Proceedings From ICSD 2018

These proceedings include the unedited papers from the 2018 International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD), held September 26th-28th at Columbia University, New York, USA. ICSD is a conference that brings together students, scholars, and practitioners to evaluate sustainable development best practices and solutions in creating a society that can meet the needs of the present generations without compromising the needs of future generations.

Best Paper

  1. Italian Cities SDGs Composite Index
    Luca Farnia and Laura Cavalli
  2. Breaking down silos: simulating consumer investment decisions in the multi-actor UK retrofit system
    Luciana Miu, Christoph Mazur, Adam Hawkes, Jeffrey Hardy, and Julia Sachs
  3. Kimeltuwe: Developing intercultural education strategies for Pehuenche communities in Chile
    Pauline Claramunt Torche and Fernando Dowling
  4. Best practices for inclusion of gender equality in monitoring and evaluation of rural climate services
    Tatiana Gumucio and Saroja Schwager
  5. Breaking down silos for national SDG planning
    Steven Arquitt and Matteo Pedercini
  6. New approaches to implement Sustainability Science – a Case of University of Helsinki
    Kaisa Korhonen-Kurki, Janna Pietikäinen, Paula Schönach, and Virpi Kuitto
  7. Sustainable cities and communities: the case study of Natal – Brazil
    Julio Rezende, Álvaro Oliveira, and Irani Santos

Oral Sessions

Linking Policy, Operations, and Workforce toward Meeting Global Health Goals

  1. mHealth4Afrika – Supporting Primary Healthcare Delivery in Resource Constrained Environments
    Paul Cunningham and Miriam Cunningham
  2. Environmental and health impacts of effluents from textile industries in Ethiopia: the case of Gelan and Dukem, Oromia Regional State
    Diriba Dadi Debela, Feyera Senbeta, Till Stellmacher, Hossein Azadi, and Steven Van Passel
  3. The Impact of Water and Sanitation on Childhood Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)
    Chaltu Daniel Kalbessa
  4. How can we and should we promote the private sector’s contribution beyond “established” global health community
    Michikazu Koshiba
  5. Gender Differences and Reflective Teaching on Reading Comprehension: Implications for Sustainable Development in Obiyo
    Ngozi Obiyo
  6. Sustainability of Societal Peace and the Paradox of Nation Building in Apartheid South Africa and Its Contemporary relevance.
    Olugbenga-Jay Oguntuwase
  7. Linking Policy and Engaging Cross-sector Institutes in Meeting Global Health Goals with Partner Countries – Public-Private Partnerships for TaiwanICDF’s Overseas Health Projects
    Chien-Yao Tseng
  8. Strengthening Health Systems: lessons from developing nation
    Arushi Sirohi

Metrics and frameworks for assessing Sustainable Urban Development

  1. Sustainable Urban Development Assessment of Northern Tehran Suburbs The case study of Shemiranat County in the Greater Tehran Area
    Yasmin Afshar
  2. How urban sanitation data standards will improve data collection, sharing and analysis to enable and track progress on SDG 6.2
    John Peter Archer and Lindsey Noakes
  3. Metrics and frameworks – capturing SDG interlinkages
    Ranjula Bali Swain
  4. Breaking Barrier for Sustainable Growth Index: An Integrated Tool for Assessing Sustainable Development Approaches
    Darshan Desai
  5. Italian Cities SDGs Composite Index
    Luca Farnia and Laura Cavalli
  6. Monitoring 25 years sustainable urban development with the Land Use Efficiency indicator; perspectives from the Global Human Settlements Layer
    Michele Melchiorri, Marcello Schiavina, Christina Corbane, Aneta J. Florczyk, and Martino Pesaresi
  7. Exploring SDGs in Six BC Cities: Aligning SDGs with Local Government Plans
    Sara Muir Owen
  8. Measuring Progress Toward the Sustainable Development Goals in Urban Contexts in Colombia
    Jorge Salem, Lucia Haro, Lia Celi, Diego de Leon, and Sarah Goddard
  9. Transforming Australia: SDG Progress Report
    John Thwaites, Michael Reid, Cameron Allen, Rod Glover, and Tahl Kestin
  10. Big Earth Observation Data for Sustainable Urban Development
    Panshi Wang, Chengquan Huang, and Eric Brown de Colstoun
  11. Spatial urban sustainability metrics and indicators guiding urban design and planning interventions
    Elena Vanz, Kyle Corkum, and Ryan Blackmon

Ensuring Public Engagement and Accountability for Sustainable Urban Development

  1. Public awareness and knowledge about seawater desalination and its impacts on the environment: Gaza strip, Palestine
    Saleh Aldaghma
  2. Internal Migration and Urbanization: A Case Study from Semi – arid Regions of Pakistan
    Ghamz E. Ali Siyal, Imran Khalid, and Ayesha Qaisrani
  3. A Model for Civic Engagement to Facilitate Sustainable Development in Los Sitios, Habana, Cuba
    Jackson Chabot, Daniel Eizo Miyagusko, Koichiro Tamura, Claudia Castillo de la Cruz, Daniela Freidman, and Dhanya Rajagopal
  4. Engaging Community Hearts, Minds and Spirit for Sustainable Development
    Barbara A. Coe
  5. The Power of Photography in the Hands of Community Stakeholders
    Cara Indiano, Claudia Rebola, Braden Trauth, and Michael Roller
  6. Social and Environmental Accountability Mechanisms at the United Nations
    Ani Karapetyan
  7. Why people matter: Moving from rhetoric to practice in public engagement
    Thandie Mwape
  8. Strengthening community engagement: promoting the SDG in condos
    Julio Rezende, Vicente Maciel, Christian Ribeiro, Luana Albuquerque, Diana Themístocles
  9. Sustainable cities and communities: the case study of Natal – Brazil
    Julio Rezende, Álvaro Oliveira, and Irani Santos
  10. Environmental Justice and Participation for Communities in Southern India
    Cassandra Szabo

Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Towns and Small Cities

  1. Thinning sea ice and thawing permafrost: Climate change adaptation planning in Nome, Alaska
    S. Jeff Birchall
  2. Increasing resilience through intense science-practice collaboration in a coastal urban region
    Sonja Deppisch
  3. Adapting Coastal Towns and Small Cities to Climate Change: Assessing the Scale of the Challenge
    James Fitton, Martin Lehmann, David C. Major
  4. Community Development in Maputo Special Reserve, Mozambique
    Fiona Hogan
  5. Dolores after the tornado: community governance, environmental challenges and adaptations in Southwestern Uruguay
    Silvina Lopez Barrera and Diego Thompson

Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Building in Agriculture

  1. Assessing Communication Channels for Scaling-up of Climate Smart Agriculture among Smallholder Farmers in Northern Uganda
    Oluwadara Adetuyi
  2. Assessment of Climate Variability, Post-Harvest Losses and Household Food Security in Kayonza District, Rwanda
    Toyib Aremu, Olawale Olayide, Andre Ndagijimana, and Jean Claude Mudahunga
  3. Assessing IFAD Value Chain Development Programme on Productivity and Income of Smallholder Farmers’ in Obafemi-Owode and Yewa North Local Government Areas of Ogun State
    Temitayo Bamidele, Olawale Olayide, and David Onigbinde
  4. Climate Change Impacts on Global Agricultural Trade Patterns: Evidence from the Past 50 Years
    Suborna Barua
  5. Farmers Labs: Learning for the climate change adaptation of Cacao Farming
    Ibnu Budiman and Marta Truszewska
  6. Advancing Climate Smart Agriculture Across the World
    Gabriela Burian, Tony Siantomas, Matthew Reddy, Daima Somogy, and Amy Braun
  7. Participatory Assessment and Adaptation for Resilience to Climate Change
    John Choptiany, Benjamin Graub, Samuel Ledderman, and Daniele Conversa
  8. Effectiveness of knowledge and skills development program on improving productivity of Smallholder Farmers’ Organisations:A Case of Post-Harvest handling of Fruits and Vegetables in Lushoto, Tanga, Tanzania
    Bukola Lawal, Olawale Olayide, and Bertha Mjawa
  9. Scaling-up Sustainable Development Initiatives: A Comparative Case Study of Agri-Food System Innovations in New York, Senegal, and the South of Brazil
    Rositsa T. Ilieva and Andreas Hernandez
  10. What is the Effect of Adoption of Innovative Rice Processing Techniques on Profitability and Empowerment of Smallholder Rice Processors? Case Study of IFAD Value Chain Development
    Abubakar Metcho and Olawale Olayide
  11. Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture: Proposals on Methods and Approaches for assessing adaptation, Adaptation Co-Benefits, and Resilience
    Godwell Nhamo
  12. Assessment of the Effect of Rural Enterprises Programme’s Business Development Services on Rural Livelihoods and Empowerment of Micro and Small Enterprises in Atwima Mponua and Kwabre East Districts of the Ashanti region of Ghana
    Lydia Oladapoo, Olawale Olayide, and Cletus Y. Kayenwee
  13. Role of Warehouse Receipt System in Enhancing Smallholder Producers Access to Credit Facilities from Financial Institutions
    Olubusayo Elizabeth Faleye, Segun Opadeji, and Julius Kallambo
  14. Linking Smallholder Farmers to Markets Enhances Productivity Growth: A Case Study of Rice Farmers in Ghana
    Luju Oranu, Olawale Olayide, and Galina Okartei-Akko
  15. Assessing the Water Quantity and Quality in the Upper Tana Catchment of Kenya: A case study of Embu and Kirinyaga Counties
    Isaac Oritogun, Olawale Olayide, and Francis Koome
  16. What are the Factors Influencing Livelihoods Diversification and Afforestation in the Upper Tana Area of Kenya?
    Idowu Owoeye, Olawale Olayide, and Paul Njuguna
  17. Trading Soils for Ceilings: Comparing the Resource Intensity of Vertical Farming to Conventional Techniques
    Alexander Rudnicki
  18. Effect of IFAD Value Chain Development Programme on Economic Welfare of Smallholder Rice and Cassava Producers in Anambra State, Nigeria
    Funmilola Tenabe, Olawale Olayide, and Michael Nwadihi
  19. The performance of financial cooperative societies and networks in provision of products and service to rural communities – A case of Same Kaya SACCOS, Tanzania
    Fatima Umar

Economics and Demography of Natural Disasters

  1. Natural Disaster Risk and the Distributional Dynamics of Damages: a Global Analysis
    Matteo Coronese, Francesco Lamperti, Francesca Chiaromonte, and Andrea Roventini
  2. The Effects of Dust Storms on Economic Development
    Timothy Foreman
  3. Long-Run Growth Impacts of Natural Disasters and the Connection to the Spatial Pattern of the Natural Hazard
    Stephanie Lackner
  4. The Protection Effect of Constitutional Human Rights during the Natural and Manmade Disaster, 1970-2007
    Hiroaki Matsuura
  5. Effects on Regional Population caused by the Kobe Earthquake Damages and Reconstruction Projects
    Michio Naoi and Keiichi Sato
  6. Migration Response to Tsunami Risk: Evidence from Nankai Trough Earthquake Predictions in Japan
    Michio Naoi, Keiichi Sato, Shingo Nagamatsu, and Hiroaki Matsuura
  7. Exposure to floods and earthquakes in Europe: demography variability in daily and seasonal cycles
    Marcello Schiavina, Sérgio Freire, Konstantin Rosina, and Filipe Batista e Silva

Clean and Affordable Energy as a Keystone for Sustainable Development

  1. Energy Access, Climate Change and Water Use: Synergies and Trade-offs
    Isabella Alloisio
  2. Exploring the economic impact of renewable energy on grid: Diminishing marginal revenues and increasing abatement costs
    Saptarshi Das, Eric Williams, and Eric Hittinger
  3. A Sustainable Solar Power System for the University of Nigeria, Nsukka using Micro Inverters
    Nathan David
  4. A Proposed Solar Energy Efficient Sustainable Street Light System: Case Study University of Nigeria, Nsukka
    Nathan David, Ifeebube Okoye, and Sochi Ogbonna David
  5. Energy needs for adaptation: what can we learn from Paris Agreement’s NDCs?
    Davide Marinella and Enrica de Cian
  6. Energy, emission and cost savings impact assessment of adopting energy efficient lighting in Enugu, Nigeria
    Anayo Ezeamama
  7. Addressing Renewable Energy Conundrum in the DR Congo: Focus on Grand Inga Hydropower Dam Project
    Laure Gnassou
  8. Extracting Power: How the Geopolitics of Rare Earths and the Clean Energy Transition Sustain Traditional Global Power Relationships and Unnatural Capitalism
    DeLaine Mayer
  9. Multi-Stakeholder partnerships to deliver on the SDGs in the Mont Kenya region
    Fanny Guezennec, Elias Ako, Thomas Blackburn, Meinrad Bürer, Thierry Fornas, Bernard Giraud, Arnaud Lanfranconi, Sarah Megahed, Kenneth Mwenda, Nishal Ramdoo, and Jean-Pierre Rennaud
  10. Applying Systems Thinking to Integrate Sustainability in PPPs for Mini-grids: Bukuya Mini-Hydro Case Example
    Douglas Marett, Arindam K. Basu, Marc A. Marr, Emma Mario, and Joeli Valemei
  11. Breaking down silos: simulating consumer investment decisions in the multi-actor UK retrofit system
    Luciana Miu, Christoph Mazur, Adam Hawkes, Jeffrey Hardy, and Julia Sachs
  12. Harnessing Clean Energy Projects in Mexico:The Case of the Jalisco 1 Solar Plant and the LED lighting in Zapopan
    Eduardo Riguero
  13. Challenges in the sustainability of hydroelectric projects and energy access in the Brazilian Amazon
    Judith Rodriguez

Globalization, Value Chains and Decent Work

  1. Getting it right: A new economy for South Africa
    Philippe Burger
  2. Policy Diffusion and the Fragmentation of Environmental Regulations in Asian Countries
    Fang-Ting Cheng
  3. Building a sustainable and inclusive value chain network in the Andean camelid textile sector
    Maria Fernandez, Paul Middlekoop, and Adriana Marina
  4. The Dispersion and Diffusion of Clean Technologies using machine learning methods
    Kyle Herman and Jun Xiang
  5. Spillover Effects of Global Value Chains for Sustainable Development
    Musa Jega Ibrahim
  6. A Fourth Industrial Revolution that empowers SDG 2030 : Exploring the Development-Technology Nexus in quest for Inclusivity
    Syed Munir Khasru and Avia Nahreen
  7. The Effect of Land-Based Investments in Developing Countries on Likelihood of Deforestation
    Hee Jin Koo and Kyle Frankel Davis
  8. Technology and Market Access Improve Livelihoods for Rural Ethiopian Beekeepers
    Elizabeth McGovern, Joshua Kruskal, and Lianna Tabar
  9. Understanding Youth: Skills and Decent Work in Tanzania
    Bethlehem Girma Mamo
  10. Towards safe and secure work for women in Bangalore, India: “Forward March”
    Salina Suri and Natalie Boychuk
  11. Corporate Sustainability in the Age of the Sustainable Development Goals
    Anton van Zanten and Rob van Tulder

Indigenous Approaches to Understanding and Practicing Sustainable Development

  1. Establishment of legally binding International Legal framework and Policy for Traditional Knowledge Protection in relation to Biodiversity
    Amanda Appasamy
  2. Shaping the Maya Economy: Human-Centered Design Approaches to Biocultural Innovation
    Sadikshya Aryal, Juliana Ramos, and Tyler Vogel
  3. Kimeltuwe: Developing intercultural education strategies for Pehuenche communities in Chile
    Pauline Claramunt Torche and Fernando Dowling
  4. Underlining the Ethical Principles that Drive Indigenous Farmers in Developing Countries to Pursue Environmental Sustainability when Adapting to Climate Change
    Eromose Ebhuoma
  5. Between extractivism and good living: An analysis of the Bolivian indigenous proposal
    Marysabel Pacheco Arreaño
  6. Indigenous Community Energy Plan
    Chelsie Parayko, Patricia Eyamba, and Nik Friesen-Huges
  7. Feeding the world, the nation or the village? Agrarian movements’ battle for food provisioning in Colombia
    Felipe Roa-Clavijo
  8. The Honourable Harvest: An Indigenous Research Protocol for Sustainable Development
    Erika Vas, Silvina Antunes, Kara Passey, and Jordan Tabobondung

Mainstreaming Gender in Agenda 2030: Interlinkages between Sustainable Development Goals

  1. Menstrual Hygiene Management Monitoring and the SDGs
    Sarah Goddard, Libbet Loughnan, Therese Mahon, Rob Bain, and Marni Sommer
  2. Gender Mainstreaming in Mine Action: creating interlinkages for progress across SDGs
    Vanessa Gomes Sampaio, Ursign Hofmann, Marion Provencher, and Laura Biscaglia
  3. Best practices for inclusion of gender equality in monitoring and evaluation of rural climate services
    Tatiana Gumucio
  4. Scaling Agency for Gender Empowerment & Strategic Gravidity: A Comprehensive Sexual & Reproductive Health Rights Programme for Ekiti State, Nigeria
    Mark Johnson, Shelby Graves, Maria Martinez, and Olumide Olorunfemi
  5. Linking Gender Equality (Goal 5) with Decent Work and Economic Growth opportunities (Goal 8) through the development of infrastructure (Goal 9) In LAC. Pilot experiences in Bolivia, Paraguay and Nicaragua
    Manuel Pastor and Isabel Granada
  6. Women / Energy / Climate: Linking SDG Impacts
    Renata Valladares and Sarah Leugers

Breaking Down Silos in Government Administration

  1. National Social Investment program: The potential to achieve the sustainable development goal on zero poverty through the Conditional Cash Transfer program in Nigeria
    Ibraheem S. Adam
  2. Breaking down silos for national SDG planning
    Steven Arquitt and Matteo Pedercini
  3. Silos or integrated policy making? An analysis of national institutional approaches to implementing the 2030 Agenda
    Anita Breuer
  4. Which silos first? Analysing the Italian case through the study of Tuscany Region’s government
    Simone Cresti and Alice Avalieri
  5. Towards Understanding the Level of Communication between Water-Energy-Food Government Organizations in San Antonio
    Bassel Daher, Rabi H. Mohtar, Kent E. Portney, and Bryce Hannibal
  6. America’s Goals for 2030
    Caroline Fox, Alainna Lynch, and Anna LoPresti
  7. Filling Africa Development Financing Gap: possible Africa-China-West Trilateral Cooperation
    Jie Li
  8. State of the Environment Reporting framed by the UN SDGs
    Michael Reid, Gillian Sparkes, David Griggs, Scott Rawlings, and Jenny Jelbart
  9. Requirements for the regionalization of global sustainability indicator concepts
    Dorothea Schostok
  10. Euskadi Basque Country Agenda 2030
    Estibaliz Urcelay and Leyre Madariaga

Breaking Down Silos in Universities: Imaginative Interdisciplinary Approaches to Sustainable Development Research, Education, and Practice

  1. Integrating Core Sustainability Meta-Competencies and SDGs Across the Silos in Curriculum and Professional Development
    Paul Bartlett
  2. Sustainable innovation in the digital transition and disruptive technologies age
    Mohamed Cheriet, Darine Ameyed, and Réjean Samson
  3. Urban Metabolism and Minority Pulse: An Education and Awareness Campaign Targeting Minority Groups
    Gabriela Fernandez and Carol Maione
  4. Developing the Sustainability Faculty Learning Community at SUNY New Paltz
    Will Hong
  5. New approaches to implement Sustainability Science – a Case of University of Helsinki
    Kaisa Korhonen-Kurki, Janna Pietikäinen, Paula Schönach, and Virpi Kuitto
  6. Higher education response to the energy sustainable development goal: Case of University of South Africa
    Godwell Nhamo
  7. Earth Hacks: A University Hackathon to Generate Interdisciplinary Solutions to Pressing Environmental Problems
    Sanjana Paul, Stephen Fong, Mashaba Rashid, Robert Burris, Nicholas Hattrup, Mit Amin, Vishakha Sehgal, Bhargav Sathish, and Ushna Arora
  8. Mars and SDG: applying SDG to Mars research station Habitat Marte
    Julio Rezende, Daniel Mousinho Lago, Vitor Jerônimo Teles
  9. SDG in universities: the study of UFRN in Brazil
    Julio Rezende, Laudemar Pessoa, Alana Nascimento Araújo, and Ana Carolina Fernandes Bezerra
  10. Leveraging a new generation committed with impactful interdisciplinary projects for the Sustainable Development Goals
    Leonardo Santos, Ariane Moura, and Cinthia Mara
  11. Interdisciplinary Approaches and Action: Teaching and Transversalizing Sustainability at The Centre for International Programs and Sustainability Studies, Universidad VERITAS, Costa Rica
    Helen Temple
  12. The Latin American university and the SDGs: A contribution to the construction of Transformative Innovation
    Eliana Villa and Jorge Robiedo

Collaborative Arts & Culture to Help Achieve the SDGs

  1. Art as Policy: The Blued Trees Symphony
    Aviva Rahmani
  2. (Re)Crafting Sustainability Through the Creative Industries: Perspectives from the Global South
    Connie Rapoo and Maitseo Bolaane

What’s Law Got to Do With It? Legal Preparedness for Delivering the SDGs

  1. Water Hazards, Environmental Justice, and Advanced Biofuels
    Nadia Ahmad, Stephanie Traeger, and Scott Badenoch
  2. Collaboration between MEAs and the SDGs: Mainstreaming sustainable development along global environmental conventions
    Natalia Escobar-Pemberthy
  3. Dreaming of Paris: Making the Paris Agreement Enforceable through International Arbitration
    Injy Johnstone
  4. Realizing the Right to Food and Nutrition through South-South Cooperation: A Rights-Based Technical and Knowledge Assistance for School Meals and Smallholder Farming Programmes
    Bruno Valim Magalhaes and Christiani Amaral Buani
  5. The Fate of Customary Tenure Systems of Ethnic Minority Groups in Upland Myanmar: An Analysis of the Land Tenure Reform Process since 2012
    Manuel von der Mühlen

In Search of Water Security in the Era of Climate Change

  1. Water Sharing or Dominance Declaring: Analyzing the Potentials for Transboundary Water Agreements between Israel and Palestine
    Riyaz Basi, Dilbag Jhuty, Shahene Patel, and Karolina Szymszyk
  2. Profiting from Water Security: Theories and Practice of Private Sector Participation
    Zachary Burns, Chrissy Scheerer, and Franklyn Searle
  3. The Real Water Wars: Water, Water Justice and Women
    Maria Carmona and Aleena Naseem
  4. Seeing the Unseen: Subaltern Voices and Actions for Water and Health Security
    Victoria Filippelli, Kiara Reyes-Leonte, and Shannon Seeraj
  5. The ‘Pluralism Puzzle’: Shifting from Reductionist to Pluralistic Understandings of Water Security
    Bradley Noonan, Jonathan Hand, and Mariana Sánchez Soto
  6. Critical Review of IWRM in Achieving Water Security
    Adnan Qader, Miha Alam, and Moushin Zadehesmaeil

Poster Sessions

  1. Offshore reef structures as viable management alternatives for eroding coastal regions
    Tanvi Oza
  2. Eco-Schools Leadership Initiative (ESLI)
    Mashaba Rashid