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EPA’s 2012 Southeast Regional Environmental Justice Conference


EPA’s 2012 Southeast Regional Environmental Justice Conference, “Promoting Environmental Justice through Effective Education, Collaboration, and Mobilization”



The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, Office of Environmental Justice hosted the Regional Environmental Conference on August 16-17, 2012. The conference was held at the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center in Atlanta, GA. The conference goals were:

  1. To develop tangible solutions to address environmental, health, and social impacts affecting communities with environmental justice concerns;
  2. To educate the attendees on the environmental, health, and social impacts affecting communities with environmental justice concerns; and
  3. To provide networking opportunities for environmental justice leaders and organizations.

Over 200 people, representative of all stakeholder groups, attended the conference and built relationships that will benefit their communities and promote sustainable growth. Workshops and sessions were led by experts in their field.


This conference promoted environmental justice by:   

Although the federal government has taken measures to ensure environmental equality, an effective strategy must incorporate perspectives from a diverse group of impacted stakeholders. This conference promoted education, collaboration and mobilization among environmental justice community groups; environmental organizations; federal, state and local government officials; academic institutions; and other interested stakeholders to help us all better identify and implement solutions for communities that are most overburdened by environmental pollution.

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Links to select conference presentations provided below will be available through November 5, 2012.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Achieving Environmental Justice: Past, Present and Future

Environmental Justice, Health Disparities, and Policy

Building Blocks to Sustainability and Environmental Justice (Capacity Building/Organizational Development)

Effective use of Large Scale use of Large Scale Campus and Community Projects to Engage Environmental Justice while Promoting the Green Economy

Developing Sustainable Partnerships to Create Sustainable Communities

Breakthrough Technologies Needed in Environmental Jsutice Communities with Concerns

Bridging the Gap: Opportunities for Collaboration with Minority Serving Institutions/Minority Academic Institutions

Cliamte Change and Environmental Justice: Mitigating Challeges and Advancing Opportunities

State Agency/Community Engagement Networking Meeting

Effective Ways to Promote Environmental Justice: Table Topics Luncheon

Friday, August 17, 2012

Achieving Environmental Justice: Best Practices and Success Stories - Collaborations Between Communities, Government Agencies, Business and Industry

Representing Your Constituents and Advocating for Your Communities

The "Whole Community" Partnership: Resources and Tools for Building Disaster Resilient Communities

Effective Ways of Engaging Communities in Environmental Justice while Promoting the Green Economy

Understanding and Utilizing NEPA and Title VI

Using Alternative Disptue Resolution Techniquies to Address EJ Concerns

Public Participation Using Geograpic Information System Tools

Grant Writing 101: Preparing your Organization to Submit Effective Grant Proposals

Getting To Know Your Community: Learning the Tools to Conduct an Environmental Justice

Description: Participants will learn different aspects of environmental justice, assesments and how to access data from the US Census Bureau and other EPA assesment tools. This session is computer-based, interactive and will utilize a hands-on approach for participants to familiarize themselves with the capabilities and limitations of the different tools and databases.


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We thank our co-sponsors for their support and for their assistance with the conference.

Alabama Department of Environmental Management

Cardno TBE

Center for Sustainable Communities

DIRTT Environmental Solutions

Emory University, Office of Sustainability Initiatives

Green Group Holdings

MDB, Inc.

Restoration Services, Inc.


Spelman College

U.S. Climate Action Network

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary for Health

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service

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The conference planning committee was comprised of a group of individuals representing various stakeholder groups. The committee was instrumental in formulating and organizing the conference agenda.

Note: A link to the conference booklet has been added as a reference and will be available through November 5, 2012.

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