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SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Our planet has provided us with an abundance of natural resources. But we have not utilized them responsibly and currently consume far beyond what our planet can provide. Goal 12 is about sustainably managing natural resources, reducing and managing waste better, and promoting sustainable lifestyles and company practices.

SDG 12: Responsible Consuption and Production

York hosts a sustainable Congress 2023

Pictured here: York University students volunteer at Congress 2023.  

In 2022, York University laid important groundwork to create positive change as the host of Congress 2023 – a major annual event for humanities and social sciences scholars. Over six days, 10,300+ attendees gathered under the event theme “Reckonings and Re-Imaginings” to reimagine a better world that embraces social justice and sustainability. With its ethically sourced coffee, tea and chocolate and decision to go swag-free, Congress 2023 was officially designated the biggest Fair Trade Event in Canadian history. Waste sorting stations were also available across campus to divert food waste and litter, and officials travelled around campus in electric cars.



publications relevant

to SDG 12



of publications co-authored with international institutions


K-12 Outreach Programs
with a focus on environment & sustainability


programs relevant or related to SDG 12


waste diversion from landfills


tonnes of waste recycled
(up 14% from the previous year)


York partners with the Black Chamber of Commerce to create change
York launches its Social Procurement Vendor Portal