Social Sustainability and Equity in Minnesota Communities
Thursday, September 28, 2017
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. CDT
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Equity, the third E in the three-legged stool of sustainability, is often the least recognized in community sustainability planning. Drawing on examples from Minnesota communities, this presentation will highlight approaches to framing equity and social sustainability, practical project examples, and recommendations for community sustainability planning efforts.
1) Learn about common definitions of equity and social sustainability that can be applied to community sustainability planning. Sustainability is often framed as representing three E’s – environment, economy, and equity. Equity, also termed social sustainability, is often the least addressed aspect of sustainability. The session will highlight community-relevant definitions of social sustainability that can help planners think about how to integrate social sustainability considerations into their work.
2) Understand the varied approaches and drivers of equity and social sustainability planning from a variety of community contexts. The session will share the results of a study of community social sustainability projects and approaches in Minnesota communities. The presenters will share highlights of how cities are beginning to approach social sustainability. They will also offer innovative strategies for integrating sustainability considerations into socially-oriented projects related to community engagement, affordable housing, community development, and more.
3) Reflect on and consider application of practical recommendations that communities can use to advance equity and social sustainability in a manner that fits their own context and issues. The session will offer practical recommendations that communities can consider as they develop their own approach to social sustainability, tailored to their own context and issues.
Carissa Slotterback, AICP
Jane Kansier, firstname.lastname@example.org