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  • Brownfields Grants and Mutual Benefits of Partnering with Environmental Justice Communities

    Wednesday, December 11, 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm
    403 A
    Panel Discussions
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Transforming contaminated properties into end uses that promote environmental, economic, and healthy communities through brownfields (BFs) redevelopment advances environmental justice. A selected number of case studies will show how engaging community residents impacted by contaminated sites in the BFs redevelopment process provides an important framework to revitalize overburdened and underserved communities. The Community Support Services of US EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) will also be highlighted. These services help revitalize communities, protect the environment and public health, and foster equitable development, while providing communities the space to create healthy places in which to live, work, learn and play. Collaborative efforts in Savannah, GA will be highlighted. Other communities discussed include Lake County, OR, and Greenville, MS. This session will show how partnerships between BFs redevelopment and communities help advance environmental justice; why partnerships work; what the positive and beneficial impact community engagement can have; provide successes and lessons learned on short- and long-term progress; and describe the positive impact provided by communication and partnerships across all sectors.
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