Training Programs


    Washington Marriott at Metro Center
    775 12th Street, N.W.
    Washington, DC 20005

    DAY 1-WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2017

    Grand Ballroom Salon E

    11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

    Effects of Improper Disposal of Agricultural Waste on the Environment

    Agricultural wastes are substances that emanate from horticultural practices that are intended to be discarded. It produces harmful effects that are hazardous to human health and contaminate water bodies surrounding the area and atmosphere. The improper disposal of agricultural wastes can cause acute and chronic effects on the ecosystem by the dispersal of foreign bodies (toxins) into the water and soil. This workshop will engage and train farmers, community leaders and agriculturists on how to mitigate the effects of runoff, and pesticide poisoning.

    Nneora Ezeanya
    Megan Barnes
    Chukwuemelie Onwubuya
    Ja’Pa Lockhart
    Allen University

    Oluwole Ariyo, Ph.D.
    Allen University

    Grand Ballroom Salon E

    2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Nature Smart

    Urban students can make academic progress if they have access to Meaningful Outdoor Learning Experiences. This presentations explains how local school districts are using “Green Teams” to promote environmental stewardship and engage students in Problem Based Learning challenges which positively impacts academic achievement through genuine collaboration with others.

    The Universal Language of Nature

    This session will explore how language diversity challenges at local urban schools is overcome with innovative use of the common language we ALL speak….nature. Local schools are creating “Green Teams” to immerse LEP (Limited English Proficiency) students in Problem Based Learning challenges that help promote faster language acquisition and a deeper understanding of curriculum that results from genuinely collaborating with others.

    Brian Hollingsworth
    STEAM Specialist
    Green Team Leader
    Science Lead Teacher
    Centre Ridge Elementary School

    Elaine Camarillo Chalmers
    EEO, Diversity and Outreach Program Manager
    Civil Rights, Office of Chief
    US Forest Service

    Elaine Tholen
    Program Manager
    Environmental Stewardship

    Beatrix Preusse
    Educational Specialist World Languages
    Instructional Services

    Kelly Baugh
    ESOL Teacher
    Centreville Elementary School

    DAY 2–THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017

    London Room I

    10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Building Environmental Justice and Cumulative Impacts into Local Decision Making

    This workshop will review how the City of Newark came to consider, adopt and implement an “Environmental Justice and Cumulative Impacts Ordinance.” The workshop will draw on participants from various sectors involved in the ordinance’s development and implementation, and will review the details of the ordinance and lessons for cities and community organizations interested in adopting similar measures in their efforts to address environmental justice in their own municipalities.

    Ana Isabel Baptista, PhD
    The New School University
    Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy

    Nicky Sheats, Esq. Ph.D.
    Thomas Edison State College/ NJ EJ Alliance

    Molly Greenberg, MSW
    Ironbound Community Corporation

    Cynthia Mellon, MA
    Co-Chair, City of Newark Environmental Commission

    London Room I

    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Ensuring Equity in Planning and Capital Improvement: A Case Study from Minneapolis Parks

    In December of 2016, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) adopted its annual budget, which for the first time utilizes an empirical equity metric to select capital improvement projects in neighborhood parks. The metric goes beyond facility condition to consider area demographics and recreation need. This session will describe in detail the planning, community engagement, and data analysis process MPRB used to develop the equity metric and also allow time for discussion and questions.

    Adam Regn Arvidson, PLA, FASLA
    Director of Strategic Planning, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

    Linden Weiswerda
    Park Management Analyst, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

    London Room I

    3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Communities for Clean Streams: Growing a Partnership to Address Environmental Issues

    Case studies often explore the entire process of a successful partnership. This case study presentation is unique in that it explores the initiation and expansion of a set of community partnerships in real time as community members seek to take on new environmental issues. Lessons learned can help attendees examine the beginning of a process seeking to engage communities disproportionately affected by negative environmental factors.

    Monica Billger
    Virginia Conservation Advocate
    Audubon Naturalist Society

    Leah Tenorio
    Director of Hispanic Ministry, Good Shepherd Catholic Church

    Lily Whitesell
    Watershed Specialist, Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District

    Carla Claure

    Carmina Díaz

    London Room II

    10:00 a.m. — 12:15 p.m.

    NEPA & EJ: Leveraging Federal Resources to Advance Community Environmental, Economic and Health Vitality. A Focus on Promising Practices for EJ Methodologies in NEPA Reviews.

    This training/workshop is designed to share the principles and best practices of the Promising Practices for EJ Methodologies in NEPA Reviews Report, 2016 (Promising Practices Report) with a special emphasis on: 1) the application of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to aid in providing funds to the community, 2) distribution of beneficial impacts in addition to adverse impacts, and 3) the importance of meaningful engagement of environmental justice populations throughout the NEPA process. The session will be two parts: 1) presentation and interactive dialogue and 2) case study/group exercise. Specifically, Part 1 will be presented in a presentation/interactive dialogue format from various sections of the Promising Practices Report. Part 2 will be a case study/group exercise that will allow participants to work through an EJ analysis utilizing the concepts from the Promising Practices Report.


    Denise Freeman
    Co-chair, NEPA Committee of the IWG on EJ
    Environmental Protection Specialist
    Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance
    Office of General Counsel
    U.S. Department of Energy

    Cynthia Huber
    Co-Chair, NEPA Committee of the IWG on EJ
    Senior Counsel
    Natural Resources Section
    Environment and Natural Resources Division
    U.S. Dept. of Justice

    Iris Maska
    Fish & Wildlife Service
    U.S. Department of Interior

    Suzi Ruhl, JD, MPH
    Past Co-chair, NEPA Committee of the IWG on EJ
    Senior Attorney Advisor
    Office of Environmental Justice
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    Antoinette Quagliata
    Environmental Protection Specialist
    Federal Transit Administration

    Case Study Facilitators:

    Antoinette Quagliata
    Environmental Protection Specialist
    Federal Transit Administration

    Juliet Bochicchio
    Environmental Protection Specialist
    Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance
    Office of General Counsel
    U.S. Department of Energy

    Arthur Totten
    Office of Federal Activities
    Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    Hilary Zarin, Ph.D.
    Socioeconomics Program
    Decision Support, Planning & NEPA
    Bureau of Land Management
    U.S. Department of Interior

    London Room II

    1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Collaborative Conservation through Engagement of Communities and Partnerships

    This workshop is designed to showcase collaborative initiatives and activities through partnerships using conservation practices, which contribute to successful environmental incentives and effects for landowners and communities. Program experts and local landowners will explain in detail the benefits of using reliable conservation practices while expanding environmental justice goals and efforts that have transformed individuals, communities and the environment.
    Kasey L. Taylor
    State Conservationist
    Delaware Natural Resources
    U. S. Department of Agriculture/Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

    Kellee Melton
    Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
    NRCS South Carolina

    Norman and Gwen Pierce
    Owners, Union Ridge Farms

    Jerome Brown
    State Resource Conservationist
    NRCS South Carolina

    Kevin Farmer
    Watershed Programs Team Leader
    Conservation Engineering Division
    NRCS Washington, DC

    Robert Chambers
    NRCS South Carolina

    London Room II

    3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Justice for Children: Improving Environmental Health at School

    This workshop will offer attendees an opportunity to learn about: the environmental conditions of schools nationwide and in key states; the characteristics of children enrolled in schools; the environmental health hazards common to PK-12 schools; and how some of the many hazards can be avoided or reduced.

    Claire L. Barnett, MBA
    Executive Director, Healthy Schools Network, Inc.
    Albany, NY

    Leslie Fields, Esq.
    Director, Environmental Justice and Community Partnerships, Sierra Club
    Washington, D.C.

    Grand Ballroom Salon E

    10:00 a.m. — 12 Noon

    Teaching the Social Determinants of Occupational Health Equity: NIEHS Educational Resources to Promote Work Environment Justice and Sustainable Jobs.

    This workshop will provide an overview of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Training Program (WTP) under the Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWTP) which addresses one of the most important and significant problems with unemployment–workers lacking crucial technical and marketable job skills and experience on the job. It will also summarize the accomplishments and salient results from this report and share information on new Occupational Health Work Equity Curricula that has been developed to address workers issues around health disparities.

    Mrs. Sharon D. Beard, MS
    NIEHS Worker Training Program

    Dr. Linda Delp
    University of California, Los Angles, (UCLA)
    Dir. Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program
    Adjunct Assoc. Professor, Community Health Sciences
    Sherry Baron, MD, MPH
    Queens College, Flushing, NY

    Deborah Weinstock, MS
    National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training

    Grand Ballroom Salon E

    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges: Using EJ SCREEN and C-FERST for Science

    This workshop will introduce innovative approaches for combining the capacity of EPA science tools – EJ SCREEN and the recently released Community Focused Exposure and Risk Screening Tool (C-FERST). Following a nationally applicable case study, participants will learn how these tools can be used sequentially to; (1) identify community environmental health ‘hotspots’; (2) take a closer look at local scale sources of exposure and; (3) use new features of the tool to for target potential partners and resources across the country. By exploring the power of GIS mapping and crowd source data, participants will leave with simple, user-defined approaches for using state of the science tools to advance their community and environmental health projects.

    Laura Stewart
    ORISE Research Participant, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    Chelsea Berg
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    Grand Ballroom Salon E

    3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    Understanding Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is one of several tools used to address environmental justice issues. This two-part workshop includes an overview of Title VI followed by a panel discussion of the efforts by federal agencies to ensure compliance with the law.

    Federal Coordination and Compliance Section
    U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division

    Office of Civil Rights
    USDA Rural Development

    DAY 3–FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017
    Capital Hill Room (3rd Floor)

    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    Limited English Proficiency Considerations in Sustainability Planning: Implications at the Local and Federal Levels

    With the emergence of municipal sustainability offices and departments in cities across the U.S., local frameworks have been created to make urban areas more environmentally resilient. Although compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 mandates, that on the Federal level, Limited English Proficiency (LEP) populations must be accounted for in governance, the same considerations aren’t codified on local scales across the nation. The consequence in regards to sustainability issues results in the loss of engagement with tens of millions of Americans and the disabling of residents’ capacity to fully partake in local sustainability agendas and to shape consequent policies. This workshop evaluates the considerations that LEP communities have been afforded by sustainability planners in its review of municipal sustainability documents from the nation’s most populous cities.
    This workshop will provide insights on the implications of LEP policy, or lack thereof, at the local level, specifically as it relates to sustainability planning in the urban and municipal level. It will then segue into what policy is already in place at the Federal level, and considerations for not just compliance but success in efforts regarding environmental planning under the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Forest Management Act, among others. The intent with this workshop will be to highlight areas where the Federal effort(s) around LEP are demonstrating success, areas that can be improved, and how the lack of a correspondent body of policy at the local level represents a missed opportunity for engagement with interested parties in local decision-making and undermines the underlying effort toward effective local government.

    Ricardo Martinez
    Outreach Specialist
    USDA Forest Service

    Lemir Teron
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Environmental Studies
    SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry

    Capital Hill Room (3rd Floor)

    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Developing a New Federal Strategy to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures

    The President’s Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children (Task Force) is developing a new federal strategy to reduce childhood lead exposures and associated health effects. The Task Force is seeking input from stakeholders, including the environmental justice community, to inform the development of the Strategy. The Task Force includes 17 member agencies and is co-chaired by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services. The Senior Staff Steering Committee—the action arm of the Task Force—recently identified lead as a re-emerging priority. In November 2016, the Task Force published “Key Federal Programs to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and Eliminate Associated Health Impacts”. The document highlights current and planned federal efforts to understand, prevent, and reduce sources of lead exposure among children. As a next step, a new federal Strategy is being developed. This session is an opportunity for members of the Senior Staff Steering Committee to: 1) highlight a number of existing capacity building and technical assistance resources that are available to communities to address childhood lead exposures and 2) engage with stakeholders, to inform the development of the new federal Strategy.

    Ruth Etzel
    Director, Office of Children’s Health Protection
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    Sandra Howard
    Senior Environmental Health Advisor
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    Shannon Steinbauer
    Director, Lead and Healthy Homes Programs Division
    Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes
    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

    Carol Kemker
    Deputy Division Director
    Air, Pesticides and Toxics Management Division
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4

    Alan Shannon
    Director, Public Affairs
    Food and Nutrition Service, Midwest Region
    U.S. Department of Agriculture

    Shannon Jordan
    National Library of Medicine
    National Institutes of Health
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    Capital Hill Room (3rd Floor)

    3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    National Library of Medicine Resources: Case Studies in Environmental Health

    Recent public health incidents and emerging issues provide an informative cadre of case studies on how National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources have been and may be utilized to support the work of professionals and the general public working on environmental justice issues. Recent case studies include: the Dakota Access Pipeline crude oil; public drinking water contamination in Charleston, West Virginia and Flint, MI; soil contamination in Indiana and Michigan; smoking in public housing in PA; and Zika virus mosquito control in the United States. Knowledge of NLM online resources provides quick, free access to authoritative information and tools that professionals and the general public may use. An examination of recent environmental case studies will demonstrate the usefulness of the NLM resources in helping to achieve environmental justice and build capacity within communities.

    Shannon M. Jordan, MPH
    National Institutes of Health
    National Library of Medicine

    London Rooms I and II

    9:30 a.m. – 12 Noon

    Educate, Motivate, Innovate Workshop: Building the Next Generation of Climate Justice Leaders

    The Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice’s “Educate, Motivate and Innovate (EMI) Climate Justice Initiative” is proud to present “Educate, Motivate, Innovate: Building the Next Generation of Climate Justice Leaders.” This two-part workshop features presentations of climate justice projects from students attending Minority Serving Institutions, including: Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions. The workshop will focus on the impacts of climate change on underserved, minority, low-income, American Indian, and Alaska Natives who are faced with environmental justice concerns. Also featured is training on EJSCREEN, EPA’s EJ screening tool to help identify and better understand potential community vulnerabilities.

    Photovoice Project: Climate Change Effects on Future Water Supply and Colonias Without

    Rebeka Isaac, University of Texas at El Paso

    Community Food Security in Underserved Spaces in Urban Public Housing in Puerto Rico

    Carol E. Ramos Gerena, University of Puerto Rico

    Climate Change: An effect on the location of Food Markets and Community Gardens how it
    relates to the Food Deserts in Virginia

    Latia Jackson, Virginia State University

    EJSCREEN Training: EJSCREEN for Climate Justice Application

    Learn how to navigate EPA’s EJSCREEN. This screening information may be of interest to community residents or other stakeholders as they search for environmental or demographic information that can support a wide range of research and policy goals related to environmental justice.

    Kevin Olp
    Director of Communications, Office of Environmental Justice

    London Rooms I and II

    1:30 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.

    Grant Writing and Technical Assistance

    Ms. Deborah N. Blacknall, Grants Administrator and Assistant Officer, Office
    of Sponsored Programs, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC

    Ms. Gwendolyn F. Mitchell Ulmer, Grant Administrator, Office of Sponsored
    Programs, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC

    Part 1. Ready, Set: Give Me Your Money, What’s In A Name? and Do We Really Want To Do This? Terms and Techniques of Grant Writing

    Part 2. Go: How Do We Do It? and How Much Do We Need? Developing a Proposal and Budget

    Part 3. Where Is The Money? Finding Available Grant Funding Agencies

    Grand Ballroom Salon E

    10:00 a.m. – 12 Noon

    Toxic Trespass Training Program: Addressing health concerns from Oil-Chemical exposures

    The Toxic Trespass Training program takes science to where people need it the most – into at-risk communities. By creating a science-based program that is accessible to the people most at risk, we are developing tools that everyone will be able to use to identify, document and reduce toxic oil-chemical exposures in their own communities while working together for a better future. The Toxic Trespass Team is made up of a diverse group of partners. All members have direct experience on the impacts of living in heavily polluted areas. Our interactive trainings include identifying types of environmental health hazards, where oil-chemical pollutants might be in our environment, how these pollutants enter and exit our bodies, how to explain symptoms of oil-chemical exposures and health effects, why being exposed to oil-chemical pollutants is dangerous, and why it is important to choose a Health Care Provider familiar with environmental medicine. This program creates trainings for and with at-risk populations, ensuring scientific and medical information is accessible. Collaboration builds on local first-hand knowledge and peer learning, providing a sustainable foundation for regional activities and cross-boundary solutions. This session will provide a discussion concerning citizen science training in community assessment and improvement planning with an introduction to freely accessible tools and resources.

    Emily L. Harris, MPH
    Toxic Training Program Co- Director
    University of Central Arkansas, Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies PhD Student and Graduate Assistant Field Researcher

    Martial Broussard, Captain USAF, Ret. (2006)
    Louisiana Toxic Trespass Team Trainer

    Glynn Barber
    Inventor, Environmental Controlled Sustainable Integrated Agricultural (ECSIA®)

    Dr. Dameon V. Alexander
    Director of Strategic Initiatives, Department of Academic Technology,
    Professorial Lecturer, Department of Sociology, The George Washington University

    Grand Ballroom Salon E

    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Web-based Instructional System for Environmental Review (WISER)

    Everything that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) does involves Environmental Justice (EJ). HUD’s affordable housing mission touches low-income residents in every city in the country. Therefore, what we do and how we do it matters. This workshop will unveil the updated HUD EJ Strategy for 2016-2020. This document will be the basis for a discussion of the Department’s intent, programs, and priorities with regard to EJ. Secondly, HUD’s new training tool, the Web-based Instructional System for Environmental Review (WISER), will be introduced using its EJ module. Participants will see first-hand how HUD grantees and staff are trained to understand and address EJ concerns.

    James Potter, AICP, PP
    U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

    Grand Ballroom Salon E

    3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    “Climate Justice/Environmental Justice at the Intersection of STEM: Constructing Career Pathways from Secondary to Higher Education” 

    In part I of this workshop, authors will present on two topics: “Toxicity Close to Home Can Blaze a Trail to Climate Justice Careers: Inner-city Youth in the EJ Education Pipeline to Merritt College” and “Student Driven EJ Field Studies Tap Intrinsic Motivation for STEM Exploration: Technical Assistance from EPA’s My Environment Delivers a Quantum Leap.” In part II of the workshop, authors will be joined by discussants who will set up an interactive fish-bowl discussion for participants wishing to explore and problem-solve in applying the same techniques & tapping similar STEM funding streams in other secondary and community college systems of other states.
    Dr. Cliff Cockerham
    National Campaign Director, Climate Emergency Coalition
    Adjunct Science Faculty, Merritt College

    Dr. Jim Newell
    Climate Emergency Coalition

    Dr. Robbie Kunkel
    Dean of Academic Pathways & Student Success
    Merritt College

    Marcus Franklin
    Program Specialist, Environmental and Climate Justice Program NAACP

    Marnese Jackson
    Fellow, NAACP Environmental Climate & Justice Program

    Ryan Kelley
    Fellow, NAACP Environmental Climate & Justice Program

    Sudheer Shukla
    Adjunct Faculty, Northern Virginia Community College
    Outreach Specialist, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate



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