Global Philadelphia Leads Sustainable Development Goal Campaign


"We are so proud to be leading the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) right here in our World Heritage City – Philadelphia."  

- Zabeth Teelucksingh, Executive Director


The United Nations defines the goals as “vital for a recovery that leads to greener, more inclusive economies and stronger, more resilient societies. ” Through valued partnerships with academic, corporate, and individual partners and sponsors, we have been able to not only draw visible attention to the goal through our mural commissions, but also help area non-profits. 

A unique, multi-layered initiative, our SDG campaign combines a creative mix of ingredients: the interpretive power of art, the knowledge and resources of our local academic communities, the strong will of corporate and individuals sponsors and more. This combined with the financial contributions to local nonprofit organizations, truly exemplifies the shared goals within our city, and the community who supports us.


 Our SDG public art murals are appearing on walls all around our World Heritage City!

Click on the map icons to see for yourself. Be sure to plan a visit and take some pics.
Tag @globalphiladelphia #SDGPhl and send it to us at [email protected]


SDG #1 Mural Art at ShopRite at Parkside,
sponsored by John and Susan Smith


SDG #4 Mural Art at Samuel Gompers Elementary School,
sponsored by Saint Joseph's University


SDG #4 Mural Art at Saint Joseph University,
sponsored by Saint Joseph's University


SDG #5 Mural Art at Friends Select School,
sponsored by Glenmede Trust Company


SDG #10 Mural Art at Temple University,
sponsored by Temple University



 “I’m so encouraged by the organization embracing the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. There’s over 700 companies around the world, and every UN member organization has adopted these 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and we’re very proud to also be guided by them in our corporate social responsibility program, EarthView. We were so encouraged to see a Philadelphia organization taking such a leadership role in it. You’re all to be congratulated for that, and I look forward to how we continue to push those objectives forward.”

 – Jay H. Shah, CEO, Hersha Hospitality Trust (2019 Globy Acceptance Speech)



How does our SDG Campaign Work? 

Philadelphia walls will deliver SDG Goal Messaging:

The awareness-raising facet of this campaign will lead the way for other elements. Over the next three years, beautiful works of mural arts will be painted at strategic locations across the city. Each one will be an original work of art, painted by a prominent Philadelphia artist. Philadelphia will become an art gallery, devoted to the Sustainable Development Goal movement.


Sponsors of the paintings will enjoy the distinction of being identified with a goal, and enabling great art! 

Sponsorship fees will be donated to a nonprofit organization doing the real work of a particular SDG goal. The campaign will give greater visibility to these nonprofits and provide example-setting funding.  

Hosting sites 

Hosting sites will be admired for displaying the canvasses at their locations, and university-led research projects will accompany each SDG project.


Meet the SDG Advisory Council: 

Phil Asbury, Director of Community Murals, Mural Arts Philadelphia

Russell Craig, Artist

Dr. Hai-Lung Dai, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Chemistry and Vice President of
International Affairs, Temple University

Robert Fleming, Director of Online Innovation, Weitzman School of Design, University of

Dominique Goss, Charitable Giving Senior Manager, TD Bank

Randy Hayman, Commissioner and CEO, Philadelphia Water Department

Jabari Jones, President, West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative

Kyra Kaszynski, Director, Global Public Policy, Deloitte

Christine Knapp, Director, Office of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia

Michael Newmuis, Chief of Staff, Visit Philly

James O’Sullivan, Associate Professor of Social Ethics, Saint Joseph’s University

Lindsey Samahon, Communications Director, Kleinman School for Energy Policy, University of Pennsylvania

John Smith, Board Chair Emeritus and Senior Counselor, Global Philadelphia Associate

Barbara Smolen, Artist

Nicole Stokes, Associate Provost, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Saint Joseph’s University

Zabeth Teelucksingh, Executive Director, Global Philadelphia Association