Years of deindustrialization, disinvestment, suburbanization, gentrification, and poor planning has led to the some communities in Maryland and Washington, DC having poor infrastructure, high concentration of psychosocial stressors, built environment insults, poor quality of life, and health disparities. New efforts from the field of sustainability and planning including equitable planning and sustainable development have shown how good planning, community development, and zoning can address environmental injustice and environmental health disparities. In this session, panelists will discuss some of the best practices in planning and sustainability that have been used in the region and nationally to make communities greener, healthier, more sustainable and more just. They will discuss the benefits of equitable planning principles to ensure that communities are not only environmentally sustainable but also socially and economically sustainable. Panelists will discuss with the audience some of the challenges they have faced in their work, lessons learned, and actions attendees can take and planning and development solutions that they can implement to address environmental injustice and environmental health disparities in their communities.