Equitable Development

Equitable Development: Smarter Growth through Environmental Justice

Thursday, February 13, 2014, 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM – Centennial Ballroom

Accredited by:  CM 4.5 PDH 5.0

Equitable development and smart growth are complementary to one another.  Innovative equitable development approaches can be incorporated into smart growth planning to achieve sustainable outcomes which protect human health and the environment, strengthen the economy, encourage community parity, and protect cultural assets.  Such planning results in positive community outcomes, especially for underserved populations and vulnerable groups.  During this workshop, design professionals, planners, community developers, environmental justice experts and tribal leaders will share how they have worked to help communities and regions grow sustainably through new strategies, creative thinking and effective partnerships.

Please note:  Pre-registration and a $25 fee are required.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Equitable Development Track:  This workshop will complement the Equitable Development track of sessions to be held during the conference.

Thursday – Workshop Program

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Workshop Welcome

Have you ever wondered what is equitable development and how it is connected to environmental justice and smart growth?  This is a question many stakeholders are striving to answer.  Our facilitator, Vernice Miller-Travis, will help navigate workshop participants through a series of provocative discussions, including the social responsibility of practitioners, balancing the goals of cultural and economic development, and making equitable development work.  The workshop’s sessions will engage participants in a thoughtful and informative conversation about the future of our communities and how people, plans and promising development models are making quality of life better for all citizens.

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Workshop Facilitator

Vernice Miller-Travis, Senior Associate, Community Planning and Revitalization Group, Skeo Solutions

Speakers

Joel Beauvais, Associate Administrator, Office of Policy, U.S. EPA

Matthew Tejada, Director, Office of Environmental Justice, U.S. EPA

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Workshop Morning Keynote – A Vision for Sustainable and Healthy Communities through Executive Order 12898

Twenty years have lapsed since the signing of Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice.  The opening keynote will celebrate this landmark in environmental policy while linking it to the current and expanding conversation about smart growth and equitable development.  Learn how equity-focused strategies are nurturing regional growth and fostering communities that are healthy, vibrant, and diverse.

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Speaker

Robert García, Founding Director and Counsel, The City Project, Los Angeles, CA

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9:00 AM – 10:20 AM Workshop Session 1 – Audacious Planning, Bold Designing and Compelling Results

GaryDesign and community development professionals will discuss how they balance stewardship of the built environment with social responsibility.  Speakers will introduce smart growth and new urbanism projects that are recognized for meeting the needs of physical, social and human capital.  They will also explain how they realized equitable development outcomes by rising above longstanding views about feasibility.  Attendees will learn how practitioners are becoming more proficient in addressing environmental justice; encouraging public interest design; and achieving successful outcomes through collaborative problem-solving.

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Speakers

Sanford E. Garner, AIA, NOMAC, LEED AP ND, Founding Partner and President, A2SO4, Indianapolis, IN

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Arabella Martinez, Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees, Latino Community Foundation, San Francisco, CA

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10:20 AM – 10:35 AM
Break
10:35 AM – 11:50 AM Workshop Session 2 – Cultural Sustainability:  Heritage Preservation and Placemaking

Philly-1Award-winning developers from urban and tribal communities will discuss how to successfully strike a balance between economic development and the sustainable management of cultural assets.  They will explain how just “being green” is a restrictive interpretation for sustainability.  Participants will learn ways sustainability can conserve resources; respect local culture, heritage and tradition; focus on quality balanced with economic opportunity for residents; optimize the visitor experience by applying a creative mix of cultural, natural and historic resources.  This session will reveal successful placemaking is not measured in numbers alone, but also in the integrity of the experience that contributes to economic viability of the institutions, resources, community and its residents.

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Speakers

Denise E. Gilmore, President and CEO, Jazz District Redevelopment Corp., Kansas City, MO

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Tomasita Duran, Executive Director, Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority, Ohkay Owingeh, NM

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11:50 AM – 12:00 PM Break
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Working Lunch. Workshop Session 3 – How Do You Get “Equitable Development” into the Plan?

OaklandCommunities across the country are aligning environmental justice and smart growth as complementary quality of life goals.  The speakers will share how to alter policies that hinder the needs of underserved populations as well as how to avoid getting ensnared in institutional inertia.  This session will introduce new tools and strategies, and participants will learn how to calibrate existing tools in order to realize desired outcomes.  Examples will showcase creative ways to integrate equitable development into the planning process to make communities better.

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Speakers

Eric Shaw, Director of Community and Economic Development, City of Salt Lake City, UT

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Carolina Martínez, Land Use Policy Advocate, Environmental Health Coalition

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Harold Mitchell, Jr., State Representative (District 31), South Carolina House of Representatives; Interim Executive Director, Upstate Housing Partnership, Spartanburg, SC

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1:15 PM – 1:30 PM Closing Plenary – Workshop Wrap-up and Review of Logistics

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Workshop Facilitator

Vernice Miller-Travis, Senior Associate, Community Planning and Revitalization Group, Skeo Solutions

Conference Program

Sessions by Time

The main Conference Program will span three full days with optional pre-conference events scheduled for Wednesday, February 12, and Sunday, February 16.

Equitable Development

Healthy Food Systems

Networking Activities

Special Features