Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Social Welfare and Sustainability

  • Yolanda Mendoza-CavazosEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_300



Social welfare refers to physical and mental well-being, while sustainability references the balance that exists between the economic, environmental, and social aspects of a social and economic system. Together these attributes define a society that promotes sustainable outcomes in consideration and inclusive of individual and communal satisfaction.


Conversations about energy conservation, green building, environmental concerns, waste management, and water consumption, among others are very common in any sustainability discussion. Generally speaking, the social dimension of sustainability does not appear at first glance, even though social welfare and sustainability are closely related.

Society is developing very rapidly; this development has generated significant concerns due to the depredation of the natural environment as well as the increment of social problems due to the extraction of value...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Commerce and Administration Sustainability CommitteeAutonomous University of TamaulipasVictoriaMexico

Section editors and affiliations

  • Madhavi Venkatesan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA