Friday, May 17, 2013

EPA’s African-American Leaders Round Table

EPA Office of Public Engagement African American Round Table
With: Heather Foster, Associate Director, Office of Public Engagement, The White House
And: Michelle DePass, Assistant Administrator, Office of International & Tribal Affairs,
EPA Bi-monthly Round Table Series
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Heather Foster

Theme: How can the EPA better engage the African-American community around environmental issues?

Particpants addressed the need to:

* better understand how EPA news specifically impacts particular constituents. How does EPA work affect moms, kids and families? 

* better translate what the EPA does and explore how that can be turned into jobs.

* provide EPA information regularly, particularly regarding the status of rulemaking.

* prepare groups with talking points to better inform our public.

* better package the information in order to be delivered with more impact.

* continue to have people that look like us sitting at tables discussing.

* utilize black media to help carry our message.

* Examine a framework to do better at connecting local activists/organizations with their respective communities.

* make things more relevant to communities and the people that live in them.

* develop some kind of EPA Boot Camp and do something similar with the younger generation especially.

* find more creative ways to connect to people and send out information, using multiple channels (social media, churches).

* put a little pressure on the non-profits and their CEOs to start connecting with each other and reaching out into their communities more.


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