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2015 National Environmental Justice Conference & Training Program March 11-13, 2015:

Leveraging NEPA for EJ Advancement  (Washington, D.C., March 12, 2015)
This half- day workshop is designed to teach the process.  While all Departmental workers are welcome to join, we especially urge analysis practitioners, contractor workers and citizens who may be interested in how Environmental Justice fits into NEPA compliance.  NEPA through its supplemental mandate is a powerful tool for supporting compliance with all applicable authorities on each action to protect the environment.  NEPA and Title VI are the strongest enforcement mechanisms that Executive Order No. 12898 can rely on.
Facilitated Panel Discussion: 
-Arthur Totten
-Suzi Ruhl
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
-Maya Sarna
U. S. Department of Transportation
-Iris D. Ponsano    
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
-Denise Cook Freeman
U. S. Department of Energy

Time:  9:45 a.m. — 12:15 p.m.
Location:  Washington Marriott at Metro Center, London Rooms 1 & 2,   775 12th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20005
Contact: email@thenejc.org to register

 

Using Documentary Film and Multimedia Art to Strengthen Efforts for Environmental Justice
(Washington, D.C., March 12, 2015)

Documentary films and multimedia offer unique and powerful mediums for engaging new and critical audiences in conversations and action to address environmental justice. Participants will learn how to use screenings and installations to raise the visibility of their work, collaborate with non-traditional allies and motivate their base.   Documentaries also offer a valuable resource for internal education and training.  This session will show participants how to leverage the life of a film – from festival, to broadcast, at the theater, and within their organizations.
Facilitated Panel Discussion:
-Molly Murphy
Co-Director, Working Films
Wilmington, North Carolina
-Michael Premo
Brooklyn, New York

Time:  1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location:  Washington Marriott at Metro Center, London Rooms 1 & 2,  775 12th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20005
Contact: email@thenejc.org to register

 

Rural Development: Access to Justice and Access to Opportunities (Washington, D.C., March 12, 2015)
This workshop will focus on understanding the programs of Rural Development (RD) and how a new generation of committed leaders and experts is needed to continue the contribution these programs have on rural economic development and its impact on  Tribes, minorities and poverty.  RD topics provide over 40 investment programs focused specifically on rural America:  (1) Rural Housing and Community Facilities Programs, (2) Rural Business and Cooperative Programs and (3) Rural Utilities Programs.  The origin of these programs were to equal the playing field for America’s rural citizens to their urban counterparts.  When market values failed to reach to rural areas, due to low demand or no initial returns on investments - USDA programs were established to develop and support these rural investment market places.  Best practices and case studies will be included.
Facilitated Panel Discussion:
-Doug O’Brien
-Patrice Kunesh
-Gary A. Bojes, Ph.D.
U. S. Department of Agriculture
Rural Utilities Service

Time:  3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location:  Washington Marriott at Metro Center, London Rooms 1 & 2, 775 12th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20005
Contact: email@thenejc.org to register

 

Grant Writing and Technical Assistance (Washington, D.C., March 13, 2015)
The Basics
Part 1.  Ready, Set: Give Me Your Money, What’s In A Name? and Do We Really Want To Do This?  Terms and Techniques of Grant Writing
Part 2.  Go: How Do We Do It?  How Much Do We Need?
Developing a Proposal and Budget
Part 3.  Where Is The Money?  Finding Available Grant Funding Agencies
Facilitated Panel Discussion:
-Ms. Deborah N. Blacknall, Grants Administrator and Assistant Officer, Office of Sponsored Programs, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC
-Ms. Gwendolyn F. Mitchell Ulmer, Grant Administrator, Office of Sponsored Programs, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC

Time:  10:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Location:  Washington Marriott at Metro Center, London Rooms 1 & 2, 775 12th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20005
Contact: email@thenejc.org to register

 

Engaging Non-Traditional Partners with Woodsy Owl’s Conservative Ethics:  A Head Start Success Story
(Washington, D.C., March 13, 2015)

This workshop will show how the Woodsy Owl’s partnership was established, what we have done to keep up the momentum, the challenges we have faced, and our vision for the future of this non-traditional partnership.  In an effort to diversify and increase outreach for Woodsy Owl’s conservation message, the U.S.D.A. Forest Service partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Head Start.  This ten year long partnership facilitates the distribution of materials, supplies, and teaching tools to educators, which help instill conservation messages into young children and their families. 

In addition, participants will have the opportunity to reconnect with their inner conservationist child by experiencing hands on in-classroom activities.  Each participant will take home a complete Woodsy Teacher’s Package and a copy of the Woodsy Owl Activity Guide.  These are attractive colorful Forest Service publications aimed at elementary school teachers and caregivers of young children, which facilitate the delivery of conservation messages to children.  These publications are tied to, and developed in accordance with, the Education Core Standards of Learning. 
Facilitated Panel Discussion:
-Iris Velez, National Symbols Program Manager
-Heidi McAllister, Assistant Director for Conservation Education
-Sue Cummings, Education Specialist
U.S.D.A. Forest Service

Time:  1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location:  Washington Marriott at Metro Center, London Rooms 1 & 2, 775 12th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20005
Contact: email@thenejc.org to register

 

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