WEBINAR: Planning for Environmental Justice and Healthy Communities

Planning for Environmental Justice and Healthy Communities
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM MST
Hosted by: Planning & the Black Community Division
Low-income communities and communities of color tend to be more exposed to impacts from harmful land use activities that can affect human health. To address land use decision making, California Senate Bill 1000 – the “Planning for Healthy Communities Act” (2016) – now requires certain local jurisdictions to adopt environmental justice goals and policies into their General Plans.
For this webinar, environmental justice and land use experts will explain the intent and history behind the new law, and they will discuss how and why communities can integrate environmental justice into local planning efforts. Discussants will also introduce case studies on two different Environmental Justice (EJ) General Plan Elements from the cities of National City and Jurupa Valley based in California. Lastly, the panel will provide an introduction to the SB 1000 Implementation Toolkit. Created in partnership by the California Environmental Justice Alliance and Place Works Inc., the toolkit lifts up effective environmental justice planning methods and resources for practitioners.
• How the environmental justice planning process informs the development of general plans.
• About best practices and lessons learned from cities that added ‘Environmental Justice Elements’ to their general plans.
• How state environmental justice policy can further social equity goals.
Join the Planning and the Black Community Division of the American Planning Association; the Planning Webcast Series Consortium; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Justice for a conversation about environmental justice and planning. Confirmed speakers for this webinar include Tiffany Eng of the California Environmental Justice Alliance; Carolina Martínez of the Environmental Health Coalition; and Michele Hasson of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice. The conversation will be moderated by Carlton Eley, U.S. EPA Office of Environmental Justice.




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