2011 Community Involvement Training Conference
Community Involvement in the 21st Century: Embracing Diversity, Expanding Engagement, Utilizing Technology
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 12th Community Involvement Training Conference was held July 19-21, 2011, at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. This dynamic conference brought together more than 400 people from EPA and its federal, state, tribal, and local partners who plan and implement environmental community involvement, partnership, stewardship, outreach, and education programs.
The theme for the 2011 conference was, "Community Involvement in the 21st Century: Embracing Diversity, Expanding Engagement, Utilizing Technology." Through this theme, we not only showcased community involvement as it is, but how it is evolving, and what steps must be taken to expand its effectiveness through both existing and new technologies and techniques. We accomplished this by focusing on three key areas — Embracing Diversity, Expanding Engagement and Utilizing Technology — to expand and improve EPA's efforts to educate, communicate, engage, and partner, in an open and transparent manner, with those who are impacted by environmental issues and concerns.