SDSN Northern Europe representatives presented sustainable solutions at ICSD

Peter Selberg & Maria Ådahl, Johanneberg Science Park, Åsa Wilske GAME, Katarina Gårdfeldt & Anna Nordén, SDSN Northern Europe

The SDSN Northern Europe representatives Johanneberg Science Park, GAME and Chalmers presented sustainable solutions during the fifth annual ICSD, International Conference on Sustainable Development, at Columbia University Campus in New York, September 18 – 19.

Professionals from the private sector, academia, government, and civil society, along with students from the world’s top universities gathered around this year’s theme The World in 2050: Looking Ahead for Sustainable Development.

Cooperation between different types of actors is highlighted as central to achieving the SDGs. Our way of building networks between academia, industry and the public sector raises great interest among the participants, says Åsa Wilske, chairman of GAME.

Collaboration is one of the SDGs and an area in which the GAME network has built up experience for 20 years. Collaboration has focused on reaching a fossil-free society and reducing environmental impact, an experience we are happy and proud to share, says Katarina Gårdfeldt, director of Centre for Environment and Sustainability, GMV and Co-chair of SDSN Northern Europe.

Johanneberg Science Park is an active participant in the regional work of Agenda 2030 and is in the process towards partnership in SDSN Northern Europe. Johanneberg Science Park supports companies seeking to boost their competitiveness and growth potential through innovation projects together with other companies, universities and institutes. During the conference they presented three successful projects; Riksbyggen Positive Footprint Housing, HSB Living Lab and AllAgeHub.

Karin Sjöstrand from the DRICKS drinking water research group at Chalmers, presented the paper “Water supply decision-making for a sound prioritization of society’s limited resources”  from the ongoing project “Decision Support for Sustainable Regional Drinking Water Supply”,  performed in collaboration with RISE and the Göteborg Region Association of Local Authorities (GR). Karin Sjöstrand is doing her PhD at Chalmers with Lars Rosén and Andreas Lindhe as supervisors. Karin Sjöstrand is currently also working at the Columbia Water Center at Columbia University, New York, USA.

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