Fostering Equitable Communities: Planning and Acting for Environmental Justice
Thursday, September 14, 2017
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. CDT
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Equitable, healthy communities are created through the intentional examination of policies and practices that, even if they have the appearance of fairness, may serve to marginalize some or perpetuate disparities. Working toward equity requires planners to understand historical context and commit to long-term investment in social structures.
This deep dive session will examine how planners can foster equitable communities. We will discuss lessons we can learn from the past, hear about what jurisdictions are doing across our region, and engage in a facilitated discussion about environmental justice and green communities.
Speakers will give brief presentations, followed by break out sessions where attendees participate in a focused discussion facilitated by a presenter. Discussion topics include:
· How can planners foster environmental justice in their communities?
· What are the best methods for engaging resident groups and other historically underrepresented constituencies?
· How can we learn from citizen planners and citizen scientists to create a community-led planning process?
This session is sponsored by the APA-IL Diversity Committee.
Angela Brooks, AICP
Trevor Dick, firstname.lastname@example.org