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SDGs FOR ALL STUDENTS is an initiative launched in 2018 by Gustolab International to foster dialogue, collaboration and community among students, academics, educators, and researchers on the importance of learning about, and acting towards sustainability. We do this through our courses, academic internships, events and communication campaigns.  The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a great tool to explore the meaning of sustainability as they pertain to issues that are worldwide regarding every human being.

Sustainable Food Systems: a Mediterranean Perspective
Our director Dr. Sonia Massari led the module on ‘New professional profiles in a Mediterranean context’ within the Sustainable Food Systems: a Mediterranean Perspective Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) organized by the Barilla Centre for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) Foundation with the University of Siena and the United Nations’ SDG Academy– an initiative of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.  This MOOC discusses the challenges and opportunities of the agricultural sector in the Mediterranean basin. It summarizes global-to-local challenges related to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG); outlines the history and culture of agriculture and its main characteristics with a focus on the “Mediterranean diet”; explains agricultural data with a focus on rural development models and value creation; explores EU policy frameworks and international agreements related to food and agriculture in the Mediterranean; and highlights emerging opportunities linked to innovation and sustainability in the sector. The MOOC is for students, practitioners, and stakeholder in the agriculture and food and beverage industry.

How to make your study abroad experience more sustainable
During the Spring 2018 UIUC Food Culture in Italy Program, students in the Food and Media course had the opportunity to work together in groups to share knowledge and tips about how to make the study abroad experience more sustainable through short videos that were live-streamed. The collection of the videos can be found at this link

SDGS for all Majors
During the summer term, we organized SDGs for all Majors, an interactive event with students from the Auburn University Mediterranean Summer 2018 Program in Italy, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Summer and Internship Program and the UMass Amherst Critical Studies on Food in Italy Summer 2018 program. The objective of the event was to promote dialogue between professors and students from different departments and universities regarding the SDGs and sustainability as a whole. This event was also part of the Festival dello Sviluppo Sostenibile 2018 of ASviS – Alleanza Italiana per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile, European Sustainable Development Week 2018 and CEREALIA – La Festa dei Cereali 2018.

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