March 13 , 2023

Season 2 Episode 6

Environmental Justice


charles t. brown

“Red Lines, People of Color, and White Flight.”

We take a serious dive into Environmental Justice with national expert, Charles T. Brown. Be prepared for an honest and raw discussion on what the planning profession has done and needs to do to improve the lives of all Americans.

This compelling interview with special guest, Commissioner Tara Crawford, is one you’ll want to watch, take a few notes, and absorb. 

For more on Charles and his efforts, check out his website:


Charles T. Brown is the founder and principal of Equitable Cities, a minority- and veteran-owned urban planning, public policy and research firm focused at the intersection of transportation, health and equity. He is also an adjunct professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

Charles is an award-winning expert in planning and policy and has been interviewed by several notable outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, VICE and Bloomberg CityLab. He is highly regarded as a keynote speaker and leads workshops on transportation, health and equity for audiences worldwide.

Charles previously served as a senior researcher with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, where he authored several groundbreaking national and local studies that redefined how experts analyze the role of race and racism in transportation and mobility. In 2020, Charles was part of the inaugural class of the Public Voices Fellowship on the Climate Crisis, which is managed by the Yale School of the Environment.

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Much like the planning profession, the whiskey industry is also challenged to understand and incorporate equity in its industry. The pairing is Jack Daniel’s Triple Mash to honor the history of the distillery’s tie to Nearest Green as well as an acknowledgment by its company, Brown-Forman, that reflects how the planning industry should proceed: “We have a lot to learn internally.” 

Jack Daniel's Triple Mash

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