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, President


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]


Check out one of our most recent projects with a special clip about

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being with WHYY PBS You Outta Know.



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 #6 Mural Art at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University

sponsored by The Academy of Natural Sciences


SDG #7 Mural Art at FDR Park Boathouse

sponsored by UPenn Kleinman Energy Center for Energy Policy


SDG #10 Mural Art at Temple University,

sponsored by Temple University


SDG #11 Mural Art at Kipp Elementary

sponsored by TD Charitable Foundation


SDG #16 Mural Art at Project HOME Women of Change,

sponsored by The Harry and Catherine Halloran Foundation



 “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.