Thursday, June 23, 2011

Call for Abstracts for Poster Presentations

2011 Environmental Justice Conference: One Community - One Environment

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS); and Greendoor Initiative (Detroit-based organization) are co-sponsoring the 2011 Environmental Justice Conference: One Community – One Environment which will be held on August 23-26, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. They are issuing this call for poster presentations on Environmental Justice.

Abstracts (summaries) of not more than 250 words must be submitted by July 18, 2011.
Environmental Justice Defined: The EPA defines environmental justice as: "The fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies. Fair treatment means that no group of people, including racial, ethnic, or socio-economic groups should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, municipal, and commercial operations or the execution of federal, state, local, and tribal programs and policies."

Based on that definition, your Environmental Justice poster presentation could cover a number of topics including,

Models for effective community engagement and capacity building
Strategies for addressing pollutions sources that impact EJ communities
Workforce development training and job creation
Health disparities
Lead poisoning
Water pollution
Air pollution
Chemical plants
Relocation issues
Improper enforcing of environmental laws
Brownfields in your community
Hazardous waste
Green jobs
Worker training

The topic chosen should relate to the conference theme, One Community – One Environment.

Conference Tracks include:

Models for Effective Community Engagement & Capacity Building
Strategies for Addressing Pollutions Sources that Impact EJ Communities
Environmental Workforce Development Training and Job Creation

For more information on Abstract and Poster requirements

To submit an abstract

For more information about the conference

Individuals with disabilities who need accommodation to participate in this event should contact Sharon D. Beard at voice telephone: 919-541-1863l: . TTY users should contact the Federal TTY Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Requests should be made at least 5 days in advance of the event.

EPA - Community Conference Call

Intended Audience: Environmental Justice and Tribal Communities or Organizations

When: Thursday, June 30, 2011 Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm EST

Conference Line: 1-866-299-3188; code: 919-541-0773#(phone limited to 125 participants on a first-come first-serve basis)

Purpose: To provide more information on upcoming activities in EPA’s Air Programs and foster a dialog with communities on their air quality issues. This call will provide an:

Overview of the Upcoming Air Rule for the Pulp and Paper Industry and other air quality rules

Discussion of the purpose and process for developing the Environmental Justice Community Learning Center

Opportunity for community members to ask questions regarding the topics discussed.

To register for the call/webinar. You Must register 24 hours before the webinar.

For more information about the conference call, contact Lena Epps-Price (919) 541-5573.