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East Meets West: South Korean Delegation to Visit Spartanburg, SC to Learn About Collaborative Environmental Efforts

Release Date: 10/17/2008
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421, harris-young.dawn@epa.gov

(ATLANTA – Oct. 17, 2008) On Monday, Oct. 20, 2008, a delegation from South Korea will visit Spartanburg, S.C., to learn about the accomplishments of the ReGenesis Revitalization Project. The delegation’s visit is being coordinated by the Korean Institute of Social Conflict, which is touring the U.S. to learn about successful collaborative environmental efforts.

The delegation, made up mostly of Korean journalists, will learn about the use of the collaborative problem solving and conflict resolution processes in Spartanburg and how those models can be applied to address environmental challenges in South Korea.

What: South Korean Delegation Visit to Spartanburg, S.C.

Who: Honorable Harold Mitchell, South Carolina State Representative and Executive Director, ReGenesis, Inc.; Spartanburg Mayor Bill Barnet; Marla Hendriksson, Associate Director for Communications and Outreach, EPA Office of Environmental Justice; Cynthia Peurifoy, EPA Region 4 Environmental Justice Program Manager; Daphne Neel, Land Bureau Chief, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control; representatives from the Korean Institute of Social Conflict; Korean journalists; and officers of the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

When: Monday, Oct. 20, 2008 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Marriott at Renaissance Park

      Heritage F Conference Room
      299 North Church Street
      Spartanburg, S.C.

Through the ReGenesis Revitalization Project, the Arkwright and Forest Park neighborhoods in Spartanburg have overcome tremendous obstacles, such as cleaning up contaminated sites, securing health care, and working with an existing chemical manufacturing facility to ensure the community’s safety and provide job opportunities.

More information about the environmental justice problem-solving model at work in Spartanburg can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/publications/ej/ejcps-dvd.html