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Region 4 Course offering

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The “Fundamentals” of Environmental Course
Executive Order 12898 - The Basics of Environmental Justice

Date:

October 22-23, 2013

Classes are held at 61 Forsyth St., SW, Atlanta, Georgia, 30303, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Atlanta/Augusta Conference Rooms on the 3rd floor of the Atlanta Federal Center Building.

Description: The “Fundamentals” of Environmental Course is a "FREE" course, designed to provide the essential tools needed to identify, address, and communicate effectively matters of environmental justice. The Course provides: (a) a definition of Environmental Justice and the different perspectives of Environmental Justice, (b) an overview of the different laws which gives ample authority to address matters frequently associated with Environmental Justice, (c) the basic concepts and tools of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS), (d) basic Environmental Justice review skills through case studies and dialogue with others engaged in environmental justice activities, (e) an overview of the challenges and historic actions of Environmental Justice, and (f) the dynamics of meaningful stakeholder involvement. This 1 to 2.5 day course is offered by the Region 4 environmental justice staff.

The Office of Environmental Justice has conducted more than 40 classes for EPA staff, other federal agencies, state and local governments, academia, community organizations and industry. Collectively, since 2002, we have trained over 1,500 people. We have also specifically conducted off-site training for Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Alabama Department of Environmental Quality and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, as well as smaller, local groups. 

Below you will find feedback from various people whom have completed the Fundamentals of Environmental Justice Course, and is currently utilizing what they have learned to promote Environmental Justice in their everyday work.

Please contact Karen Smith to register at 404-562-9703.

Dianna Williams, US EPA, Air Division, Community Relations Specialist for Children's Environmental Health, EPA

One benefit of taking the class is it has helped me to put a name to the type of work that I do and have always done in the community. On my more recent trip to Jacksonville in the Showcase Community of Health Zone 1, I and others were able to help students become more aware of their communities and EJ issues that surround and eventually affect them, such as food deserts, dump sites, asthma, lead, etc.

Garry Harris, Centers for Sustainable Communities

1. Allowed for the creation of a policy statement on EJ for the Atlanta Belt Line project.
2. Provided for the creation of an EJ project between Morehouse College and the US. Forest Service, assessing EJ citywide - $50,000 grant to Morehouse.
3. Allowed for extensive participation in regional EJ Conference, created and successfully implemented eleven (11) technical sessions, events and activities
4. Allowed for the conduct of training for Atlanta Belt Line Senior Managers and Professionals.

5. Allowed for the development of state wide programs to be managed by Georgia Interface Power and Light.

National Enforcement Training Institute (NETI) Course offerings

Classroom Courses

OEJ104: Fundamentals of Environmental Justice Workshop This 1-day course explores the origins of the Environmental Justice Movement, perceptions and definitions of environmental justice, laws pertaining to environmental justice, and provides an overview of Geographic Information Systems ("GIS") and other analytical tools helpful in understanding the issues.

OEJ104W: Environmental Justice Training (Office of Water)

The training is designed to enhance staff's understanding of environmental justice and to provide tools to better identify potential environmental justice issues. Overall, the EJ training will build off the good work of existing efforts in the Office of Water to integrate EJ into its policies, programs, and activities. Emphasis will be placed on showcasing how the good work benefits communities with environmental justice concerns.

Online Courses

OEJ901: Introduction to Environmental Justice This one hour web-based course, designed for EPA and other government personnel across the country, provides students with an introduction to environmental justice. The course does not cover specific EPA functions in depth. Topics include lessons about what is environmental justice, the history of the environmental justice movement, EPA’s commitment to environmental justice and the Agency’s major environmental justice policies, an environmental justice indicators framework, various environmental justice tools, and how environmental justice can be integrated into EPA’s programs and activities, using existing statutory and regulatory authority. Lesson quizzes and a comprehensive knowledge check reinforce learning.

OEJ902: Introduction to Environmental Justice (Public User) This one hour web-based course, designed for members of the general public, provides students with an introduction to environmental justice. Topics include lessons about what is environmental justice, the history of the environmental justice movement, EPA’s commitment to environmental justice and the Agency’s major environmental justice policies, an environmental justice indicators framework, various environmental justice tools, and how environmental justice can be integrated into EPA’s programs and activities, using existing statutory and regulatory authority. Lesson quizzes and a comprehensive knowledge check reinforce learning.

OEJ903: Introduction to the Toolkit for Assessing Potential Allegations of Environmental Injustice This course reviews the definition of Environmental Justice and the framework methodology of the Toolkit for Assessing Potential Allegations of Environmental Injustice (Toolkit) that was first introduced in the Fundamentals of Environmental Justice web-based training course. This course describes how to use the Toolkit methodology, including formulating the problem, collecting data, and assessing the potential for adverse and disproportionate impacts. Finally, this course concludes with a hypothetical example of how the Toolkit methodology can be applied. This step-by-step interactive exercise illustrates how the Toolkit methodology can assess potential allegations of environmental injustice.

OEJ904: Incorporating Environmental Justice Considerations into RCRA Permitting This course reviews the framework methodology first introduced in the Introduction to Environmental Justice web-based training course. It details how permitting authorities can combine this framework with Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) authorities to incorporate considerations of Environmental Justice into each step of the RCRA permit process. Finally, this course presents a sample permit process and describes tools that authorities can use to conduct an Environmental Justice assessment.

For additional Course information, please contact Elvie Barlow at 404-562-9650 or barlow.elvie@epa.gov.


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