What role can planning play in promoting social equity from an environmental perspective? From climate change to pollution, the socio-economic distribution of the tree canopy, and access to green spaces, this Urbanism Lab event looks at ways that cities have integrated an environmental justice lens to urban planning.


Thursday, November 26
From 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm


Carlton Eley

  • Carlton Eley is president of The Eley Group, and a subject matter expert on equitable development. Carlton is a former civil servant whose career with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spanned 20 years. Carlton has been an effective change agent over the course of his career. He re-energized the American Planning Association’s focus on social equity, and expanded the socialization boundaries of the U.S. EPA to accommodate equitable development as a place-based solution. Carlton was interviewed by sociologist Jill Lindsey Harrison for the book From the Inside Out: The Fight for Environmental Justice in Government Agencies. In 2003, Carlton participated in the Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowship in Public Policy, and he was on assignment with the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment. Mr. Eley has a BA in Sociology / Social Work Curriculum from Elizabeth City State University and an MS in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa.

Katherine Howard

  • Katherine is an Australian parks, recreation and environmental planner and strategist. She has an eye for causing transformational change and a commitment to creating thriving places. Katherine has recently created a new vision for the future of parks and recreation for the City of Vancouver’s Board of Parks and Recreation. The plan includes a world first: a tool for more equitable decision making, embedded in organizational culture and systems.

Dr. Ingrid Waldron

  • Dr. Ingrid Waldron is an associate professor in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University and director of non-governmental organization Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities and Community Health Project (The ENRICH Project). As the director of the ENRICH Project over the past eight years, Dr. Waldron has been investigating the socio-economic, political and health effects of environmental racism and other public infrastructure inequalities in Mi’kmaq and African Nova Scotian communities. The ENRICH Project formed the basis for Dr. Waldron’s first book, There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities, which received the 2020 Society for Socialist Studies Errol Sharpe Book Prize and the 2019 Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing. The 2020 Netflix documentary There’s Something in the Water is based on Dr. Waldron’s book, and was co-produced by Waldron, actress Ellen Page, Ian Daniel and Julia Sanderson. The ENRICH Project also formed the basis for the creation of the provincial private member’s bill, An Act to Address Environmental Racism (Bill 111), which was introduced in the Nova Scotia Legislature on April 29, 2015, and the federal private member’s bill, An Act respecting the development of a national strategy to redress environmental racism (Bill C-230), which was introduced in the House of Commons on February 26, 2020, and will move to second reading on December 3, 2020.