September 2014


Environmental Justice & Planning: Making a Visible Difference in Communities

Environmental justice is a planning issue. While it has been framed in the context of public health, civil rights, or managing pollution, environmental justice is fundamentally a place-based issue. The presenter will elevate the creative ways environmental justice is being integrated into the planning process for the purpose of making communities better. This discussion will explore equitable development as an approach for encouraging fairness in planning and development practice to ensure everyone has a safe and healthy environment in which to live, work, and play. Attendees will learn about strategies and best practices for sustainability that move beyond triple bottom-line results as well as how to build great communities through collaborative environmental problem solving.

Date & Time

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


4th Floor Board Room
County Administration Building (CAB)
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772


1.5 (Pending)

Speaker / Instructor Biography

Carlton Eley, Environmental Protection Specialist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Carlton Eley is an environmentalist, urban planner, and lecturer. Possessing an appreciation for environmental justice and sustainable urban policy, he has become an accomplished expert on the topic of equitable development in the public sector. Carlton is credited for elevating equitable development to the level of formal recognition within U.S. EPA as an approach for encouraging sustainable communities. He has coordinated national competitions that recognize communities for encouraging equitable development, and he has published multiple articles on the subject. In 2003, Carlton participated in the Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowship in Public Policy.

He is the first American to conduct research on the topic of smart growth in New Zealand. Following the fellowship, Carlton wrote a chapter on Wellington, New Zealand, for the book, Local Sustainable Urban Development in a Globalized World. Carlton has served on community advisory service teams for Pamlico County, NC; Gary, IN; Birmingham, AL; and the Vecht River Valley in the Netherlands. Carlton’s work has been commended by the Ford Foundation, the National Charrette Institute, and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His technical assistance work and public engagement efforts have earned citations from the American Planning Association and the National Organization of Minority Architects. Carlton is the editor of ‘Urban Leader 2.0,’ an e-newsletter which is published monthly.