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    2022 NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE AND TRAINING PROGRAM

    Enhancing Communities Through Capacity
    Building and Technical Assistance

    AGENDA

    New Opportunities and Trends in Environmental Justice in 2022 and Beyond

    DAY 1 – Wednesday, March 9, 2022

    YOUTH/EMERGING LEADERS SUMMIT

    Washington Marriott at Metro Center
    Grand Ballroom Salons A-D
    775 12th Street, N.W.
    Washington, DC 20005

    8:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.

    Registration

    Exhibit Hall Open

    9:00 a.m.—9:30 a.m.

    Welcome/Opening Remarks

    Conference Facilitator
    Ms. Carolyn Sawyer
    Communications Strategist
    Tom Sawyer Company

    Dr. Melinda Downing
    Environmental Justice Program Manager
    U.S. Department of Energy

    9:30 a.m.—10:30 a.m.

    PANEL: Virtual Environmental Justice Academy. Undergraduate students Sierra Generette and Justice Wright spent their Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters interning with the Mentorship for Environmental Scholars (MES) Program. Their internship focused on creating virtual Environmental Justice trainings to be delivered to middle and high school students. The results of this 10-week academic year internship formed the Pre-College University’s Virtual Environmental Justice Academy.

    Clarence T. Brown
    Executive Director
    Pre-College University, Inc.

    Sierra Generette
    Former Mentorship for Environmental Scholars (MES) Intern

    Justice Wright
    Former Mentorship for Environmental Scholars (MES) Intern

    Dave J. Wess
    Dean of Students
    Pre-College University, Inc.

    10:30 a.m.—10:45 a.m.

    Break

    10:45 a.m.—12:45 p.m.

    PANEL: Educate, Motivate, Innovate: Building the Next Generation of Environmental Justice Leaders (The Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice’s “Educate, Motivate and Innovate (EMI) Environmental Justice Initiative”).

    OVERVIEW:

    Joanna Mounce Stancil
    EMI Chair
    USDA Forest Service
    Washington, D.C.

    EMI and CUPP Collaboration:
    CUPP is a unique program that coordinates partnerships between local colleges/universities with communities in need throughout the southeast. College and university students provide technical assistance, free of charge, to underserved communities through planned projects. CUPP has completed over 100 projects throughout the United States, obtaining several dedicated college/university and non-profit partners.

    Jeannie Williamson
    EPA Region 4 College/Underserved Community Partnership Program (CUPP) Coordinator

    PRESENTATION: Redlining and Environmental Justice: Identifying the roots of Child Health Vulnerabilities to Climate Change. This presentation will explore how children’s environmental health disparities correlate with the historical practices of redlining and provide valuable insight on the structural roots of environmental health disparities, in the context of climate change.

    Dr. Leslie Isadore Rubin
    Director of Break the Cycle Program
    Southeastern Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit

    Devon Nenon
    Undergraduate Student (Junior)
    Major: Sustainability Studies
    University of Florida

    PRESENTATION: Georgia State University Students Assist Duck Hill, Mississippi Citizens Stay Informed About Their Community. The Georgia State University’s Computer Information System’s Department partnered with the Montgomery Citizens United for Prosperity (MCUP) to assist the Duck Hill community build a digital presence on the Internet. The presentation will show how the webpage will benefit the community.

    Alicia Gholar
    Computer Information Systems
    Georgia State University

    Romona Taylor Williams
    Executive Director
    Mississippi Communities United for Prosperity

    Carelis Zambrano Bellorin
    Major: Computer Information Systems
    Georgia State University

    PRESENTATION: Kentucky State University Assists in Preparing Educational Products for Low-income Communities in Kentucky. Kentucky’s Division of Water has partnered with Kentucky State University under the CUPP program to assist in developing easily accessible, easily interpreted educational documents for the lead testing in drinking water program. This presentation will show the research conducted by student to prepare these documents for use in low-income communities within the state.

    Gabriel Tanner
    Kentucky Division of Water

    Kabita Paudel
    Graduate Student, Master of Science in Environmental Studies
    Major: Environmental studies (GIS, Remote Sensing)
    Kentucky State University

    PRESENTATION: Tech for Environmental Justice: BEEnevolent Hive and Mobile Application. The audience will learn about the plight of the honeybees and technological solutions for the honeybees. The audience will also learn about a tool for environmental reporting, environmental justice education and connectivity.

    Sade Shofidiya
    Graduate Student
    Major: Public Administration – Museum Administration
    Savannah State University

    12:45 p.m.—1:00 p.m.

    Break

    1:00 p.m.—2:30 p.m.

    Lunch

    Luncheon Speaker:

    Dr. Britt Rios-Ellis
    Executive VP of Academic Affairs
    Oakland University
    Lake Angelus, MI

    DAY 2 – Thursday, March 10, 2022

    Washington Marriott at Metro Center
    Grand Ballroom Salons A-D
    775 12th Street, N.W.
    Washington, DC 20005

    8:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.

    Exhibit Hall Open

    Conference Facilitator
    Ms. Carolyn Sawyer
    Communications Strategist
    Tom Sawyer Company

    8:30 a.m.—9:15 a.m.

    PANEL: Community and College Partners Program (C2P2): Developing Alternative Energy Options for Indigenous People in Tyonek, Alaska

    Michael Burns
    Founder/Executive Director
    C2P2

    Margaret McCurdy
    Graduate Student, Peace Engineering Program
    Drexel University
    Philadelphia, PA

    Joan Nguyen
    Graduate Student, Peace Engineering Program
    Drexel University
    Philadelphia, PA

    Kate Ryan
    Graduate Student, Peace Engineering Program
    Drexel University
    Philadelphia, PA

    9:15 a.m.—9:55a.m.

    Introduction of Keynote Speakers

    Dr. Melinda Downing
    Environmental Justice Program Manager
    U.S. Department of Energy

    KEYNOTE REMARKS

    The Honorable James E. Clyburn
    Majority Whip (Democrat, 6th District, South Carolina)

    The Honorable Jennifer Granholm
    Secretary
    U.S. Department of Energy

    9:55 a.m.—10:05 a.m.

    BREAK

    10:05 a.m.—11:15 a.m.

    PANEL: Estimating Disproportionate Impacts of Climate Change on Childhood Asthma Rates Among Socially Vulnerable Populations in the U.S.

    Margaret Black
    Abt Associates

    Stefani L. Penn
    Industrial Economics, Inc. (IEc)

    Lauren E. Gentile
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    Estimating the Benefits of Reduced Air Pollution During COVID-19 for Socially Vulnerable Populations in New York City.

    David Cooley
    Abt Associates

    11:15 a.m.—12:15 p.m.

    PANEL: USDA Forest Service’s Environmental Justice and Climate Change Related Topics.

    Elisabeth Grinspoon, Ph.D.
    Environmental Justice and Technology Transfer Specialist
    Office of Sustainability and Climate
    USDA Forest Service

    Dixie Porter
    Deputy Director
    Office of Sustainability and Climate (OSC)

    USDA Forest Service

    12:15 p.m.—12:30 p.m.

    BREAK

    12:30 p.m.—1:45 p.m.

    LUNCH

    Introduction of Luncheon Keynote Speaker

    Dr. Melinda Downing
    Environmental Justice Program Manager
    U.S. Department of Energy

    KEYNOTE REMARKS

    The Honorable David Turk
    Deputy Secretary
    United States Department of Energy
    Washington, D.C.

    1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    BREAK

    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    PRESENTATIONS:

    Approaches for Evaluating Environmental
    Justice Issues at the State Level

    Lisa McDonald, PhD
    Senior Associate
    Abt Associates

    Appliance Standards: The Best Climate Change Policy You’ve Never Heard Of

    Madeline Parker
    Outreach & Coalition-Building Associate
    Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP)

    3:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.

    PRESENTATIONS:

    Bridging America’s Outdoor Equity Gap

    Diane Regas
    President and CEO
    The Trust for Public Land

    In Defense of a Greenspace: Students Discover Agency in the Practice of Community-Engaged Technical Communication

    Bob Hyland
    Associate Professor
    University of Cincinnati

    DAY 2 – Thursday, March 10, 2022
    TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE WORKSHOPS AND TRAINING PROGRAMS

    Grand Ballroom Salon E

    10:00 a.m.–-11:00 a.m.

    What’s in My Neighborhood? How Communities Can Use EPA’s TRI Toxics Tracker to Identify Industrial Sources of Toxic Chemical Releases and Other Waste Management Activities.

    EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program provides a detailed, multimedia dataset covering annual releases and other waste management activities from over 20,000 facilities in the United States for hundreds of different toxic chemicals. EPA makes these data available to the public, which can help inform decision-making by government agencies, community groups, companies, and other stakeholders. This training workshop will provide users with a basic introduction to the TRI Program and what types of data and information are collected by the EPA, as well as a live demonstration of the online TRI Toxics Tracker tool. TRI Toxics Tracker can be used to answer a variety of questions all in one place, such as what toxic chemical releases are occurring in a particular community with EJ concerns and which facilities might be contributing to disproportionate releases potentially affecting nearby residents.

    T.J. Pepping
    Abt Associates

    11:15 a.m.—12:15 p.m.

    Pragmatic Approaches: Reaching Students in Areas with Limited Broadband to Access College Education

    Lack of broadband access is a limiting factor to academic advancement of a remarkable number of youths in rural areas in America and worldwide. It has been documented that in rural areas, nearly one-fourth of the population – 14.5 million people lack access to this service. In tribal areas, nearly one-third of the population lacks access. Even in areas where broadband is available, approximately 100 million Americans still do not subscribe (FCC 2022). Consequently, an outreach was conducted in a rural area (Marion) of South Carolina with ineffective or no access to broadband. Parents and their high schoolers were invited. During this event, we had on board from Allen University, officials from the admission office, financial aid office, the university counsellors, a faculty and one junior student from Allen University.

    Application forms were already printed out and handed over to high schoolers during this outreach. Seven high school students completed the application form on the spot. The financial aid officer succeeded in assisting one of these seven students to complete her FAFSA right on the spot using our personal hotspot internet access provided at the outreach site. Application forms were given to the high school students that attended with the promise to share with their friends. It is uber-important for colleges to make concerted efforts in reaching suburbs with limited broadband access. Such that youths in these areas will not be left behind. This workshop intends to shed more light on pragmatic approaches employed to forestall bottlenecks encountered during the outreach.

    Oluwole Ariyo, PhD
    Principal Investigator, Environmental Justice Institute
    Allen University

    2:00 p.m.—4 p.m.

    EJ & NEPA Workshop: Considering Cumulative Effects and EJ in the NEPA Process

    Increasingly, decisionmakers are recognizing the importance of looking at projects in the context of prior impacts and developments within the community or region. Direct effects continue to be most important to decisionmakers, in part because they are more certain. Nonetheless, the importance of other environmental stressors requires the need to address cumulative impacts on environmental justice (EJ) populations. The purpose of the workshop is to increase understanding of cumulative effects consideration of environmental justice (EJ) populations in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process. The specific focus is the importance of understanding cumulative effects are caused by the aggregate of past, present, and reasonably foreseeable future actions that, for many EJ populations, may last for many years beyond the life of the action that caused the effects. The goal is to provide an understanding of the principles of a cumulative effects analysis within Environmental Justice (EJ) communities.

    The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) published their Phase 1 revisions to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Regulations which focused on a narrow set of changes to the 2020 regulations that restores some of the regulatory provisions from the 1978 NEPA Regulations. One of the changes restores the definition of “effects,” including use of the terms “direct,” “indirect,” and “cumulative” and removed potential limitations on effects analysis.

    The NEPA Subcommittee of the White House Interagency Environmental Justice Council (WHEJAC) formally known as the Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (EJ IWG), produced the “Promising Practices for EJ Methodologies in NEPA Reviews” (Promising Practices Report) and address various methodologies for addressing effects within an EJ analysis and will be utilized in this session.

    The workshop is designed to address the changes in NEPA regulations, provide expectations for cumulative effects analysis and provide case study examples for cumulative effects.

    Denise C. Freeman
    Co-chair, NEPA Committee, WH EJ Interagency Council
    Senior Advisor/Communications Liaison
    Office of Legacy Management
    U.S. Department of Energy

    Jomar Maldonado
    Director for NEPA
    Council on Environmental Quality
    Executive Office of the President

    Carolyn L. Nelson, P.E.
    Co-chair, NEPA Committee, WH EJ Interagency Council
    Sr. Project Development/Environmental Specialist
    Office of Project Development and Environmental Review
    USDOT-Federal Highway Administration

    DAY 3 – Friday, March 11, 2022

    THIRD FULL DAY OF THE 2022 NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE AND TRAINING PROGRAM

    Washington Marriott at Metro Center
    Grand Ballroom Salons A-D
    775 12th Street, N.W.
    Washington, DC 20005

    8:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.

    Exhibit Hall Open

    Conference Facilitator
    Ms. Carolyn Sawyer
    Communications Strategist
    Tom Sawyer Company

    9:00 a.m.—10:00 a.m.

    PRESENTATION: THE EVOLVING PARK IDEA
    David Vassar and Sally Kaplan have spent a lifetime making films and video about the natural world, parks, and environmental issues. They will present and discuss three short film clips which illustrate the evolving mission of parks: the importance of equitable access, the growing need for urban parks and historic sites that represent diverse peoples, and the battle to preserve lands that remain sacred for Native Americans. Clips include an interview with Robert Garcia, founder of City Project.

    David Vassar
    Sally Kaplan
    Producers
    Backcountry Pictures

    10:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m.

    PANEL: Closing the Infrastructure Gap for Those in Need: Accessing Engineering Consulting Services for Infrastructure Provision in Underserved Areas of the US and its territories.

    Natalie Celmo
    Senior Program Engineer
    Community Engineering Corps employed by Engineers Without Borders USA

    Ellie Carley
    Senior Program Coordinator
    Community Engineering Corps employed by Engineers Without Borders USA

    11:00 a.m.—11:15 a.m.

    Break

    11:15 a.m.—12:15 p.m.

    PANEL: Resources, Tools, and Strategies to Promote Equitable Investments in Transportation Infrastructure.

    James Schroll
    Senior Analyst
    Abt Associates

    Nissa Tupper
    Transportation and Public Health Planner
    Minnesota Department of Transportation

    Benito Perez
    Policy Director
    Transportation for America

    Chris Forinash
    Principal
    Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates

    12:15 p.m.—12:45 p.m.

    BREAK

    12:45 p.m.—2:00 p.m.

    LUNCH

    Introduction of Luncheon Keynote Speaker
    Dr. Kim Lambert
    Environmental Justice Coordinator
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    KEYNOTE REMARKS

    Mike Martinez
    Deputy Assistant Secretary, Fish and Wildlife and Parks
    U.S. Department of the Interior

    2:00 p.m.—2:15 p.m.

    BREAK

    2:15 p.m.—3:30 p.m.

    PRESENTATIONS:

    USDA Forest Service Environmental Justice Mapping Program

    Mark D. O. Adams
    Senior GIS Specialist
    Office of Sustainability and Climate (OSC)
    USDA Forest Service

    Dixie Porter
    Deputy Director
    Office of Sustainability and Climate (OSC)
    USDA Forest Service
    Satellite Data for Environmental Justice: Advancing EJ Mapping Tools and Building a New Community of Practice

    Lauren Johnson
    The George Washington University Milken Institute
    School of Public Health

    3:30 p.m.—4:00 p.m.

    CLOSING REMARKS

    Dr. Melinda Downing
    Environmental Justice Program Manager
    U.S. Department of Energy

    Mr. Benjamin F. Wilson, Esq.
    Chairman, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
    Chairman, Board of Directors, National Environmental Justice Conference, Inc.

    Timothy Fields, Jr.
    Senior Vice President, MDB, Inc.
    Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors
    National Environmental Justice
    Conference, Inc.

    DAY 3 – Friday, March 11, 2022
    TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE WORKSHOPS AND TRAINING PROGRAMS

    Grand Ballroom Salon E

    9:30 a.m.—11:00 a.m.

    Federal Title VI and Environmental Justice

    This session will be a discussion with Federal civil rights offices engaged in Title VI enforcement and compliance work related to environmental and health programs receiving
    federal financial assistance.

    Title VI Committee
    Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice

    Daria Neal
    Deputy Chief, Federal Coordination & Compliance Section
    Civil Rights Division
    U.S. Department of Justice

    Lilian Dorka
    Director, External Civil Rights and Compliance Office
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    Carla Carter
    Associate Deputy Director, Civil Rights Division in the Office for Civil Rights
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    Amy Vance
    Title VI Coordinator, Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    Yvette Rivera
    Associate Director for Equity and Access Division
    Departmental Office of Civil Rights
    U.S. Department of Transportation

    Jacy Gaige
    FHEO Director of Compliance and Disability Rights
    U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

    11:30 a.m.—12:45 p.m.

    USDA Forest Service Conservation Education Strategy: Advancing Equity
    and Justice for All

    The USDA Forest Service Conservation Education Program is developing a new Conservation Education Strategy to provide clear, agency-wide program direction, unifying how the Forest Service communicates the value and interdependence of Conservation Education while empowering delivery of programs that uplift our communities and partners. We aim to achieve a comprehensive strategy that advances equity and environmental justice for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent inequality. This session will engage participants in innovative thinking around the Forest Service’s new Conservation Education Strategy. We will review the draft strategy and engage in a small group discussions focused on how the FS and partners/communities can effectively collaborate in the advancement of equity and inclusion in Conservation Education programming.

    John Crockett
    Associate Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry
    USDA Forest Service

    Tinelle Bustam
    National Director
    USDA Forest Service Conservation Education

    Rachel Bayer
    Environmental Education Specialist
    USDA Forest Service Conservation Education

    Elaine Jackson-Retondo
    Program Manager
    Regional Preservation Partnership and History
    Department of The Interior Park Service

    Amtchat Edwards
    Education Specialist
    USDA Forest Service Conservation Education

    2:30 p.m.—3:30 p.m.

    Incorporating Cumulative Risk into Tribal Risk Assessments

    Tribal Nations are disproportionately affected by environmental issues, including contamination and climate impacts. Further, Tribes are a uniquely vulnerable population in the US, as Federal agencies have a Trust responsibility to Tribes, stemming from historical treaties, requiring government to government consultation, and the respecting of treaty rights (e.g., the right to hunt/fish/gather in usual and accustomed places). Tribal communities may be at greater risk of exposure to contamination than the general population because of dependence on the environment for sustenance (hunting, gathering, fishing); fixed boundaries of reservations (compounding the effects of shifting biological populations); and confounding equity issues (such as social and health inequities). For these reasons, risk assessments that do not consider the cumulative impacts of both contaminant and non-contaminant stressors will fail to fully characterize health risk to Tribal Nations.

    The purpose of this workshop is to share examples, ideas, and considerations for incorporating cumulative risk into Tribal risk assessments. Through the presentation of case studies and facilitated discussions, the goal of this workshop is to provide a broader understanding of Tribal risk assessment and to stimulate discussion and engagement on this topic.

    Beth Riess
    Associate
    Abt Associates

    Michelle Krasnec, PhD
    Senior Scientist
    Abt Associates

     

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