Equity and Social Justice
To create a more sustainable future it is essential that ecological systems, economic systems and social systems are built on a foundation of equity.
The definition we use for these integrated systems are from the Environmental and Sustainability Education Standards developed by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction…
“Ecological systems encompass the living (biotic) and the non-living (abiotic) components of an environment. Social systems refer to human interactions, culture, and politics, with an emphasis on equity, justice and fairness. Economic systems refer to the production, distribution, and consumption of resources including attention to economic equity and the fair distribution of opportunities and impacts.”
Policy and Planning Frameworks that Guide Our Work
On Earth Day in 2015, Mayor Ed Murray launched Seattle's Equity & Environment Initiative (EEI), a partnership of the City, the community, several City departments, and private foundations to deepen Seattle's commitment to race and social justice in environmental work by creating an Environmental Action Agenda centered on equity.
The 2030 Agenda comprises 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which will guide policy and funding for all UN members nations through the year 2030,beginning with a historic pledge to end poverty. The concept was born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, in 2012. The objective was to produce a set of universally applicable goals that balances the three dimensions of sustainable development: environmental, social, and economic.