SDG Cities

SDG Cities is a collaborative, community-driven project supporting localization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Guelph and London. Want to get involved in SDG Cities? Use this form to tell us how you’d like to be involved.

SDG Cities Academy 

Training for SDG Implementation in the Nonprofit Sector

The SDG Cities Academy, is a 10 week training program designed to help you deepen your learning about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and embed them in the work of your organization. Academy participants will join the growing network of organizations, individuals, businesses and others focused on strengthening communities by working together towards the SDGs. 

The SDG Cities Academy is designed to leverage existing resources and expertise as well as a supportive and collaborative peer-to-peer learning model to help build local knowledge and capacity about the SDGs. The training will draw on real life examples, experiences and best practices from here at home and around the world.

Applications now open! Click here to apply.

Application deadline: January 5th, 2022

If you have any questions about the Academy or would like to learn more,  please contact Emily Hansen [email protected]

Time Commitment

  • 10 weeks, January 26th – March 30th, 2022
  • Sessions will be held Wednesday’s starting at 1pm
  • One session per week for 1- 2 hours/session
  • 16 hours of total session time 
  • Up to 8 hours of homework to be completed outside of group sessions as time and interest allows.


The Academy combines online learning sessions, expert speakers and collaborative work to increase your understanding of the SDGs and your capacity to embed the principles, targets and indicators of the SDGs in the work of your organization. The training will draw on real life examples, experiences and best practices from here at home and around the world. As an Academy participant you will:

  • Connect with a growing network dedicated to realizing the  SDGs in your community; 
  • Increase your understanding of the shared language SDGs and how it can be advanced locally; 
  • Understand and build capacity for Impact Measurement and Management (IMM) using the SDGs as a framework; 
  • Learn to integrate SDGs into organizational development, communications, funding and investment strategies with a focus on positive impact.
  • Access to ongoing SDG training, coaching and networking opportunities in your community.


As an Academy participant, you will also have access to tools and resources to support your learning and help expand your knowledge and capacity to engage in SDG work, including;  

  • Customized tools and exercises to support your SDG journey;
  • A curated list of resources and reading materials to support ongoing learning; 
  • Optional tutorials and coaching sessions on an as needed basis. Each participant organization will be offered up to 3 hours of additional one-on-one or small group coaching through the SDG Cities Academy; 
  • Exclusive online content, networking and support through the SDG Cities Academy Mighty Networks platform; 
  • Optional informal networking opportunities with your local cohort;
  • This training is offered to organizations free of charge through funding provided by the Government of Canada’s Sustainable Development Goals program. Estimated value of the training and resources offered is $950 for the 10 week session.   

Who Can Participate? 

  • The first SDG Cities Academy is open to nonprofits and community organizations in Guelph and Wellington and the London area.
  • Participating organizations should be able to commit to sending one or more participants for the duration of the 10 week training. 
  • Ideal participants have an interest in learning more about the SDGs and could be directly involved in applying the SDG framework to the work of your organization. 

How Will You Learn?

The Academy will present information in flexible and dynamic ways to support learning and meaningful connection between participants. 

  • Learning Sessions (virtual) are delivered jointly for participants in both Guelph and London with guest speakers and a focus on introducing new concepts and examples. 
  • Working Sessions (virtual or in person) will support you as you learn and apply your learning to your work. The format will remain flexible to accommodate the needs of participants.
  • Optional Tutorials and Coaching Sessions will also be available on an as needed basis  to support applied learning during the Academy.
  • Connecting through Mighty Networks Online Community will allow participants to connect outside of the classroom and deepen learning in key areas.

What Will You Learn?

Module 1: Introduction
During this session you will understand and explore the SDG framework, set personalized learning goals for the training and have an opportunity to connect with fellow participants.

Module 2: Exploring the shared language of the SDGs 
During this session we will dive deep into the shared language of the SDGs exploring the principles, goals, targets and indicators that make up the framework. We will also discuss the core equity principle of “leave no one behind” and share examples of organizations that have embedded this principle in their SDG work.    

Module 3: Preparing for your SDG journey 
During this session the SDG Cities team will support you to identify organizational strengths, and resources available and needed within your organization to support your SDG work. You will also work to set personalized goals and discuss other examples of organizations working to adopt and activate the SDGs across Canada. 

Module 4: Putting the SDGs to Work: Prioritization and Linkages
During this session you will learn from SDG experts about how to choose the SDGs that best align with your work and begin understanding how your organization can advance work towards these goals. 

Module 5: Crafting your SDG Agenda 
During this session we will put to work what you learned in the previous session and begin mapping and prioritizing your work based on the goals, targets and indicators in the SDG  framework. We will introduce existing tools and resources for prioritization and discuss how alignment with the SDGs can support, amplify and advance your organizations existing work and open up new possibilities. 

Module 6: SDGs for Impact Measurement & Management 
During this session you will learn from experts in the Impact Measurement and Management (IMM) space about how to use the SDGs as a framework for measuring impact. You will also learn how to adapt and apply relevant targets and indicators within the framework to support, develop and evaluate your work. 

Module 7: Measuring and Monitoring your SDG Impact  
During this session the SDG Cities team will support you in creating custom SDG indicators for your organization and how you can improve and develop data collection strategies. You will also learn about how your data collection and measurement strategies can help evaluate your progress towards the SDGs and set new priorities.   

Module 8: SDG Storytelling, Communications and Reporting
During this session you will learn about how to integrate SDG storytelling into your communications strategies with different audiences and explore ways to report, share and track SDG data to demonstrate your organizational impact.

Module 9: Assessing Progress and Optimizing your SDG Approach
During this session you will reflect on your work so far and explore how to integrate SDGs into your strategic planning and organizational growth planning, set short term and long term goals for SDG adoption in your organization. 

Module 10: Advancing Collective Work on the SDGs 
During this session you will learn from experts about how the SDGs have supported and facilitated collaboration, and explore strategies for coalition building and collaborative program development and funding applications.

In collaboration with Pillar Nonprofit Network in London, 10C Shared Space is thrilled to announce the launch of a new project, SDG Cities: A holistic approach to activating SDGs in mid-sized communities for long-term impacts.  

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) put forward by the United Nations in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development have been at the heart of much of the work of both 10C and Pillar Nonprofit, and their respective members, since their beginnings.

SDG Cities will enable these two mid-size cities, London and Guelph, to increase the number of people and organizations actively using and contributing to the SDGs. Through knowledge-sharing, story-telling and community connection, this project will help to increase awareness of SDGs within these communities and share ideas about how these can be incorporated into existing and future structures and networks, working toward longterm systems change.

March 30, 2021 – See the SDG Cities project Press Release here.

SDG Cities is funded by the Government of Canada’s Sustainable Development Goals Program.




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