Advancing Environmental Justice Through Planning

What You'll Learn

  • Learn to apply new approaches for planning in underserved communities.
  • Explore techniques, methods, and best practices for encouraging truly sustainable outcomes.
  • Examine how environmental justice techniques can build trust as well as make a visible difference in communities.

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Environmental justice is a planning issue. Hear from past recipients of the National Planning Excellence Award as they present the creative ways that environmental justice is being leveraged to make a visible difference in communities. Community planners and environmental justice leaders introduce land revitalization projects in National City, California, and Spartanburg, South Carolina. Learn how practitioners can balance stewardship of the built environment with being socially responsible towards the needs of communities that are underserved. Most academic institutions don't teach students how to work with communities that are burdened by environmental injustices, so use this presentation to compensate for deficits in your planning education. Learn strategies and best practices for aligning environmental justice and community planning as complementary quality-of-life goals.

While it has been framed in the context of public health, civil rights, or managing pollution, environmental justice is fundamentally a place-based issue. Along with social equity, encouraging environmental justice is the "unfinished business" of the planning profession.