Solid Waste and Emergency Response
Action 8 – Broaden Awareness and Support for the Community Action for a Renewed Environment Program Principles in OSWER Programs
EPA established the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program to help communities form collaborative partnerships, develop an understanding of the many local sources of toxic pollutants and environmental risks, set priorities, and identify and carry out projects to reduce risks through collaborative action at the local level. OSWER programs should collaborate with CARE projects to leverage technical assistance, and model CARE approaches where appropriate to:
- Incorporate CARE into OSWER and Regional program community engagement efforts where appropriate.
- Identify communities participating in OSWER programs that also received CARE grants.
- Communicate CARE results with OSWER programs that demonstrate environmental and human health benefits.
- Share CARE best practices with communities participating in OSWER programs.
- Incorporate the CARE concept of using broad-based local partnerships into the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program; ensuring applicants include support from residential neighborhoods, neighborhood associations, religious groups, or other grass roots organizations living in the neighborhood.
- Explore opportunities to make CARE communities aware of Brownfields Assessment funding and Job Training opportunities, ensuring long range collaboration between CARE communities and local Brownfields planning efforts.