Social Sustainability 2

Online Discussion Day

Why is it important to consider social sustainability in the urban context? How is it different from and similar to social equity?

 

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21 thoughts on “Social Sustainability 2

  1. With what has been happening with the world today, it is hard not to consider social sustainability in an urban context when in dire times. Because there will always be conflict a person’s religious beliefs, social status (i.e. amount of money they make), superiority complexes, and a person’s color of their skin. Social equity is similar to social sustainability by providing civil rights to everyone regardless of race, social class, or gender. To a certain extent, the law does not protect the rights outside the law such as work places, social environments, etc. Social sustainability provides it in those types of environments while creating green spaces.

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  2. It is important to consider social sustainability in an urban context because within the next few years most of our worlds population will be living in a city (urban environment). With that many people condensed in one area there will be tensions but if social equity was broadcasted and referenced to incoming residents then i believe it could make a solid difference in the social realm. Sustainability and equity go hand-in-hand with social aspects because without equity there is not sustainability and without sustainability there will be imbalances without equity.

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  3. As mentioned, more people we be living in urban environments in the near future. Thus it is important to consider how we are using our resources and potential to create a sustainable future for ourselves and for future generations. Social sustainability and social equity differ because social equity can be described as providing equal opportunities to everyone, despite their differences. Social sustainability can expressed as providing those resources and green spaces. The two conjoin in hope of an improved environment for us all.

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  4. With an increasingly urban population throughout the United States and the world, I think that social sustainability is extremely important. It’s very crucial that large urban populations are aware of their effects on the environment and ways that they can collectively reduce their carbon footprint. I believe that social equity and social sustainability go hand in hand. In order to have one, you must have the other. If communities are not having the same opportunities as others, they will not be able to be up to date on sustainability. They may not have some of the resources that they need or they may be experiencing conflicts regarding social inequity that will interfere with sustainability goals.

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  5. Social equity and social sustainability are closely related concepts; however, social equity should more so be considered a crucial player within that of social sustainability. Social equity generally relates to the equal availability and accessibility of resources within a community, whereas social sustainability includes concepts such as social equity, community sustainability, community participation, social networks, etc. that contribute to the overall balance, equity, and stability of a given area. It is especially important to consider social sustainability within the urban context as world population becomes increasingly urban. Also considering the increasing relevance of the effects of uneven wealth distribution, food insecurity, globalization, and other global processes, the development of more sustainable urban communities is more important now than ever before.

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  6. It is crucial to consider social sustainability in an urban text mainly because cities tend to have high rates of racial segregation and insuffiecent implementation of resources in oppressed communities. Social sustainability is similar to social equity, since they both are meant to benefit all people while uplifting residents in oppressed and low-income communities. Social equity focuses on the idea of desegregation (of both class and race) through education and empowerment. They are different in the sense that social sustainability focuses mainly on improving, as well as preserving the physical environment and nature of a particular community.

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  7. It is important to consider social sustainability in the urban context because as the world becomes more urbanized the more problems there will be. The population will continue to grow and it necessary to take note of the demand of the people without affecting the environment. Some cities lack green space due to the need of housing their population and as a result there is poor health. There could be other factories influencing the health such as stress, bad air pollution, living in a food desert.You cannot have a sustainable city if their is no social sustainability. It is similar to social equity because at the same time you are focusing on the people but it is different in terms of where the money is going such as prisons, social welfare, etc. As a result of meeting social equity there might not be enough funds to go into social sustainability.

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  8. Social sustainability is important in terms of urban context because it incapsulates different aspects of equity, economics, and environmental development. It is crucial that we as a people realize how much our carbon footprint has an impact on the environment and how we can improve our means in the terms of sustainability. It is similar to social equity because we have to keep in mind that sustainable practices requires at least some wealth and not everyone has it. Some neighborhoods might not have the same resources as another in a higher income community which could interfere with the goal of living sustainably.

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  9. It is important to consider urban sustainability in urban context because in the future, more people would live in more of an urbanized environment. Social equity is more based on having equal rights. The similarity is that with urban sustainability, there has to be social equity otherwise it wouldn’t work. It requires both social equity and urban sustainability to have balance thus creating a better environment.

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  10. Social context is important because areas and cultures are subdivided. some areas could use more resources or more help than others. As well as, communities can’t just switch over as easily. Sustainability is hard to implement in areas that are developed and are dependent on the current system. Social equity is similar due to wanting to provide for the whole but differs in that being broad and seems to fail at looking at the context of a community in its whole.

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  11. Social equity is different from social sustainability because Social equality involves on the fairness and equality of resources in an appropriate measure though social equity is a sector of social sustainability. Social equity in an urban context involves access to resources in a fair and no discriminatory manner that could exclude certain people from obtaining equal economic, social and political involvement in the society. Social sustainability is important in an urban context because it brings in a lot of varieties for the people in the community, they are not limited by social interaction but have access to all that social sustainability comprises of.

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  12. Social sustainability in the urban context is important because with a high population dense area, there are a lot of people that have needs in order for them to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is more difficult because there needs to be a lot more jobs and available commodities for all of the people. Lack of social sustainability in an urban context leads to a social barrier for a lot of people to being happy and healthy. This may put them in a position where they are forced to a lower quality of life and aren’t able to access the luxuries that some receive. This concept is relevant to social equity because the types of people that are excluded involve specific demographics, so groups are possibly targeted by higher up authoritative figures. Even if not directly targeted, the lack of community involvement leads to a segregation among our classes. Social equity differs because it isn’t just about a sustainable communities when it comes to this concept. I feel like it involves politics that are hard to incorporate in a social sustainable context. It could involve other aspects of sustainability such as environmental and economic.

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  13. We should consider social sustainability in the context of urban because these areas are heavily populated near cities. And this in terms creates the idea that if don’t consider social sustainability urbanized cities or local areas cannot thrive and would more or less become unsustainable. Now when it comes to comparing between with Social Equity is that this idea presents more of like having equal rights, for a lack of better terms. with having growth we shouldn’t be so ignorant on facing the facts that can change our life style.

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  14. As we have learned in many of our discussions this semester, the majority of the world’s population will be living in an urban area across the globe within a few decades. Having access to good and services is always an issue in urban areas. Many neighborhoods are left with no infrastructure because the areas are filled with homelessness, crime, and have no businesses to compete with or bring in more business. It is important to have an equal social sustainability spectrum within urban areas so all communities or neighborhoods have the same opportunities no matter the income. An example would be how Englewood now has its first Starbucks and Whole Foods. Yes this in bringing in business and people with income throughout the neighborhood, but the people living in Englewood do not have the jobs to afford products from those two businesses AND live in a healthy environment.

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  15. It is important to consider social sustainability in the urban context because as the world becomes more population there will be more pollution problems. This will lead to an increase in CO2 emission due to large number of people who will effect the environment. Social equity is based more on the idea of everybody should have equal rights. While social substantially brings people together. Both seek to try to bring in people to help the environment.

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  16. Social Responsibility:

    • Accessibility (e.g. access to employment, open spaces, local services, resources)
    • Social capital and networks
    • Health and well-being
    • Social cohesion and inclusion (between and among different groups)
    • Safety and security (real and perceived)
    • Fair distribution of income, employment
    • Local democracy, participation and empowerment (community consultation)
    • Cultural heritage (e.g. local heritage and listed buildings)
    • Education and training
    • Equal opportunities and equity
    • Housing and Community Stability
    • Connectivity and movement (e.g. pedestrian friendly, good transport links)
    • Social Justice (inter and intra-generational)
    • Sense of place and belonging
    • Mixed use and tenure
    • Attractive public realm
    • Local environmental quality and amenity

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  17. Data suggests that we are 80% urbanized and more and more of the world’s population is expected to transition into urban settings. As majority of the world population starts to move into urban settings and begins to urbanize, urban metropolis become beacons of social sustainability as any small measure taken will yield larger results. Social sustainability can be viewed differently then social equity, while social sustainability can be viewed as a dynamic phenomenon that evolves with contextual needs and changes, social equity calls for the basic human rights to be met. While social sustainability calls for improving, social equity considers equal treatment of all humans regardless of race, sexuality, age, and gender.

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  18. As more of the population flocks to urban settings, especially better-off populations from the suburbs, the opportunity of experiencing sustainable systems becomes an economic issue. Different communities in the urban setting have diverse needs based on a number of qualities, particularly economic qualities. If classism is not a considered issue when developing sustainable cities, the divide between the classes increase as one group has a high standard of life that the other group can never attain. Social equity is the idea that a community has the sufficient resources so residents in a community can have a better quality of life. Social equity and social sustainability are closely related because in order for a community to continuously sustain itself, especially in impoverished areas, the adequate funding and resources must be given to the community as a first step. Many communities by themselves do not have the means to begin a sustainable lifestyle since sustainability is currently a privilege of the upper class.

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  19. Lamkingeman Comment:
    It is important to consider social sustainability because communities are not created equal. Institutions have created barriers among them for example in the ghettos and barrio. Governments have been slow to act on issues in these areas. It is similar to social equity because they both are state of affairs in which all people from different race and genders are treated equal, but they are also different because social sustainability focuses on improving and equity focuses on class and race.

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  20. Its important to think about social sustainability in the urban context most societies will probably become more urban as it continues to grow and populate. With that that said, environmental issues may increase, certain resources and improvements in social system will be in high demand. If we an start taking steps in social sustainability, some of problems can be mitigated. Sustainability and Equity is not the same. Social equity in sustainability is whether or not everyone has the same rights and opportunities and sustainability is the ability to maintain the environment. Its important to also thin about those who can’t develop like most urban societies and find ways to bridge the gap.

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  21. It is important to consider social sustainability in the urban context because the majority of the world’s population now live in urban areas and that number continues to rise. Efficiency in how people live and interact are important in making a growing urban setting thrive. Social equity differs because its main focus is equal opportunity in a community regarding race or class.

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