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EPA and National Park Service to Host Community Dialogue about Environmental Justice at Clark Atlanta University

Release Date: 08/12/2011
Contact Information: Davina Marraccini, (404) 562-8293, marraccini.davina@epa.gov

(Atlanta, Ga. – Aug. 12, 2011) – On Wednesday, Aug. 17, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4, in conjunction with the U.S. National Park Service (NPS), will host a meeting at Clark Atlanta University for students and community members to discuss environmental justice (EJ) concerns with representatives of numerous federal agencies. The meeting follows-up on the commitment the federal government made last year when EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson reconvened the EJ Interagency Working Group for the first time in more than a decade to combat pollution in overburdened communities.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for students, academia, grassroots community organizations, business/industry representatives and other interested parties to discuss best practices and model programs for the federal government to meet its responsibilities and work effectively with communities facing environmental and health hazards. The meeting will have a youth focus and will be conducted in a “World Café” style, where small group conversations are designed to actively engage participants, foster collaborative dialogue and create constructive possibilities for action.

WHO: Representatives from EPA, NPS, and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Energy, Transportation and Labor

WHAT: Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice Stakeholder Meeting; Student and Community Dialogue

WHEN: Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 3 – 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 2:30 p.m.)

WHERE: Clark-Atlanta University, Thomas W. Cole Research & Science Bldg

      223 James P. Brawley Dr. SW, 2nd Floor - Exhibition Hall
      Atlanta, GA
          Parking at both the Morehouse (Lee St.) and Clark Atlanta (Fair St.) lots is $3.
RSVP: Space is limited. Please confirm your participation by e-mailing smith.karen@epa.gov

The role of the EJ Interagency Working Group is to guide, support and enhance federal EJ and community-based activities. By coordinating the expertise and resources of federal government agencies, the working group will identify projects where federal collaboration can support the development of healthy and sustainable communities. The working group will also seek opportunities to provide green job training and promote a clean energy economy. EPA serves as the lead for EJ issues in the federal government.

More information on the EJ Interagency Working Group: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/interagency/index.html