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For the United Nations Sustainable Cities Initiative, Goal #12 is responsible consumption and production.

For Baltimore, the indicators identified by the University of Baltimore to date for this goal are as follows:

The Recycling Rate

A calculation that is made by dividing the tons of recycled materials (as defined by the Maryland Recycling Act) by tons of waste collected (as defined by the Maryland Recycling Act). The greater the recycling rate, the less the consumption of scarce resources.


Annual Waste Generation by Category

A measurement of waste generated in Baltimore City in tons by category within one year. Reducing waste generation and increasing recycle and reuse are the most common methods to reduce landfill waste.



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Goal 12 Global Targets

12.1 Implement the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, all countries taking action, with developed countries taking the lead, taking into account the development and capabilities of developing countries.

12.2 By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.

12.3 By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses.

12.4 By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment.

12.5 By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.

12.6 Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle.

12.7 Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities.

12.8 By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature.

12.10 Develop and implement tools to monitor sustainable development impacts for sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products.

Learn more about this goal via the United Nations.

Last Published 2/24/17