Social Equity

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Social equity in the built environment requires careful attention to justice and fairness. In the building world, social equity involves three main concerns:

  • Who is on the project team? Is it a diverse, inclusive group?

  • Who is consulted in the design process? Have people in the neighborhood been asked—and listened to—about their needs and concerns?

  • Who makes the products and materials used in construction, and who is actually installing them? Are these people fairly treated, equitably paid, and provided with appropriate workplace protections?

Learn here about how to consider social equity throughout your process, from site selection to product selection.

Social Equity

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  • Higher Expectations

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    Raphael Sperry, president of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, writes that EBN's February feature article on Wal-Mart should have included a review of the company's social-justice record.

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