EPA Region 7 will host a series of free training workshops on November 15 and 16 for Environmental Justice stakeholders, prior to a public meeting of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) on November 16-18 at the Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Road, in Kansas City, Mo.
The November 15 and 16 workshops will target urban and rural communities, grassroots organizations, academic institutions, businesses, youth, elderly citizens, and other demographic groups, particularly low-income and ethnic-minority populations. The workshops are designed to equip attendees with the tools and information they need to effectively address Environmental Justice issues in their communities.
Workshop content will follow two main tracks: Collaborative Problem Solving with Success Stories, Tools, and Demonstrations; and Grants and Resource Information. Sessions will focus on such topics as “How to Achieve Success by Leveraging Sources in Rural and Urban Communities,” “How to Effectively Reach EJ Communities,” “Addressing Health and the Food Desert in EJ Communities and Creating Green Jobs,” and “Grant Writing 101.”
The workshops will also feature an exhibit hall for community resources and networking.
To register online for the free workshops or to view a full agenda, go to: http://www.epa.gov/region07/ej/2010_workshop/index.htm Persons interested in attending the workshops may also call EPA Region 7’s Fatima Ndiaye, at 913-551-7383, or 1-800-223-0425, or e-mail for more information.
On November 16, at the conclusion of the free workshops, the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) will convene its national meeting, which is free and open to the public. A key portion of the meeting’s agenda is reserved for receiving comments, questions and recommendations on Environmental Justice issues from attendees.
NEJAC was established by EPA in 1993 to obtain independent advice and recommendations from all stakeholders involved in the Environmental Justice dialogue. NEJAC’s Executive Council consists of up to 26 members appointed by the EPA Administrator from key Environmental Justice constituencies, including community-based organizations, business and industry, academic and educational institutions, state and local governments, tribal governments and indigenous groups, and non-governmental organizations and environmental groups.
To register online for the November 16-18 NEJAC Public Meeting, go to: www.epa.gov/compliance/ej/nejac/meetings.html