Smart Growth America’s Equity Summit
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Based on the keynote presentations and panelist conversations of each day, these guides are designed to facilitate dialogue between you and your colleagues, you and your community, or with yourself about what you heard (or missed!) at the Summit.
Consider how to improve your smart growth advocacy where you live or work. You can certainly do this on your own, but to maximize the impact, we recommend doing this with a small group of colleagues, friends, or other people in your community. Think of it like a book discussion group. Listen to this year’s Summit content, read the summaries of each session, and then think about the discussion questions together as a group—perhaps over a few weeks. For those of you that are ready to take the next step, you can put together a plan of action.
Use the tabs above to look through the recordings and discussion guides.
Watch each session
Day 1: Land use and development
- Majora Carter’s keynote on retaining talent in communities
- Dr. Marshall Shepherd’s keynote on climate change and thermal justice
- Our land use and development panel
Day 2: Transportation and thriving communities
- Vignesh Swaminathan’s (aka “Mr. Barricade”) keynote on using social media for education on infrastructure
- Our transportation and thriving communities panel
Day 3: Economic development
Majora Carter’s keynote on retaining talent in communities
Planning for equitable climate adaptation
Watch Day 1’s recordings:
Transportation and data
Watch Day 2’s recordings:
Better neighborhoods, same neighbors
Watch Day 3’s recordings:
2022 Summit information
The Summit will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern each day.
Majora Carter will give the Equity Summit primary keynote during the first half of day one (January 11, 2022). Majora Carter is a real estate developer, urban revitalization strategy consultant, MacArthur Fellow, and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster. Read her full bio in the “speakers” tab.
Day 1: Tuesday, January 11
Day 2: Wednesday, January 12
Transportation and thriving communities
Day 3: Thursday, January 13
Theme: Historic injustices in land use and development have led low-income communities and communities of color to be disproportionately impacted by climate change. Learn about the science behind understanding climate and community vulnerability, and discover how leading practitioners are advancing racial and social equity through land use strategy and climate adaptation.
Theme: Transportation planning continues to use decades-old models and tools that contribute to a legacy of harm for communities of color, whether by directing limited resources away from them, bisecting and destroying those communities, or failing to connect them to opportunities to build wealth. Join a conversation about ways technology can be used to replace those outdated tools to better identify and address racial inequities and elevate community voices in transportation decisions.
Theme: The decades-long rise in demand for living and working in walkable places—especially with good access to transit—is good news for the fight against climate change, our health, and our economy. But too often, current residents of these neighborhoods are left behind—or pushed out. For future growth and development decisions, how can these mistakes be avoided and instead support economic mobility, wealth-building, and shared prosperity?
11:15 a.m. - SUMMIT KEYNOTE presentation by Majora Carter
11:08 a.m. - Keynote presentation by Vignesh Swaminathan ("Mr. Barricade"), CEO and President at Crossroad Lab. This will be followed by a fireside chat with Beth Osborne, Director, Transportation for America
11:08 a.m. - Keynote presentation by Martin Muoto, Founder and Managing Partner of SoLa Impact
12:15 p.m. - Keynote presentation by Dr. Marshall Shepherd, Distinguished Professor, University of Georgia Atmospheric Sciences
12:00 p.m. - Panel discusssion, moderated by Dr. Regan F. Patterson, Transportation Equity Research Fellow, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, featuring:
12:00 p.m. - Panel discussion, moderated by Calvin Gladney, President and CEO of Smart Growth America, featuring:
1:00 p.m. - Panel discussion, moderated by Camille Manning-Broome, President and CEO, Center for Planning Excellence
Throughout the day, you'll also hear from:
This day ends at 2 p.m. Eastern
More agenda info
Detailed information on all confirmed speakers can be found under each day’s respective tab.Sign up for email updates
Get ready for this year with our discussion guides
Turn our Equity Summit content into action and tangible change in your community with this set of four discussion guides (plus an extra guide with instructions for using them), based on the 2021 Summit content.
Consider how to improve your smart growth advocacy where you live or work. You can certainly do this on your own, but to maximize the impact, we recommend doing this with a small group of colleagues, friends, or other people in your community. Think of it like a book discussion group. Listen to last year’s Summit content, read the summaries of each session, and then think about the discussion questions together as a group—perhaps over a few weeks. For those of you that are ready to take the next step, you can put together a plan of action.Download the full set of discussion guides (.pdf)
Watch last year’s Summit
Watching last year’s summit is a great way to get to know the content in the discussion guides above. In 2021, we spent a lot of time talking about the “why.” This year, we are hoping to tackle more of the “how,” while continuing to lay a foundation for those who are new to the discussion.
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