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Although experiencing the 2013 U.S. EPA Community Involvement Training Conference in person is a truly invaluable experience, select sessions will also be offered online at no charge!

We encourage you to register early for online streaming in order to gain access to session materials and participate in online dialogue in advance of your streamed session(s).

Registering here for online sessions will not allow you to physically attend the training conference in Boston. If you wish to physically attend the conference, you should register here. Exit EPA Disclaimer However, you may register for streamed sessions online in addition to physically attending the training conference.

Ready to Register for Online Streaming?

Please click the link below to register on the Trainex site for sessions that will be streamed online at the training conference.

https://www.trainex.org/ciconference/streaming/registration/ Exit EPA Disclaimer

Please note that this registration process reserves you a spot for your selected session(s) that will be streamed online. Specific instructions for how to participate in your selected session(s) will be sent out in mid-July.

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What Sessions Will Be Streamed Online?

Please note that all of the times listed below are in Eastern Standard Time. Interactive Links will not be live until the day of the conference.

Opening Plenary | Tuesday, July 30 at 8:00 AM (One hour and 45 minutes)
Presenter: Jeanne DuBois, Executive Director of Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation
Interactive Link: http://epacitc2013.sites.usa.gov/opening-plenary/ Exit EPA Disclaimer

The highlight of this session will be a keynote presentation by Jeanne DuBois, the Executive Director of Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation.

Working Effectively with Locally Elected Officials | Tuesday, July 30 at 10:00 AM
Presenters: Frances Eargle, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations, and Doug Gutro, Region 1, US EPA
Topic Area: Facilitating Effective Collaboration
Level: Intermediate
Interactive Link: http://epacitc2013.sites.usa.gov/working-effectively-with-locally-elected-officials/ Exit EPA Disclaimer

A clear understanding of what local governments do and how they work is an important first step in making valuable links between the community and its local government. A stronger understanding between local government and community groups will help develop partnerships to build healthy and environmentally safe communities. This workshop will explore ways to build a process that works toward building a common goal: to strengthen the social, environmental and economic well-being of a community.

This 90-minute presentation will provide practical guidance and training on the public engagement process with locally elected officials. Participants will learn the importance of including elected officials in the loop, using their networks as a facilitative outreach for engaging communities throughout the process, and maintaining a continued informational loop. The participants will hear from locally elected officials and engage them in dialogue on how best to work with a fact pattern to simulate different perspectives and learning styles. Local officials will provide stories and tools to assist the participants in analyzing and formulating the best strategies to use in each situation. Participants in the program will help design outreach strategies for working with locally elected officials. This workshop also will utilize case studies that will illustrate the learning points and help participants to more thoroughly grasp concepts.

Koppers: What Would You Do? - Chaos to Communication | Tuesday, July 30 at 12:45 PM
Presenters: Latonya Spencer and Scott Miller, Region 4, US EPA
Topic Area: Communication and Collaboration through Technology
Level: All levels
Interactive Link: http://epacitc2013.sites.usa.gov/koppers/ Exit EPA Disclaimer

This session, using a little humor along the way, presents a case study of EPA's community involvement efforts at the Koppers Superfund Site. The presenters will show YouTube videos produced by the community to describe various aspects of Superfund and their message(s) and communication to us; discuss how we responded to the variety of efforts they used to communicate (good and bad) with us; describe what we did to recover trust and communication with the community, local officials, Potentially Responsible Party (PRP); and present lessons learned.

Outreach and Environmental Justice Tactics for Connecting with Hispanic Communities | Wednesday, July 31 at 8:00 AM
Presenters: Jose Redmond Giron and Jonathan Essoka, Region 3, US EPA
Topic Area: Communication and Collaboration through Technology; Cultural Diversity, Cultural Competency, and Environmental Justice; Non-traditional Community Involvement Strategies; and Facilitating Effective Collaboration
Level: All levels
Interactive Link: http://epacitc2013.sites.usa.gov/outreach-and-ej/ Exit EPA Disclaimer

Teaching Our Future: Participants will be inspired by this 2-year outreach project launched by EPA Region 3. Through non-traditional, non-regulatory approaches, this EPA team sought to teach elementary students in North Philadelphia the language of science. The school ranges from kindergarten to 4th grade and enrolls an average of about 290 children, 94% of whom are Hispanic. Through hands on mentoring and guidance, the R3 team helped to set up a school recycling program, construct an on-site urban garden, hold conferences in support of the science curriculum, present scientific disciplines to the children as career options, introduce them to EPA (who we are and what we do) and present the children with multi-ethnic role models. In the second part of this presentation, participants will engage in a dialogue with the presenters to explore innovative approaches to engaging redevelopment stakeholders in understanding and adopting successful outreach, specifically focused on Environmental Justice (EJ) issues. The current climate necessitates that the land redevelopment community, consisting of academic, developer, financial and local government representatives, actively involve residents whose neighborhoods are targeted for redevelopment, in the planning and decision-making process. Discussion will center on how outreach and EJ principles can be applied to Lehigh Valley, an ethnically diverse region with a large Hispanic population whose ability to successfully do outreach is saddled by reoccurring issues due to language barriers, lack of trust, and cultural differences. The presentation also will touch on methods to encourage community members to participate in planning processes by creating authentic bonds, valuing local knowledge, and shaping projects that clearly demonstrate value to residents.

Promoting Community Involvement with Little to No Outreach Budget! | Wednesday, July 31 at 9:45 AM
Presenters: Karen Edwards, Water Security Division, U.S. EPA; and Matthew Everett, CSC
Topic Area: Communication and Collaboration through Technology; Non-traditional Community Involvement Strategies; and Facilitating Effective Collaboration
Level: All levels
Interactive Link: http://epacitc2013.sites.usa.gov/promoting-ci/ Exit EPA Disclaimer

Budgets are tight and everyone needs low- or no-cost methods to engage communities and encourage involvement in voluntary programs. EPA's Water Security Division is blazing ahead on the multimedia front by using a variety of innnovative no-cost and low-cost strategies to reach stakeholders and engage partners. Whether you're promoting water resiliency, environmental protection, or any other community-based program; this workshop is for you!

Learn the difference between blogs, Tweets, Facebook status updates, and other communication platforms — and how to use them to promote your efforts. Find out who is using what types of technology and what it is that appeals to different demographics about each. See some of the many ways the Water Security Division is successfully reaching drinking water and wastewater utilities, and the communities they serve, to promote water preparedness and climate resilience; including: Tweets about the Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool; a YouTube video about Community-Based Water Resiliency; and blogs promoting water preparedness and resiliency during Severe Storm and Hurricane Preparedness Weeks. We will also share information on an internal multimedia outreach guide that can be used as a model for others who want to use a range of multimedia tools.

Register for this exciting training session to hear and see how we capitalize on these innovative new tools to reach our audience and learn how you can promote your programs on a shoe-string budget, too!

Closing Plenary | Thursday, August 1 at 8:00 AM
Presenter: Dr. Julian Agyeman, Chair of the Tufts Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Interactive Link: http://epacitc2013.sites.usa.gov/closing-plenary/ Exit EPA Disclaimer

The highlight of the session is a keynote presentation by Dr. Julian Agyeman, Chair of the Tufts Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. His discussion is titled "Just Sustainabilities: Re-Imagining Equality, Living Within Limits."

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If you have any questions about your registration, please feel free to contact Catherine Sims (ciconference@emsus.com or 301-589-5318). Any other questions about the streamed sessions may be directed to Laura Knudsen (knudsen.laura@epa.gov or 703-603-8861).

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New Interactive Training Conference Website

Check out the new interactive 2013 EPA Community Involvement Training Conference website! Exit EPA Disclaimer You may use this site to do the following:

  • Find out what's happening live now, or go to the interactive schedule to learn more about what's planned throughout the conference.
  • Connect to discussion forums on each of the session topics.
  • Network with other professionals who implement community involvement on environmental issues across the country.

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