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Where Are We Now? - Frequent Questions

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Step 1
Community Assessment
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Q: How can I get paper copies of this Kit to distribute to others in my community?

A: You can't. It's only on the Internet. One of the reasons the Kit is so helpful is that it links to over 1,000 other web sites. This important aspect would be lost in a paper version. We can, however, provide a brochure and/or a CD-ROM of the site. Please contact us.

Q: Can EPA help us by providing money to hire a consultant or money to implement changes?

A: Although the Green Communities Program does not provide grants, we have included information on financial resources, such as public and private grant programs, at: http://www.epa.gov/greenkit/finance.htm. Also, local businesses and agencies may be willing to donate money or provide services at a reduced cost or at no cost. Plus, community members may have talents you could use, for instance in graphic design, in writing, in accounting, in marketing, in earth sciences, etc.

Q: What boundary should I use for my community?

A: A community can be a neighborhood, an entire municipality, a watershed, or some other geographical area with something in common. It's up to you.

Q: What is the best method to present our community assessment?

A: A picture is worth a thousand words. Use visuals (maps, charts, etc.) along with text. Include a summary up front for those who don't have time to read the entire report. Try to avoid technical terms that might not be understood by most community members.

Q: How do we keep people involved and interested in this process?

A: Communicate often and well. Build in opportunities for successes and celebrate those successes throughout the process.

Q: Do we need to look at all of the areas suggested when preparing an assessment of our community?

A: Each community is unique and will have different issues and concerns that are most important. While you may choose to select only those areas which you believe are most appropriate for you, we encourage you to look broadly at your community. Many issues are interrelated, though at first glance they may not seem to be. Note that to become designated as an EPA Participating Green Community we require that communities take this broad-based holistic approach.

Q: How can I get in touch with my local/county/regional government agencies and organizations not referenced in the Green Communities Kit?

A: Look in your phone book under government listings. Start with the planning department and go from there. Also call local environmental organizations. And, your local librarian should be able to point you in the right direction.

Q: How often is the Green Communities Assistance Kit updated?

A: The Kit is updated on an as needed basis.

Q: How do I get my agency's/organization's web site listed in the Green Communities listing of available sources?

A: If you feel that your agency/organization can provide information that would be helpful to persons performing community self-assessments, please contact Francesca Di Cosmo via E-Mail at: dicosmo.francesca@epa.gov; or by telephone at 215-814-5549; or by fax at 215-814-2901.

Q: Is there a specific person or persons at EPA Region III that I can contact regarding the Green Communities project.

A: You can contact Francesca Di Cosmo via E-Mail at: dicosmo.francesca@epa.gov; or by telephone at 215-814-5549; or by fax at 215-814-2901.

Q: I live in another EPA Region. Is the Green Communities Program limited to EPA Region III?

A: Green Communities is a program that can help communities across the country.

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