SLS approaches sustainability as an integrated system, linking environment, economy, and society. As an initiative focused on “creating sustainable communities,” we especially emphasize the role that SOCIETY plays in sustainability – and particularly issues of social equity and community voice. You can learn about SLS’ approach to sustainable communities here. The purpose of this tool is to help students begin to understand the SOCIETY part of sustainability. It includes two exercises and resources for learning more. The tool is divided into three parts: 1) An introductory PowerPoint presentation that explains the relationship between societal issues, sustainability, and equity; 2) An assignment and discussion activity, to help students explore this relationship in a bit more depth; and 3) A short wrap-up discussion applying these exercises to your class.