Fostering Equitable Communities: Planning and Acting for Environmental Justice

APA Illinois Chapter


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.




Alan Walts

Alan Walts is Director of the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance in U.S. EPA Region 5, which serves Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and 35 tribes. This Office coordinates enforcement, and manages the Region’s Environmental Justice and National Environmental Policy Act programs. From 1996-2007, Alan was ... Read More

Dawn Thompson-Ellis

Over eleven years of water resource planning, protection, management and compliance experience: the Clean Water Act, Illinois Pollution Control Board rules, the Illinois Water Quality Management Plan (IWQMP), Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program, watershed and wastewater management plans and the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program, and the ... Read More

Angela Brooks, AICP

Angela Brooks, AICP, a native of Seattle, WA is a real estate development manager for the Chicago Housing Authority. Before her time at the Chicago Housing Authority, She has been an active member of APA since 1996 and has served on the national board, past chair of the APA Diversity ... Read More

Marcella Bondie

Marcella Bondie Keenan, LEED AP, is the Chair of the APA-IL Diversity Committee, and Director of RainReady Home at the Center for Neighborhood Technology. RainReady Home, an initiative that empowers communities to become more resilient to the impacts urban flooding, seeks to address environmental justice and substandard housing issues in ... Read More

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