Community Outreach Workshops

Pollution Prevention 101 Workshop
outreachworkshops This interactive workshop covers the gamut of pollution prevention information, techniques, and strategies that empower communities to influence decisions affecting the emission of toxic chemicals. It reviews actual case studies of communities successfully utilizing strategies that reduce pollution sources. Training includes:
  • Using Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) for pollution prevention
  • Understanding environmental terminology (ie. Superfund, RCRA, The Clean Air Act, NPDES, TOSCA, etc.)
  • Understanding the permitting process, permit intervention, and permit watching
  • Developing Good Neighbor Agreements
  • Incorporation as a pollution prevention strategy
Computer Ready Workshop
This workshop focuses on the use of computers and how to access environmental databases such as the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) and the Community Right-to-Know (RTK-NET). Participants receive basic computer instruction on producing flyers, letters, and bulletins for information sharing within the community and professional letters to industry and agencies. They also learn what information is available by computer to assist them in pollution prevention.


Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Workshop
This workshop introduces community residents to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) via Arc View and the PC. GIS uses a visualization tool, issued to produce maps and identify multiple exposure sources and multiple pollutants, as well as, socio-demographic variables for the communities. Workshop participants receive basic information on the background, development, and use of Geographical Information System (GIS). They also receive hands-on experience on how to use the system on the computer. Community residents in attendance are able to access and view information on their communities.


Leadership Development Workshop
This workshop is developed to strengthen the ability of community leaders to effectively participate in decisions affecting the emission of toxic chemicals. This workshop assists community leaders in the art and skill of leading, inspiring, managing and most importantly, supporting others, as part of the process of working to achieve goals and objectives formed to rid their community of various forms of environmental contamination. Participants are also trained to use techniques and procedures to influence environmental decisions made by federal, state, and local entities.


Information is Power Workshop
This workshop will assist community residents in locating information on the environment, hazardous substances, and occupation safety and health. During this workshop the participants will be provided with an ever-expanding set of online database resources through the National Library of Medicine Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program.


Understanding the Permitting Process
This workshop will facilitate communication with local and federal agencies. The topics include an understanding of the permitting process and who is responsible for the process. Participants will also learn at what point the public should be involved and when and how the public should respond.


Relocation Process
This workshop focuses on the understanding of how the relocation process works. The participants will also be able to view real problems by using the Uniform Relocation Assistance Act as a Superfund Relocation Policy and the problems with the United States Army Corp of Engineer Implementation of the Relocation Program. A discussion will be held on issues concerning Equity and Fairness.


Community Empowerment: Legal Tools
This workshop first instructs community residents in choosing an attorney. The topics include the Environmental Justice Executive Order, Understanding Title IV, and Title VI. Nuisance lawsuits and community options will also be discussed.


Who's Protecting You
This workshop is designed to formally introduce local, state, and federal environmental agencies to community residents. Participants will learn the primary responsibilities of each agency as it relates to their environmental concerns. Procedural steps required in due process action is also reviewed. This workshop will prepare residents to be better informed when interacting with environmental agencies.


This workshop is developed to strengthen the ability of citizens groups in the Mississippi River Corridor to participate effectively in decisions affecting the emission of toxic chemicals. The residents meet and interact with local, state, and federal representatives during this workshop. Residents become familiar with the overall mission of local, state, and federal agencies responsible for environmental protection.


Lead Education
This workshop is developed to educate community residents in lead prevention and lead hazardous awareness. The focus is on presentation techniques and outreach plan development and implementation. A media campaign is also a part of the lead education package to instruct residents on how to reach the mass majority.


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