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  • ATSDR Brownfield/Land Reuse Initiative. ATSDR Action Model The ATSDR Brownfields /Land Revitalization Action Model helps the diverse members of the development community officials, developers, community supporters, and residents, find ways to make health part of the renewal process. Communities can use the action model to identify common goals to incorporate these goals in strategic planning. PDF Version ( 2 pp, 56K, About PDF)
  • Climate Showcase Community Grants Climate Showcase Communities is a competitive grant program to help local and tribal governments establish and implement climate change initiatives. The overall goal of the Climate Showcase Communities grant program is to create replicable models of sustainable community action that generate cost-effective and persistent greenhouse gas reductions while improving the environmental, economic, public health, or social conditions in a community.
  • Community Advisory Group (CAG) A Superfund Community Advisory Group (CAG) is made up of members of the community and is designed to serve as the focal point for the exchange of information among the local community and EPA, the State regulatory agency, and other pertinent Federal agencies involved in cleanup of the Superfund site.
  • Community Involvement Toolkit EPA's Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (OSRTI) prepared the Superfund Community Involvement Toolkit ("CI toolkit") to provide Superfund Regional site teams, community involvement staff, and others with a practical easy-to-use aid for designing and enhancing community involvement activities. The CI toolkit helps users avoid some of the pitfalls common to the community involvement process. It enables them to quickly review and adapt a variety of community involvement tools to engage the community during all stages of the Superfund removal and remedial processes.
  • Community Matters: Information for Communities The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Web pages for communities allows you to find information about the agency 24 hours a day. ATSDR is a federal public health agency in Atlanta, Georgia. The agency's mission is to prevent harm to human health and diminished quality of life from exposure to hazardous substances found at waste sites, in unplanned releases, and in other sources of pollution present in the environment. ATSDR identifies communities where people might be exposed to hazardous substances in the environment
  • Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model This comprehensive methodology describes a community-based, multi-agency, and multi-stakeholder collaborative process geared to the unique challenges of communities and tribes confronting environmental justice issues. It serves as a platform for effective strategic planning, partnership building, and leveraging of resources (human, organizational, technical, and financial).
  • Evaluation of Community-Based Environmental Protection Projects: Accomplishments and Lessons Learned (PDF) (74 pp, 864K, About PDF) This report is an evaluation of five community-based projects in which EPA Regions participated, either as project leader or in a supporting role. The objective was to identify advantages and disadvantages of the community-based approach in these projects; to identify benefits that would not have realized under traditional environmental management programs; and to identify ways EPA can tailor its participation and support of community initiatives to help produce the best results. Keywords: community relations, outreach/communication, getting organized, environmental assessment, environmental impacts
  • Green Communities: Where Are We Now? How to Get Started The Green Communities is a comprehensive guide and toolkit that walks communities through the process of assessing their environment, identifying environmental trends, creating a vision of what they want to be, developing a plan of action to get them there, and implementing that plan. This section discusses how to get the right mix of stakeholders involved, and identifies tools and resources for stakeholder involvement.
  • Guide for Industrial Waste Management It is a best practices Guide for managing nonhazardous industrial wastes, and has a section on community relations. The Guide and its tools may be downloaded from our web site. In addition we have a CD-ROM that could be mailed. The Guide is a cradle to grave type of approach that covers all aspects of waste management. Anyone in need of guidance/information on waste disposal issues would certainly gain benefit from this Guide. Target audiences would be government officials working on environmental waste issues, various environmental and citizen groups, industrial facilities and educational institutions with environmental studies programs or engineering programs with some type of environmental concentration. The Guide encourages pollution prevention and effective communications, and it provides useful information on waste management topics such as siting, designing, operating, monitoring, taking corrective action, and closing industrial waste management units. Along with the actual Guide, the CD-ROM offers: Interactive audiovisual tutorials for each section of the Guide, Fact sheets, from the Agency of Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to help readers better understand why specific chemicals may be of concern, An internet-based mapping application to help identify the existence of potentially adverse site conditions, such as the presence of wetlands, flood plains, and seismic instability, as well as demographic information. This innovative application will be of significant utility not only for industrial waste management sites, but also for siting of other types of facilities. The Industrial Waste Management Evaluation Model (IWEM), designed to provide guidance on appropriate landfill, waste pile, surface impoundment and land application system design, The Industrial Waste Air Model (IWAIR), designed to help determine adverse risks from air emissions from industrial waste units, and A comprehensive collection of references and resources targeted to help the user improve upon his/her understanding of pollution prevention opportunities, and technologies and tools available to address industrial waste management issues.
  • Local Climate and Energy Program Link to the index page of web content provided EPAs Local Climate and Energy Program. The Local Climate and Energy Program helps local governments meet sustainability goals with cost-effective climate change and clean energy strategies.
  • National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures We all expect to be kept safe from harmful chemical exposures. As part of their mission to protect public health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) are supporting the National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures. The goal is to develop an action agenda clear, achievable recommendations that can help government agencies and other organizations strengthen their efforts to protect the public from harmful chemical exposures. CDC and ATSDR are engaging a broad range of groups and individuals, government agencies, professional organizations, tribal groups, community and nonprofit organizations, health professionals, business and industry leaders, and members of the public to develop the action agenda.
  • Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE EH) One of the principal goals of a community environmental health assessment (CEHA) process is to improve the health status of a community and thereby to achieve CDCs Healthy Communities Goal: Increase the number of communities that protect, and promote health and safety and prevent illness and injury in all their members.
  • Recycling Measurement This website provides information and links to help state and local government officials learn more about the standard methodology for measuring recycling rates
  • Regional Public Liaisons The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Regional Public Liaison (RPL) program in 2003 to assist citizens and other stakeholders in resolving issues related to its hazardous and solid waste, and emergency response programs.
  • Regional Superfund Community Involvement Contacts. This web page includes the toll free numbers for each of EPA's ten regional offices. The toll free numbers generally only work from the states in the specific region. When you call the toll free number you should ask to speak to someone in the Superfund community involvement program. Where regions have set up a web site for community involvement, that web address is also provided.
  • Social Aspects of Siting Hazardous Waste Facilities (PDF) (16 pp, 7.19MB, About PDF) This booklet has been developed for industries and for government agencies that interact with communities when hazardous waste facilities are sited. It offers examples of quality of life concerns raised by environmental justice communities when facilities are sited. It provides experiences and creative mechanisms that have been developed in order to work effectively with communities, as well as encourage businesses and government agencies to address community concerns early, collaboratively, and compassionately.
  • Tribal Communities Climate and Energy Information The Tribal Communities Climate and Energy Information page is a resource for tribal communities interested in implementing climate change mitigation and energy management projects that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, spur economic development and reduce the impacts of climate change on economic and cultural sustainability.

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