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EPA to Hold Citizen Science Workshops in New York and New Jersey; June 19 in New York City and June 20 in Edison, New Jersey

Release Date: 06/12/2012
Contact Information: John Martin (212) 637- 3662, martin.johnj@epa.gov

(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be holding day-long workshops on June 19, 2012 in New York City and on June 20, 2012 in Edison, New Jersey to share information about ways in which people can get involved in collecting scientific data in their communities. The workshops will bring together representatives from federal, state and local government agencies, as well as experts from academia and community-based groups, to help educate the growing corps of “citizen scientists.” Citizen science is a form of research that enlists the public in collecting a wide range of environmental data to expand scientific knowledge and literacy.

“Citizen science is an important, growing field that can provide invaluable insight into pollution problems in local communities,” said Judith A. Enck, EPA Regional Administrator. "Residents are the eyes and ears of their communities. By supporting citizen scientists, the EPA is expanding its own scientific base and building collaborations with communities that are working to reduce air and water pollution.”

Topics covered in the workshops include:

  • Starting a citizen science program
  • Funding sources
  • Community and government/academic partnerships
  • Success stories
  • Data interpretation and use
  • Monitoring technologies and a demonstration of current and emerging tools

The workshops will provide an opportunity for interaction and information sharing among participants and a highly diverse group of speakers. Space is limited and participants MUST register by June 17.

The workshop in New York City will be held at the EPA offices at 290 Broadway in Lower Manhattan. To register for citizen science workshops in New York City on June 19, visit: http://r2citizensciencenyc.eventbrite.com

The workshop in New Jersey will be held at EPA’s laboratory and offices in Edison, New Jersey. To register for citizen science workshops in Edison, New Jersey on June 20, visit: http://r2citizensciencenj.eventbrite.com

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