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- What is the EJ Academy?
- Who may apply?
- Is there a fee?
- When and where will sessions be held?
- How can I find out more information?
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) are partnering to launch the first Environmental Justice Academy in Region 5. Through a series of nine modules, EJ Academy participants cultivate skills to identify environmental challenges and accomplish environmental improvement goals in their communities. The academy encourages collaborative problem-solving with local government, small businesses, academic institutions, and industry to create a shared vision among different stakeholders so that all parts of a community have a voice in addressing local environmental concerns.
The EJ Academy teaches participants:
- To leverage human, social, intellectual, technical, legal, and financial resources to make long-term progress in a community.
- To use consensus-building processes and skills to help ensure successful collaboration and negotiations.
- To increase capacity to address communities’ environmental and/or public health issues.
- A basic understanding of environmental justice and environmental regulations.
In 2020, a regional equity initiative was launched for the Miami Valley region. As a result, the EJ Academy model will be customized. Some modules will explore “equity themes” as well as “methods for encouraging positive change through community revitalization.”
Following successful completion of EJ Academy, graduates can expect to
- Complete a community portfolio, which may assist in securing funding, identifying community resources and challenges and establishing credibility among stakeholders.
- Complete an action plan to guide organizational activities.
- Identify and secure potential partners to assist with addressing their challenges.
- Network with regional community leaders.
- Be matched with professionals to provide ongoing technical assistance.
- Receive individualized feedback, guidance, and assistance from a variety of experts, from EPA and other organizations.
Participation is open to those who live or work in the MVRPC service area. Community, non-profit and environmental leaders who are engaged and active in their communities and have a vested interest in improving the overall quality of their community are encouraged to apply. Please note, more than one applicant may apply from an organization, but no more than two people will be selected from the same organization, association, or community.
To be considered for selection, applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm ET, July 19, 2021 to R5 EJ Academy (R5_EJAcademy@epa.gov). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Participation requires a $250 registration fee collected by MVRPC. Lodging will not be provided.
Sessions are tentatively scheduled for two consecutive days each month between September 2021 and May 2022, generally from Friday afternoon through Saturday. Sessions will be held in the Dayton, Ohio area. To graduate, participants must attend eight of nine sessions and complete additional programmatic requirements, including a portfolio and all homework. All COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place, and in-person meeting will be dependent on local conditions.
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