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Equitable Development: Planning to Overcome Injustice

National Academy of Public Administration
1600 K Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington DC,

Friday, January 10, 2020 at 10:00am - 12:00pm

The next meeting of the Standing Panel on Social Equity in Governance will be on Friday, Janaury 10th featuring Carlton Eley of The Eley Group, LLC.

Equitable development isn’t a new concept.  It has been the reoccurring theme in planning practice for nearly fifty years.  Today, researchers and advocates; stewards of the built environment; and proponents for sustainability are coming to realize that finding creative ways to encourage equitable development does not shift attention from making communities better.  Instead, it results in better community outcomes, especially for underserved populations and vulnerable groups.  In January, the Standing Panel on Social Equity in Governance will explore the groundswell of activity that is compelling communities to ‘find their true North’ by ensuring everyone has a safe and healthy environment in which to live, work, and play.  In an era of rapid change, there is unparalleled demand and urgency from the public, planners, and local governments for tools, strategies, and best practices that will support 'planning to overcome injustice'.   

If you wish to join by videoconference, please contact Richard Pezzella, rpezzella@napawash.org


About the Speaker

Carlton Eley is President of The Eley Group, LLC, and he is in the business of giving sustainability a push.  Committed to ‘putting people first’ during the planning process, he has become an accomplished expert on the topic of equitable development.  

Carlton is a former civil servant whose career with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spanned twenty years.  At EPA, he created and managed a portfolio on equitable development for thirteen years, and he was the first urban planner hired by EPA's Office of Environmental Justice.  

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 was appointed by the President of the American Planning Association (APA) to serve as Chair of the Social Equity Task Force.  Also, he re-energized APA's focus on social equity by publishing a Planning Advisory Service Memo in March 2017 that was release to APA's 45,000 members.        

He has managed national workshops; coordinated national recognition programs; conducted community technical assistance; and published multiple articles on the subject.  Carlton nominated State Representative Harold Mitchell, Jr. and the ReGenesis Project for the 2015 National Planning Excellence Award for Advancing Diversity and Social Change (in Honor of Paul Davidoff). 

In 2003, Carlton participated in the Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowship in Public Policy. Following the fellowship, he 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; Princeville, NC; Gary, IN; Birmingham, AL; and the Vecht River Valley in the Netherlands. His technical assistance work, professional writing, and public engagement efforts have earned citations from the American Planning Association; the National Organization of Minority Architects; and former U.S. Representative Julia Carson. 

Since 2005, Carlton has offered numerous lectures on equitable development, including presentations in New Zealand; British Columbia; and the United Arab Emirates. Carlton has a B.A. in Sociology/Social Work Curriculum from Elizabeth City State University and a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa.