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Definition of "Sustainable Cities & Communities"

"The eleventh goal identifies ways to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, affordable, and sustainable. These areas include:

  • road safety,
  • public transportation,
  • air quality
  • waste management,
  • climate resilience, and
  • urban planning."

UN Sustainable Development Goals. (2023). In Gale Global Issues Online Collection. Gale. URL

Helpful UN links for SDG #11 Sustainable Cities & Communities

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Suggested search terms for Goal #11 Sustainable Cities & Communities

These keywords are SOME of the terms that will help you research this goal. Use these in the main search box on the library homepage, library databases, and Google. Try combining them for the best search.

Develop your own key terms as you read about your topic and solution.

Note: Put quotation marks around phrases when you search (ie "extreme poverty")

Key terms:

air quality
basic service
building design
circular economy
city OR cities 
collaborative planning
cultural heritage
disaster risk reduction
ecological footprint
environmental footprint
governance OR {citizen participation
green space
human settlement
natural heritage
nature inclusive OR nature inclusive building
participatory planning
public transport
resilient building
sendai framework
smart city
sustainable building
urban OR metropoli* OR town* OR municipal
waste OR pollution OR pollutant*
waste water
zero energy building OR zero-energy building



For more about the key terms, see the Elsevier 2019 Scopus queries.