SESSION 4: Equitable Development: Social Equity by Design

APA New Jersey Chapter


Sunday, March 12, 2017, 5 p.m.
Sunday, February 12, 2017, 6 p.m. EST

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Social responsibility versus economic imperative is a false choice. As jurisdictions across the United States take steps to advance sustainable community initiatives, they have an opportunity to demonstrate that the objectives of economic development, environmental protection, and meeting the needs of underserved populations are not mutually exclusive.

This discussion will elevate the impressive narrative of champions who are building great communities through the framework of equitable development. In the U.S., equitable development is an approach to meet the needs of underserved communities through policies, programs, and practices that reduce disparities while fostering places that are healthy and vibrant. Equitable development does not shift attention from making communities better. Instead, it results in better community outcomes.


This session is for attendees who wish to learn more about equitable development as a place-based approach. The session will explain how the pathway to a sustainable future is dependent on place-based strategies that move beyond ‘changing brown to green’ and increasingly require proficiency with addressing quality of life goals while supporting community parity. The audience will learn how stewards of the built environment are encouraging fairness in planning and development practice to ensure everyone has a safe and healthy environment in which to live, work, and play. 


Carlton Eley

Carlton Eley is an environmentalist, urban planner, and lecturer. He has 16 years’ experience advancing projects targeting environmental justice and sustainable urban policy, and he is U.S. EPA’s leading expert on the topic of equitable development. Carlton is credited for elevating equitable development to the level of formal ... Read More

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