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
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.