Social Sustainability

The idea that communities strive to promote social interaction and foster community investment while respecting social diversity.

Examples of ways you can d.o.t.

Easy: Reconnect with a friend or family member by calling them once a week.

Moderate: Participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Challenge.

Advanced: Volunteer one hour per week with a branch of COAR at UMW.

Social Sustainability Resources


Social Sustainability Wiki

Social Sustainability in Agriculture

Social Sustainability in the Community

USA Today College Community Service

Serve America

Volunteering in America

Hands on Network

Let’s Move

My Good Deed

City Year

Points of Light

All For Good

Rappahannock United Way


La Ceiba


The Sustainability Revolution: A Portrait of a Paradigm Shift – Andres R. Edwards

Embedded Sustainability: The Next Big Competitive Advantage – Chris Laszlo and Nadya Zhexembayeva

The Necessary Revolution: Working Together to Create a Sustainable World – Peter M. Senge, Bryan Smith, Nina Kruschwitz, Joe Laur, and Sara Schley

Sustainable Value: How the World’s Leading Companies are Doing Well by Doing Good – Chris Laszlo

How to be an Everyday Philanthropist: 330 Ways to Make a Difference in Your Home, Community, and World At No Cost – Nicole B. Boles

The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research – Corporation for National and Community Service