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Social Equity
Examples of this pattern in action:

Ministry of Education, BC, Canada
Social Equity is all about meeting the demands of our changing society and searching for innovative solutions to the many issues that affect children and their education. Established in September 1994, the Social Equity Branch provides additional support services, policies, and programs to children in the education system who are disadvantaged in various ways.

In a sustainable community, human culture holds a high standard of equity and justice in the relationships among people and in their relationship with the natural world. People honor and uphold the well-being of the whole community.

Organizations whose work incorporate this pattern:

Transition Projects, Inc

Sustainable Community Roundtable



Brill, Hal, Jack A. Brill and Cliff Feigenbaum. Investing with Your Values: Making Money and Making a Difference. Bloomberg Press. Princeton, NJ. 1999.

Korten, David C. The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism. Kumarian Press and Barrett-Koehler Publishers. San Francisco, CA. 1999.

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Pattern Index

A Conservation Economy

Social Capital

Fundamental Needs

Subsistence Rights

Shelter For All


Access To Knowledge


Social Equity


Cultural Diversity

Cultural Preservation

Sense Of Place

Beauty And Play

Just Transitions

Civic Society

Natural Capital

Ecological Land-Use

Connected Wildlands

Core Reserves

Wildlife Corridors

Buffer Zones

Productive Rural Areas

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Forestry

Sustainable Fisheries


Compact Towns And Cities

Human-Scale Neighborhoods

Green Building

Transit Access

Ecological Infrastructure

Urban Growth Boundaries

Ecosystem Services

Watershed Services

Soil Services

Climate Services


Economic Capital

Household Economies

Green Business

Long-Term Profitability

Community Benefit

Green Procurement

Renewable Energy

Sustainable Materials Cycles

Resource Efficiency

Waste As Resource

Product As Service

Local Economies

Value-Added Production

Rural-Urban Linkages

Local Assets

Bioregional Economies

Fair Trade

True Cost Pricing

Product Labeling