If its not social, its not green.

This is my new internal setting on the sustainability conversation.  “If its not social, its not green.”  Social sustainability must become a balancing value to the math required for sustainable buildings and neighbourhoods.  Our green ambitions become moot when the humans who inhabit those spaces are not able to be healthy in relationships and communities as they live, work, and play.  Yes the ecological footprint of rooms large enough to accommodate community assemblies of 150 to 350 people are bigger, cost more, and ruin the green math.  But without these kinds of spaces in our urban and campus communities, humans will not live well.  Raising the social sustainability value will bring some sense to the whole sustainability conversation.  If its not social… its not green!