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SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

The world’s population is constantly increasing. To accommodate everyone, we need to build modern, sustainable cities. Goal 11 is about using new, intelligent urban planning to create safe, affordable and resilient cities with green and culturally inspiring living conditions.

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

YORK’S CITY INSTITUTE PROVIDES NEW KNOWLEDGE AND INNOVATIVE APPROACHES IN THE URBAN ARENA

Pictured here: Linda Peake

York University is a centre of thought and action on how we build more sustainable and inclusive cities and communities. One of our leaders in that field is Professor Linda Peake, an award-winning scholar on the intersection of race and gender and the influence they play in human geography and beyond. Her work as director of City Institute influences how we build, develop and redevelop our communities in the 21st century. Learn more here.

Facts

186

publications

(2018-2020)

38%

of publications co-authored with
international collaborators

$2M

spent at local and diverse-owned businesses and social enterprises

York alumni are

13.5%

more likely to have volunteered in the past year*

York Lions sheltered 100s of residents at our TAIT McKENZIE CENTRE displaced by a high-rise apartment fire in the local community

York Lions provided free access to sporting events & programs and childhood diabetes clinics to 100s of children from the Jane-Finch community (2019 & 2020)

Asante Soccer Academy, Union Basketball Canada Academy, Key Hoops, Active Scholars, and the Junior Provincial Wheelchair Basketball Team are just some of the community sporting groups and teams hosted by York Lions at our athletic facilities

Music, drama, and other performing arts events open to the public (in-person/virtual), hosted by the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design:
200+ event days (2018-2019)
500+ event days (2019-2020)
150+ event days (2020-2021)

*in comparison to other university graduates in the Greater Toronto Area 

Stories

Schulich partnership with City of Toronto wins EDCO Award of Excellence
The show must go on: How York theatre students helped adapt a local high-school musical for pandemic times