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UN Sustainable Development: Energy Use

How the Energy Use & Impacts Attribute Aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

The United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed upon by 193 States Members in 2015 and provide a global framework to address sustainability challenges facing the planet. Public gardens through their collections, displays, research, education, and outreach programs can significantly contribute to the SDG goals and targets.

The Public Gardens Sustainability Index is intended to share examples of how gardens are contributing to specific SDG goals and to inspire gardens to advance their own garden programs to further the mission of their institution while connecting to local, national, and global sustainability efforts. This Index is a first step guide on how to “get started” with implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from 2015. It aims to help gardens of all sizes and governance models understand the SDG Agenda, to start an inclusive dialogue on SDG implementation, and to prepare SDG-based local or national development strategies (or align existing plans and strategies with the goals). This is a great resource for those interested in better understanding the SDGs and how your institution can contribute by thinking about ways to implement some of these strategies. 

The SDG framework provides a helpful point of reference to demonstrate the fundamental importance of plants for the planet and their importance to the environment, economy, and human health.


Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7):

Public gardens have the opportunity to be more conscious of energy efficiency and finding ways to incorporate renewable energy into their garden infrastructure. Public gardens can sustain plant life for future generations without relying on fossil fuels, inspiring those outside garden walls to do the same.





Gardens can help contribute to SDG 7 and achieve energy decarbonization by:

  • Calling for energy services that prioritize efficiency and utilize renwewable energy sources
  • Influencing visitorship and membership to subscribe to best energy use practices at home and in transport 
  • Demonstrate the direct correlation between non-sustainable energy use and the associated impacts on plant life
  • Apply research and development to support infrastructure for existing and new clean technologies  


The Association is dedicated to sharing resources that provide updates on the SDGs, particularly those that impact our industry and members. Resources that the Association has on the UN SDGs from past conferences and from external sources: