Social Sustainability

What is Social Sustainability? 

We may tend to think of sustainability in terms of the environment only, but sustainability is about how we meet our daily needs of food, water, healthcare, education, and work within the planet’s ability to provide and without critically damaging the earth’s life support systems. Not everyone has equal access to those daily needs and unsustainable environmental issues such as the climate crisis, droughts, flooding and pandemics have a disproportionate effect on those same people who are least able to access resources due to age, poverty, and minority status. 

Here is what Stan State is doing to create social sustainability: 

Warrior Cross Cultural Center

The Warrior Cross Cultural Center aims to provide a sense of belonging for members of our campus community and advocate for an inclusive and respectful space for students from all backgrounds. This includes but is not limited to; race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, creed, religion, age, social class, socioeconomic status, physical and cognitive differences, political views, immigration status and veteran status. Through a wide range of programs, we collaborate with different campus partners to provide welcoming spaces, affirmation and validation for individuals and student groups.

Basic Needs Initiative

The Basic Needs Initiative is a collaborative effort of campus and community-based programs located at Stanislaus State with the goal to improve student success through the provision of supplemental food, nutritious meals, CalFresh, USDA, food benefit assistance, one-time emergency funding and referral services for students experiencing food insecurity, hunger, displacement, homelessness and poverty.


Stan State Library Research Guide for Social Sustainability

This is an academic guide that provides resources for social justice research and its related topics.