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Advancing Communities Through the

Environmental Justice Academy

2016 National Environmental Justice Conference


and Training Program
March 11, 2016

Presenters
Ernest Muhammad - Low Country
Alliance for Model Communities
Sederra Ross - Clark Atlanta University
Joan Wesley - Jackson State University
Gwen Smith Collier Heights
Improvement Council
Sheryl Good - U. S. EPA, Region 4
Daphne Wilson - U.S. EPA, Region 4
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Workshop Outline

Background
Curriculum overview
Closeout
Lessons Learned
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EJ Academy Background
Vision and concept
Experience working in EJ communities
Managing grants
Addressing complaints
Action plan and portfolio development
Alumni component
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Resources and Support

Budget ($0 - $120,000)


Internal (Senior and divisionlevel management)

External (OEJ HQ, Emory


University, others)
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Human Capital and


Manpower
Staff, details, interns
Module development/curriculum
design

Marketing
Administrative tasks
Planning and coordination
Module implementation
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EJ Academy Concept
Facilitated, hands-on learning process that incorporates:
EPAs Collaborative Problem Solving Model
Appreciative Inquiry Philosophy
Smart Growth Building Blocks Process
Leadership Development
Open to community-based and EJ environmental leaders
actively engaged in their communities
Facilitated by EPA staff and subject-matter experts
Participants meet each month for 9 months

EJ Academy
Modules
1. Discovering YOUR Power: Program Launch and Orientation
2. Make It Happen: Define Community-Identify Challenges-Create
Vision-Set Goals

3. Leading the Way: Community Capacity Building and Leadership


Development

4. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Consensus Building and Dispute


Resolution

5. Know Your Neighbors: Developing Partnerships and Leveraging


Resources

6. More Than a Little Change: Identify Financial Resources and


Researching Funding

7. Taking Care of Business: Sound Management and Implementation


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8. Bringing It All Together: Evaluation and Lessons Learned

1. Discovering YOUR Power:


Program Launch and Orientation

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand program
requirements

2.Define EJ, environmental laws


and regulations

3.Recognize the CPS Model


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techniques and steps

Discovering YOUR Power:


Program Launch and Orientation
Topics/Exercises:
1. I Have a Dream speeches
2. Program overview and
requirements

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3. EJ 101
4. Tour of Atlantic Station
5. CPS role playing activity

Discovering YOUR Power:


Program Launch and Orientation
Speakers:
1. Southern Law Center
2. Retired EPA employee
Homework:
Community assessment and description
ID challenges, demographics,
boundaries, etc.
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2. Make It Happen: Define


Community-Identify ChallengesCreate
Vision-Set
Goals
Learning
Objectives:
1. Employ appreciative inquiry

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approach
2. Meditate on community story
3. Refine goals and recognize SMART
action steps
4. Learn components of a sustainable
community

Make It Happen: Define


Community-Identify ChallengesCreate
Vision-Set Goals
Topics/Exercises:

1. Jeopardy Game
2.Vision board activity
3. Ted Talk video: The Happy Secret
to Better Work

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4. Appreciative inquiry
5. Sustainable communities

Make It Happen: Define


Community-Identify ChallengesCreate
Vision-Set Goals
Speakers:
1. EPA, Sustainable Communities Expert
2. Building Blocks recipients
3.GA Senator Vincent Fort
4.Appreciate Inquiry Expert
Homework:
Complete vision board and share with
community, dream statement

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3. Leading the Way: Community


Capacity Building and Leadership
Learning Objectives:
Development
1. Identify and manage emotions
2.Define community capacity-building

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and leadership tools


3.Understand appreciative leadership
4.Recognize characteristics of a great
leader
5.Recognize personality preferences
and leadership styles

Leading the Way: Community


Capacity Building and Leadership
Development
Topics/Exercises:

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1. Emotional intelligence
2. Personal leadership quotes
3. DISC Assessment
4. True Colors Personality Test
5. Leadership videos
6. Lego activity

Leading the Way: Community


Capacity Building and Leadership
Development
Speakers:

1. Vernice Miller-Travis, SKEO Solutions


2.EcoAction Executive Director
3.Clayton County Tax Commissioner
4.Georgia EMC Community Planner
Homework:
Great groups self assessment
Organizational assessment tool
Letter to government official/succession planning
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4. Teamwork Makes the Dream


Work: Consensus Building and
Dispute
Resolution
Learning Objectives:

1. Use consensus building and


dispute resolution tools

2. Promote mutual gains within


their communities
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Teamwork Makes the Dream


Work: Consensus Building and
Dispute
Resolution
Topics/Exercises:

1. Introduction to collaboration
using appreciative inquiry,
alternative dispute resolution, and
open-space meeting tools

2. Simulation exercises
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Teamwork Makes the Dream


Work: Consensus Building and
Dispute
Resolution
Speakers:

1. ADR experts
2. Kennesaw State University
Mediation Director

Homework:
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Finish Module 3 homework

5. Know Your Neighbors:


Developing Partnerships and
Leveraging
Resources
Learning Objectives:

1. Recognize the importance of


stakeholder engagement

2.Identify key stakeholders and


roles

3.Manage sustaining partnerships


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Know Your Neighbors:


Developing Partnerships and
Leveraging
Resources
Topics/Exercises:

1. Stakeholder engagement 101


2. Regenesis partnership case
study

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Know Your Neighbors:


Developing Partnerships and
Leveraging
Speakers: Resources
1. Democracy Collaborative
2. University of Georgia
3.Proctor Creek Stewardship Council
4.Local NAACP Officer
5.Michael Burns, EPA CUPP Director
Homework:
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Key stakeholder table

6. More Than A Little Change:


Identify Financial Resources and
Researching
Funding
Learning Objectives:
1. Describe a plan for financial
management

2. Identify ways to secure financial


resources

3. Search for grants and prepare a grant


application
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4. Create a budget

More Than A Little Change:


Identify Financial Resources and
Researching
Funding
Topics/Exercises:

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1. Defining financial management


2. Developing a realistic budget
3. Identifying financial sources
4. Defining the grant process
5. Financial sustainability

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More Than A Little Change:


Identify Financial Resources and
Researching Funding
Speakers:
1. EPA Region 4, Grants
Management Office
2. Retired GA Office of Community
Engagement Commissioner
Homework:
Piranha Bowl presentations

7. Taking Care of Business:


Sound Management and
Implementation
Learning Objectives:

1. Develop a concise and effective


pitch

2. Describe the importance of


sound management

3. Describe project management


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Taking Care of Business: Sound


Management and Implementation
Topics/Exercises:
1. Sound management
2. Project management
3. Documenting and communicating
progress

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4. Celebrating successes
5. Succession planning
6. Piranha bowl presentations

Taking Care of Business: Sound


Management and Implementation
Speakers:
1. EPA Region 4, Office of Policy and
Management
2.Panel of distinguished judges
3.Dr. Robert Bullard
4.Dr. Beverly Wright

Homework:
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Sound management homework sheet

8. Bringing It All Together:


Evaluation and Lessons Learned

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand how to evaluate
programs

2. Understand data collection,


research methodology and tools
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Brining it All Together:


Evaluation and Lessons Learned

Topics/Exercises:
1. Citizen science
2. Program evaluation
3. Data collection tools and
techniques
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Bringing It All Together:


Evaluation and Lessons Learned

Speakers:
1. EPA Region 4, QA/QC Manager
2. Panel of distinguished judges
3.Office of Research and
Development Scientists

Homework:
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Prepare portfolios

Benefits to Participants
Interact directly with Senior Managers and

technical experts from EPA and other organizations

Receive individualized technical assistance from


SKEO

Establish partnerships with like-minded


organizations

Compile a portfolio to promote their community


Develop a 100-day Action Plan to address their
challenges

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Wrap-up and Lessons


Learned

Evaluation after each module by

participants
Team debrief meetings after each module
Planning meeting for EJ Academy 2.0
Start and end dates
Focus group session
More focused attention on completing
homework assignments
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Wrap-up and Lessons


Learned

Vet participants better


Need senior management support
Funding (e.g, contractor, overtime,
supplies, speaker honoraria,
printing)

Dedicated staff (not rotating)


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What are the participants


saying?

Learned more about self through


the personality assessment and
DISC

Learned about stakeholders roles


and positions of others in the
community

Learned about funding tools and


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grantwriting

What are the participants


saying?

Opportunity to apply lessons in

modules to assess community


needs, share information, and
learn/collaborate with classmates

Expanded understanding of the full


range of EJ concerns

Increase knowledge of tools such as


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EJSCREEN, appreciative inquiry,


and conflict resolution