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Environmental Sustainability is the strategy to manage and conserve natural resources* for the benefit of both current generations and future ones. This is achieved by meeting our current populations’ needs while neither exceeding the capacity of our ecosystems or by allowing our actions to damage or diminish biological diversity. Solving the challenges posed by the climate crisis is the center of environmental sustainability while building a future that is sustainable and equitable for all of its future inhabitants.
*Natural resources: biodiversity, soil, air, water, animals and plants, mineral deposits, ecosystems, etc.
Social Sustainability relates to the systems and structures that create and maintain a high quality of life through prioritizing equity, accessibility, safety, and diversity. Socially sustainable campuses are committed to increasing involvement, connectivity, and inclusivity. At the core of the practice is the integrated understanding that sustainability issues and social inequalities are deeply interconnected, as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) experience structural and systemic racial disparities and are disproportionately impacted by the climate crisis.
Social sustainability identifies and recognizes the obstacles faced by BIPOC and underrepresented communities and aims to remove them. Social sustainability is complex and includes but is not limited to topics of access to affordable housing, educational opportunities, social and environmental justice, equity, physical and mental health support, safety, sense of community, participation, and social capital.
Environmental Justice refers directly to access to environment-related resources like water, energy, clean air, as well as protection from harmful environmental disruptions like pollution or landscape degradation. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines it as: “The fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. This goal will be achieved when everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, and equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.”
Climate Justice according to the Climate Justice Alliance, “focuses on the root causes of the climate crisis through an intersectional lens of racism, classism, capitalism, economic injustice, and environmental harm. Climate justice supports a Just Transition for communities and workers away from a fossil fuel economy and focuses on making the necessary systemic changes to address unequal burdens to our communities and to realign our economy with our natural systems.
"As a form of environmental justice, climate justice means that all species have the right to access and obtain the resources needed to have an equal chance of survival and freedom from discrimination. As a movement, climate justice advocates are working from the grassroots up to create real solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation that ensure the right of all people to live, learn, work, play, and pray in safe, healthy, and clean environments.”