Creating a more sustainable world through the power of partnership

In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly set a collection of 17 global goals called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals are considered to be the blueprint to achieving a more sustainable future by the year 2030.

While organizations work to advance these goals, there remains a significant gap between the capital needed to address global environmental challenges, and what is currently being spent. The capital required to successfully tackle the SDGs is estimated at approximately $6 trillion per year; the current annual funding gap is as much as $3 trillion.

Government alone can’t solve these challenges, nor can philanthropic giving. Private-sector leadership and investment is critical to drive change. At Bank of America, we’re deploying $445 billion (2007-2030) in capital and working alongside clients and partners to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, sustainable economy, drive innovative thinking and advance the SDGs.

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Mahesh Ramanujam, President and Chief Executive Officer, USGBC, on SDG 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to creating a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC strives to create and transform spaces, making them brighter and healthier for us to live, work and play in. Since 2011, Bank of America has supported USGBC in these efforts.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 was created to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Here, USGBC President and CEO Mahesh Ramanuham shares his thoughts on how – with Bank of America’s support – USGBC has the power to create a more sustainable world.

Sustainable Food Production (SDG 2.4): Little Leaf Farms’ local approach to feeding the world

Inside one of the most technologically-advanced lettuce growing greenhouses in the world, Little Leaf Farms, a Devens, MA, company, is rethinking how food is grown and distributed. By keeping their production facilities close to the markets they serve, using on-site renewable energy, and integrating sustainable growing practices into their business model, Little Leaf is able to minimize their environmental impact while providing New England’s 14 million+ population with fresh, nutritious lettuce. “There’s no reason to ship food across the country,” notes Tim Cunniff of Little Leaf. “You can do it economically and sustainably while supporting local economies.”

Little Leaf’s innovative approach to growing food is one example of how private industries are adjusting their business models to help solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. By 2050, it’s estimated that 1.5 billion people will lack a sufficient supply of fruits or vegetables. Addressing the significant environmental impacts of a growing global population, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2.4 is designed to promote sustainable food production systems and drive the implementation of resilient agricultural practices.

Here, the Little Leaf team discusses why they’re rethinking traditional agriculture, and how – with Bank of America’s support – they plan on building a more sustainable food production and supply chain.