Imagine Our Community 2100

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This discussion-based activity encourages participants to imagine their community 80 years into the future using the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Participants will learn about current sustainability initiatives within their community from a local subject matter expert and then work in small groups to collaboratively draw their future community.



Big Idea
  • Sustainability means healthy people, communities, and environments, now and in the future.
  • Sustainability science studies the interaction between people and the planet and finds innovative and responsible solutions to global challenges.
  • We can work together to create a sustainable future. Everyone has a part to play.
Learning Goals

As a result of participating in this program, learners will increase their:

  • Understanding of big ideas related to sustainable futures.
  • Awareness of the ways that sustainability is relevant to their lives and issues they care about.
  • Sense of self-efficacy related to sustainability, including their ability to take sustainable actions and participate in conversations about sustainable futures.
  • Sense of connection to their own community by learning about the perspectives of other residents and community members.


Year created

The Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability in Science and Technology Museums program is supported through funding from The Rob and Melani Walton Foundation.

Owning institution

Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC


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