Community Driven Environmental Collaborative Problem Solving

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Presenter Bio:

Representative Harold Mitchell, Jr. is a respected leader with a long record of achievements in affordable housing, environmental justice, community revitalization, and public policy. His work in environmental justice organizing began in 1997 when he started a grassroots movement to clean up and fully remediate the two Superfund sites and four brownfield sites surrounding his family home. Rep. Mitchell founded ReGenesis in 1998 and served as the Executive Director of this non-profit organization until 2012. Rep. Mitchell has served as the District 31 Representative in the SC House since 2005. He introduced and passed the first environmental justice law in South Carolina (2007), which used federal funding to replicate the ReGenesis model for environmental remediation with grassroots community involvement in four additional regions statewide.

Shelley Fudge - Ms. Fudge leads the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Community Engagement Initiative in the Office of Environmental Information/Environmental Analysis Division. During her 24 years of experience with the US EPA, she has worked on a variety of environmental protection issues, including environmental justice, aquatic habitat protection, climate change/energy efficiency, Clean Water Act standards for impaired waters, concentrated animal feeding operations, and underground storage tanks. She has worked for three federal agencies, as well as for the City of Philadelphia, and as an elementary and high school teacher. In addition, she has over 30 years of experience in volunteer community grassroots organizing.

Webinar Description

This webinar emphasized key factors that led to the successful collaboration between community residents, industry and government in Spartanburg, SC and what it took to bring various stakeholders together and build necessary bridges to achieve objectives, and lessons learned that could help other communities to build bridges with local industry and local/state/federal government elected officials and agencies to reduce pollution and revitalize their communities. EPA added how TRI Can Assist Community-Driven Revitalization Efforts with an emphasis on the benefits of using TRI data to help communities identify industrial toxic releases, pollution prevention activities, and how to prioritize efforts to reduce pollution, and how TRI can help play a role in environmental collaborative problem solving initiatives like the one in Spartanburg.

Webinar Presentations (pdf)

Harold Mitchell TRI Webinar

TRI Collabrative Problem Solving Shelley Revised

TRI Webinar - Toxics Release Inventory Data for Health Professionals

Date: Wednesday, Thursday, October 22, 2015
Time: 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm eastern

Presenter Bio:

Kara Koehrn works for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington DC. While pursuing her interests in public health and the environment, she earned a BS in Biology at Davidson College and a Masters in environmental health and toxicology at Duke University.

Jocelyn Hospital has been with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency since 2013 as the toxicologist for the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program. Jocelyn has a Master of Science in Environmental Health from the Harvard School of Public Health with a concentration in Exposure, Epidemiology, and Risk. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Virginia.

Webinar Description

Learn about the basics of the TRI Program, and walk through a case study with EPA staff that will demonstrate how the EJSCREEN mapping tool can help answer questions health professionals may receive. EJSCREEN includes TRI chemical release data and information about what health impacts are associated with TRI chemicals. It also provides other EPA data that might be of use to health professionals.

Below are links to additional webinar resources:


Webinar Presentations (pdf)

Introduction to EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory for the Health Professionals

TRI Webinar Series hosted by Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DU/DSCEJ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


Navigating the Toxics Release Inventory Website and Understanding Your Right to Know

Join Dillard University's Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and EPA's TRI Program on June 23 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. EDT to learn about the basic organization of the TRI website, including where to find out about:

  • key aspects of the TRI Program and why TRI is important to you
  • basic TRI data for a particular geographic area
  • information on risk
  • resources specifically designed for communities
  • what actions you can take related to TRI data and toxic chemicals
  • how to ask questions and submit comments to the TRI Program

It's your right to know about toxic chemicals being used and released into your environment, and for more than 25 years, EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) has been the source for this critical information.

The TRI website at gives you access to data on toxic releases and pollution prevention activities at industrial facilities, and offers numerous resources for using and understanding this information.

Staff from the TRI Program's Outreach Team will be on hand to answer your questions and listen to your feedback about the website.

To register, CLICK HERE

TRI Webinar - Adult Asthma and Toxic Air Releases in the St. Louis Metro Region

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm central

Presenter Bio:

Rebecca Gernes received her Masters in Public Health and Social Work (MPH/MSW) from Washington University in St. Louis where she completed the TRI University Challenge for her culminating project. She is currently a fellow with the Association of Schools and Programs for Public Health (ASPPH), working at the US EPA research lab in Cincinnati, OH.

Webinar Description

Please join the Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency EPA) for the next Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program webinar on March 4, 2015. This webinar will demonstrate the strength of association between toxic point sources reported to TRI and asthma hospitalization outcomes at the ZIP code level, and will examine toxic air releases alongside socio-demographic and asthma indicators to identify disparities in exposure to air pollution and asthma outcomes.

Below are links to additional webinar resources:


Webinar Video


Webinar Presentations (pdf)

Adult Asthma and Toxic Air Releases in the St. Louis Metropolitan Regionin the St. Louis Metropolitan Region

TRI Webinar Series hosted by Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DU/DSCEJ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


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