On February 13, approximately 300 attendees gathered in Denver, CO, for the Equitable Development Workshop. Organized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Environmental Justice, the workshop featured some of the nation's best community builders and award-winning practitioners who are committed to encouraging community parity and being socially responsible when improving the built environment. Attendees represented three tribes; thirty-four states; and three countries.
Architects and design professionals were represented well by Sanford E. Garner, AIA, NOMAC, LEED AP ND. Sanford was one of the experts who offered remarks for the workshop session “Audacious Planning, Bold Designing, and Compelling Results”. The Honorable Arabella Martinez and he provided attendees with an understanding of how to advance public interest design; rise above longstanding views about project feasibility; and achieve successful results through collaborative problem solving.
The eight experts who were featured in the 5.5 hr workshop made a big impact and a lasting impression. The recent workshop affirmed the approaches for encouraging sustainable communities include equitable development, and the event prominently highlighted community planning solutions that were led by environmental justice proponents. For many attendees, the workshop was the highlight of the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference.
Carlton Eley, who is on the advisory board for the Washington, DC Chapter of NOMA, was the lead organizer of the event. If you missed the workshop, presentations are now online and can be accessed at http://newpartners.org/program/equitable-development.
Written by Carlton Eley