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Sustainability in Publishing



The speakers in this webinar will explore key questions that investigate the publishing and information sharing industry's primary concerns and challenges related to sustainability and, in particular, the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. They’ll share examples of publisher initiatives being undertaken to promote sustainability and address equity, access, and environmental concerns, as well as highlight some of the obstacles and opportunities that are being navigated to create lasting change. You’ll also learn about some of the collaborative programs and strategies being developed in the industry. Join us to explore how we can shape a sustainable future for publishing.

Confirmed speakers include Kaveh Bazargan, Director, River Valley Technologies; Dana Compton, Managing Director and Publisher of Publications & Standards, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); Dr. Haseeb Irfanullah, esteemed independent consultant on environment, climate change, and research systems; and Charlie Rapple, Chief Customer Officer & Co-Founder of Kudos. The program is being coordinated by Alice Meadows, MoreBrains Communications & Outreach Director and co-founder. She will also serve as the program moderator.

Event Sessions


Dana Compton

Managing Director, Publications & Standards and Publisher
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  1.  What does sustainability mean?
  2.  What could be one quick attainable win?
  3.  What would be a bigger transformational change the larger information community should get behind?

Shared Resources:

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

SDG Publishers Compact: This Compact is designed to inspire action among publishers. Launched in collaboration with the International Publishers Association, the Compact aims to accelerate progress to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Signatories aspire to develop sustainable practices and act as champions of the SDGs during the Decade of Action (2020-2030), publishing books and journals that will help inform, develop, and inspire action in that direction.

SDG Publishers Compact Fellows, Top Action Tips: Research and education are at the core of all progress. It must now be aimed at achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the 2030 deadline. The signatories of the SDG Publishers Compact must work to align the entire research and education community’s daily practices, content and measures of success to the SDGs. To this effect, the SDG Publishers Compact Fellows has identified key practical actions that different groups within the scholarly community can take to embed SDGs into practice.

Leadership and Accountability Matter for a Sustainable Publishing Ecosystem, By Hasseb Irfanullah

STM SDG Sustainability Roadmap: STM, the leading voice for academic publishers, has created a roadmap that contains suggested concrete steps for all publishers, both big and small. From those just at the start of their journey, to others who already advanced and looking to accelerate. 

STM Societal Impact Day 2024: On Tuesday, April 23 — the day before the STM US Conference — we will convene for a full day of sustainability immersion. Here, we will dissect effective methods to support research impact, and consider the role publishers can play in optimizing the interaction between science, policy, industry, and innovation

IPA’s SDG DashboardThis site gathers examples of initiatives from publishers and their associations around the world who are playing their part in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

IPA/UN's survey results on the adoption of the SDG Publishers Compact

Additional Information

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Broadcast Platform

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