Laura Solitare, PhD is an Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy in the Barbara Jordan – Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. Dr. Solitare has conducted research, outreach, and education in the fields of urban land use, environmental planning, and environmental health for two decades. Among many grant-funded projects, she helped to create a training guide for the meaningful involvement of community-based organizations in brownfields redevelopment. Recently, Laura led a Health Impact Assessment on Transit-Oriented Development in the Near Northside neighborhood in Houston. Laura received her Ph.D in urban planning from Rutgers University (New Jersey) and has taught classes in environmental planning, land use law, and research methods at Texas Southern University. Dr. Solitare has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals and authored numerous research reports.