Wednesday, June 27, 2007

3rd Nat'l Conf on Environmental Science & Tech

Third National Conference on Environmental Science and Technology
September 12-14, 2007, Alumni Foundation Events Center
North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina

Purpose: To provide a forum for USDOE, USEPA, NSF, NOAA, other Federal Agencies, Industrial Technology Users and Colleges/Universities to address pollution prevention problems, solutions and research needs. Important Note: Full peer reviewed paper will be published by Battelle Press

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Abstract Submission Deadline - JULY 31, 2007
Full Paper Deadline - AUGUST 31, 2007
Registration Deadline - August 15, 2007

Web Address:

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Job - New York

Vacancy Description: Administrative Support Assistant
Open Period: 06/21/2007 - 07/05/2007
Series/Grade: GS-0303-06/07
Salary: $28,562.00 TO $41,262.00
Promotion Potential: GS-07
Hiring Agency: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Duty Locations: 1 vacancy in Alabama, New York
For more information, Contact: Laura B. Jones, 413-253-8251


Wednesday, June 20, 2007

EJ Blog Poll Says Department of Energy Best on EJ

Current results from the EJ Blog Poll at the bottom right of this blog indicate the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is the best federal agency on addressing environmental justice. To date, DOE received 46.7 % of the vote.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was second with 33.3%. The Department of Interior has 13.3%. The Department of Agriculture has 6.7%.

The poll remains open so feel free to vote. We weill report the results again in a month or two or upon the request of any reader.

Friday, June 15, 2007

EPA Releases Success Story Documentary EJ Film

EPA premiered a documentary film on June 14 that tells the real-life story of a contaminated, low-income and minority area in Spartanburg, SC that is being transformed into a livable and vibrant community. The film, "Environmental Justice: The Power of Partnerships," was shown at the Twitchell Auditorium in Spartanburg. ReGenesis Environmental Justice Partnership, a local Spartanburg non profit organization, started the project with a $20,000 grant from the EPA in 1999. Since that time, the partnership has worked with private and public organizations to leverage over $166 million in funding.

Since 1999, ReGenesis has worked with government and industry to cleanup the Arkwright municipal dumpsite, a former fertilizer plant, and six brownfield sites. They also demolished 184 old, substandard public housing units and built more than 500 new, single-family and multi-family units for rental and home ownership. Thanks to the hard work of the ReGenesis two Superfund sites and six Brownfield sites were transformed into areas where people can live, work, and play.

This film was produced to educate viewers about EPA's Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model, which helps communities work to solve local environmental and public health problems. The public can obtain free copies of the DVD by calling the National Service Center for Environmental Publications at 1-800-490-9198. In addition, the public can also order copies of EPA's booklet "EPA?sCollaborative Problem-Solving Model" (document #EPA-300-R-06-002), which can provide information for communities and other stakeholders on how to address their own environmental justice issues. (More on film)

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Roundtable Panel Discussion on Alternative Energy

The National Small Town Alliance (NSTA) is holding a discussion on alternative energy that is being hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at their headquarters on June 28. This luncheon discussion is the first step in a process to increase diversity in the alternative energy production sector. The second step will be a larger gathering in the Fall to implement recommendations from the June 28 meeting.

For more information and to RSVP contact Kimi Washington at or 301-949-1442

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

EPA Awards $1 Million for Environmental Justice Projects

EPA awarded $100,000 grants to 10 community-based organizations for projects aimed ataddressing environmental and public health issues as childhood asthma, farm worker pesticide protection, fish consumption, indoor air quality, drinking water contamination, and lead poisoning prevention. The purpose of the funding is to assist affected communities so that they can develop proactive, strategic, and visionary approaches to address their environmental justice issues and to achieve community health and sustainability. (Information on the grants)

The following organizations received grants today:

1. Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Boston, Mass.)
2. Southwest Area Neighborhood Association Inc. (Rochester, N.Y.)
3. Coalition for Environmentally Safe Communities (Washington, D.C.)
4. Rural Empowerment Association for Community Help (Duplin, N.C.)
5. Cleveland Tenants Association (Cleveland, Ohio)
6. Louisiana EJ Community Organization Coalition (Morgan City, La.)
7. Area Resources for Community and Human Services (St. Louis, Mo.)
8. San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council (Alamosa, Colo.)
9. Pacific Institutes for Studies in Development, Environment, & Security (West Oakland, Calif.)
10. Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (Seattle, Wash.)