Carlton Eley is an environmentalist, urban planner, and lecturer. He has ten years experience advancing projects targeting environmental justice and sustainable urban policy, and he is U.S. EPA’s leading expert on the topic of equitable development. Carlton is credited for elevating equitable development to the level of formal recognition within U.S. EPA as an approach for encouraging sustainable communities. He has coordinated national competitions that recognize communities for encouraging equitable development, and he has published multiple articles as well as blogs on the subject. He nominated South Carolina State Representative Harold Mitchell, Jr. and the ReGenesis Project for the 2015 National Planning Excellence Award for Advancing Diversity and Social Change (in Honor of Paul Davidoff).
Carlton was selected by Fulbright New Zealand for participating in the Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowship in Public Policy. He is the first American to conduct research on the topic of smart growth in New Zealand. Following the fellowship, Carlton wrote a chapter on Wellington, New Zealand for the book, Local Sustainable Urban Development in a Globalized World.
Carlton has served on community advisory service teams for Pamlico County, North Carolina; Gary, Indiana; Birmingham, Alabama; and the Vecht River Valley in the Netherlands. Carlton’s work has been commended by the Ford Foundation, the National Charrette Institute, and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His technical assistance work and public engagement efforts have earned citations from the American Planning Association and the National Organization of Minority Architects. Carlton is the editor of the e-newsletter ‘Urban Leader 2.0’. He has a B.A. in Sociology/Social Work Curriculum from Elizabeth City State University and a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa.