Equitable Development: Social Equity by Design
January 12, 2016
Social responsibility versus economic imperative is a false choice. As jurisdictions across the United States takes steps to advance sustainable community initiatives, they have an opportunity to demonstrate that the objectives of economic development, environmental protection, and meeting the needs of underserved populations are not mutually exclusive.
This discussion elevated the impressive narrative of champions who are building great communities through the framework of equitable development. In the U.S., equitable development is an approach to meet the needs of underserved communities through policies, programs, and practices that reduce disparities while fostering places that are healthy and vibrant. Equitable development does not shift attention from making communities better. Instead, it results in better community outcomes.