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HEI Grand ChallengeStewarding the Transition
LeadAndrea Deverell

Mission Statement

By 2030, UL’s Mission Lab will have fostered active citizenship through robust civic engagement and participatory innovation processes.
Active citizens ensure a community’s unique perspectives are included in our understanding of today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities. This mission sees UL pioneer new ways of engaging citizens through transparent, open and participatory innovation processes. In doing so, UL will ensure that the diverse needs and opinions to be found within our community play a key role in all decision making.

Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 global goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015 to promote sustainable development and address social, economic, and environmental challenges. Each mission and associated project within the Mission Lab portfolio is directly linked to one or more SDGs, ensuring all efforts are in service of true impact.

Sustainable Development Goals in Focus

01No Poverty
02Zero Hunger
03Good Health and Well-being
04Quality Education
05Gender Equality
06Clean Water and Sanitation
07Affordable and Clean Energy
08decent work and economic growth
09Industry, Innovation and infrastructure
10reduced inequalities
11Sustainable Cities and Communities
12Responsible Consumption and Production
13Climate Action
14Life Below Water
15Life on Land
16Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
17Partnerships for the Goals


+ citizen engagement
+student participation
+place-based interventions
+open innovation
-siloed initiatives
-opaque decision making
-collaboration avoidance


Official metrics are yet to be defined by the mission team and additional key stakeholders. This will occur upon commencement of the mission projects and will be influenced by data derived from baseline studies of the systems relevant to each mission.

Mission Model

The mission model is a structured framework that guides the development and execution of each mission. This model allows for a flexible and dynamic approach to mission-based work, where diverse stakeholders can come together to create positive change.
HEI Grand Challenge
Stewarding the Transition
Citizens Mission Council
Cross Sector Innovation
UL Engage
City & County Council
Regional Interest Groups
Retired Faculty & Alumni
Local Community Groups
Volunteers & NGOs
Project Portfolio
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