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The social sustainability dimension largely concerns well-being, justice, power, rights and the needs of the individual. Some of these can be quantified and others are more qualitative. Both parts interact to jointly span the social dimension of sustainability. However, what this means in practice varies, depending on the prevailing context. Two examples of well-used and concrete proposals on what social sustainability means are the categories included in the UN Millennium Development Goals or Human Development Index.
Forging the socially responsible engineer
Two cohorts of Mechanical Engineering students — about 180 students in all — are the first to follow a course in Social Sustainability at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.