University News reports, "Rob Fairlie, chair of the Economics Department at UC Santa Cruz, has been commended by the state legislature for service to California through his work to reduce poverty and inequality, improve education and human capital, and increase job opportunities and entrepreneurship."
Rob Fairlie has been contributing to the socio-economic movement through his involvement with projects on entrepreneurship and small business training, and providing
access to technology for students in middle school through community
He has also been involved with research studies that look at whether providing improved access to computers could
help low-income students on financial aid perform better and whether underrepresented minority students perform better
when taught by underrepresented minority instructors.
You might be wondering how social justice is related to
sustainability, but the fact of the matter is that both thrives off of
each other. If we want to see a world that is environmentally
sustainable, we need a society that is economically and socially
sustainable. This means that to fight any type of environmental
injustice, social change is also necessary so that we can all move
forward together and fight the social injustices that prevent
our solidarity. This idea is represented in an article relating the #BlackLivesMatter and climate change campagins:
"Thinly veiled notions of racial superiority have informed every aspect
of the non-response to climate change so far. Racism is what has made it
possible to systematically look away from the climate threat for more
than two decades. It is also what has allowed the worst health impacts
of digging up, processing and burning fossil fuels—from cancer clusters
to asthma—to be systematically dumped on indigenous communities and on
the neighborhoods where people of colour live, work and play."