Tuesday, June 23, 2017
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Eastern
The Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DU/DSCEJ) hosted the webinar, It Takes a Village to Address Environmental Justice Concerns: Collaborative Partnerships and the use of TRI Data to Address Environmental Concerns in the Southeast Community of New Port News, Virginia.
The Southeast CARE Coalition (SECC) is a community-based grassroots alliance made up of residents, organizations, businesses, and academic institutions working together to address environmental concerns in the Southeast Community of Newport News, Virginia. The use of TRI data has been instrumental to SECC’s ongoing work. Dr. Erica Holloman, co-chair of SECC’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, discussed the role that EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) played in three initiatives aimed at educating and empowering members of the Southeast community and the broader Hampton Roads region. Webinarparticipants learned about the importance of collaboration and working with diverse partners and the need for sustained engagement when addressing concerns in environmental justice communities. Participants learned about these SECC initiatives: · Environmental health workshops for community members · Collaboration with state and federal agencies to host a public training session on the Clean Air Act Title V permitting process · Successful petition of the Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources to install air monitors in the Southeast community.
Dr. Erica L. Holloman Hill earned a B.S. in Marine and Environmental Science and a M.S. in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Science from Hampton University. She earned her Ph.D. from the School of Marine Science at the College of William & Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS). Dr. Hill’s area of expertise lies in the field of marine science, environmental risk assessments (human and ecological), community-based participatory research (CBPR), and environmental justice. From 2011 to 2016, she served as the Coalition Coordinator for the Southeast CARE Coalition (SECC), a broad, grassroots, community-based, alliance created to address environmental concerns in the Southeast Community of Newport News, Virginia. She currently volunteers as co-chair of the Science and Technical Advisory Committee for SECC. In 2016, Dr. Hill founded Ayika Solutions, Inc, an environmental consulting firm focused on creating and managing the sacred spaces where sound science and authentic community engagement merge into implementable, empowered solutions.
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