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Thank you for joining us for Beyond Translation Forum 2013!
“Taking Back Our Place by Greening Our Space”

Special thanks to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University – Urban Sustainability Forum Steering Committee for helping to coordinate a successful event.

If you were unable to join us or want to reflect on issues discussed by our many excellent presenters, materials from the forum are below. We look forward to seeing you at future events!

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, available as a free download, to view some of the files on this page. See EPA's PDF page to learn more about PDF, and for a link to the free Acrobat Reader.

Session A - Green Space is Safe Space

Session B - Beautifying Our Communities, Preserving Our Culture
Evening Panel - Transforming Environments to Engage Our Communities


The Region 3 Beyond Translation initiative began in 2009 as a replica of the Beyond Translation Initiative spearheaded by EPA-Region 6 back in 2006. Originally conceived as a Hispanic outreach activity, the initiative has been expanded to reach out to other multilingual communities.  The initiative supports former Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s priority of expanding the conversation on environmentalism particularly with those communities that traditionally have not been engaged in our work and activities. Our goal is to continue the dialogue beyond the one day forum so that together we can collaborate to resolve environmental challenges.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizes the growing diversity of our nation and is working to engage more communities in environmental leadership and awareness of issues affecting them.  The goals of the Beyond Translation Initiative are to:


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The Beyond Translation Forum

The Beyond Translation Forum is an annual event which seeks to further engage local Hispanic and Asian communities in a meaningful dialogue on the environmental issues that they may be facing. Each topic is based on the needs of each individual community, which is then translated into interactive workshops between the community and other participants in the initiative. The forum then becomes the foundation of the network that is being developed through this process, with the plan for that network to expand and enhance the economic and environmental quality of the communities.

In previous years, the Beyond Translation Forum has covered topics on environmental heath, economic opportunities, and small business assistance.

2011 “Healthy Communities through a Healthy Environment”

Afternoon workshops covered:



Other activities/events

-Women’s Career Day at McCall Elementary
-Earth Day Festival at the Academy of Natural Sciences
-Eco-Healthy Futures for Childcare Centers workshop
-Age Friendly Parks Focus Group at Juniata Senior Center
-EPA Community Involvement Training Conference

                Grant Opportunities: www.epa.gov/region03/grants/index.htm

The resources on the link above will navigate you to grant applications from a variety of different EPA funded programs.

Chesapeake Bay Program Grant- supports the Chesapeake Executive Council through coordination of federal, state, and local efforts to restore and protect living resources and water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and watershed.

For More Information

Norman Rodriguez, rodriguez.norman@epa.gov, (215) 814-5274
Enid Chiu, chiu.enid@epa.gov, (215) 814-3219

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