracking SDG achievement over time. While much attention has been given to national-level measurement and reporting systems, such as the U.S. National Reporting Platform (NRP), less has been done to determine how these types of activities might function at the city level.

60% of the global population will live in cities by 2030, so successful SDG localization will be a critical step towards the achievement of SDGs.This success will depend on the concerted leadership of cities and city networks to take local action towards the Global Goals.

For the past year, Stanford’s Sustainable Urban Systems Initiative (SUS) within the School of Engineering has been working with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and a variety of local stakeholders in the California Bay Area to test SDG localization strategies. Check out this resource to learn about their findings and what have been the challenges and successes of this region.