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Social Sustainability

Campus Sustainability Office


"In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it." ~Marianne Williamson~


Social sustainability pertains to the way the University interacts with the community in which it is situated and to the success with which it enables the well-being of its students, faculty and staff. The University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation, and a new Community Learning initiative are the main catalysts for promoting social sustainability in the external community. While the University is currently engaged in several projects and initiatives that have a social sustainability focus, social sustainability aspects, goals, policies, and indicators are still under development.

The Campus Sustainability Council and the Social Sustainability Working Group have played active roles in the development of the social sustainability element of the University’s Sustainability Management System. 

Since 2005:

  • Three white papers have been prepared as background documents summarizing models of social sustainability, indicators, aspects, and consultation processes representing best practices in other regions.
  • An outline and work plan for establishing a vision statement on social sustainability, and key goals for a social sustainability policy, has been developed.