SDGs as a Community Development Framework: Sustainably Revitalizing an Industrial Legacy City

by Felix Fernando from University of Dayton, USA

The study findings outline many challenges and barriers that need to be resolved in the planning process and approach to develop an urban sustainability plan based on the SDGs framework. While the SDGs framework present numerous opportunities to focus urban community development efforts in a sustainable manner, the findings here indicate that many challenges -- such as lack of knowledge on SDGs, lack of planning resources, prioritizing SDGs within the local context, and balancing the inward/outward dynamics of urban sustainability -- needs to be addressed to develop an urban sustainability plan based on the SDG framework.