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2016 National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory

(TRI) and Environmental Conditions in Communities

Cosponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Dillard University’s

Deep South Center for Environmental Justice

October 19 – 21, 2016

Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Ave., NW
Washington, DC 2001

October 19 - 20, 2016 (Public Conference Session)

October 21, 2016 (US EPA, States, and Tribes Session)

About the Conference

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), which supports and promotes emergency planning and provides the public with information about releases of toxic chemicals in their community through the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). Join us for presentations, panels, discussions, exhibits, and networking opportunities as we celebrate TRI's 30th birthday and look ahead to the next 30 years of community right-to-know.

The TRI Program provides information on industrial releases and other waste management of toxic chemicals and what industrial facilities are doing to prevent pollution in communities. This conference is the TRI Program's main public outreach and training event, bringing together EPA, localities, states, tribes, federal agencies, companies, community groups, researchers, and non-governmental organizations.

Call for Abstracts, Posters and Exhibits

The theme of this year’s conference is TRI at 30: Working Together To Reduce Toxic Releases. The conference co-sponsors—the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Dillard University’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice—invite you to submit abstracts for oral presentations, posters and exhibits. This is a great opportunity to present your research, share knowledge, and network with others. Abstracts will be accepted through May 20, 2016.

Conference Agenda

The conference will include a mix of plenary and breakout sessions and exhibits on the two public-session days, October 19 and 20.

  • Presentations will include plenary and breakout sessions on topics such as those suggested below. Conference planners will organize presentations with similar topics and allocate time slots (typically 10-20 minutes depending on the number of speakers in a session) to ensure sufficient time for questions and answers.
  • Posters will be displayed throughout the conference and presented in two dedicated networking sessions on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Exhibits of relevant government programs, publicly available tools, or community organizations are welcome. Due to space limitations, exhibits are limited to tabletop displays or pop-up banners only.

In response to suggestions from previous conferences, we will make an effort to provide more networking time to maximize the benefits of in-person interactions. For example, new this year, the conference will include dedicated poster, exhibitor, and networking sessions to foster discussion and collaboration among attendees. Also, we will be working with all presenters to ensure more time is available for questions and answers.

As the agenda is more fully developed, additional information and guidelines will be available for the selected speakers and exhibitors. (Please note that the agenda for the U.S. EPA-States-Tribes Session on October 21 will be developed separately.)

Suggested Topics

Abstracts should describe how presentations, posters and exhibits will promote outreach, learning, and networking. This could be among federal, state, tribal and local government agencies; academics; industry; contractors; community groups; students; and others interested in accessing and using TRI data either alone or in conjunction with other sources of environmental information.

Suggested topics for presentations, posters, and exhibits include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaboration among stakeholders to reduce toxics in communities, particularly in environmental justice areas or tribal communities
  • Improvements to TRI reporting, data quality, data access, and analysis tools
  • Trends in chemical releases to air, water, and land using TRI and other data
  • Using TRI data to inform research on human health impacts and health disparities
  • Measurement of corporate environmental performance using TRI data
  • Exploring connections between TRI and green chemistry, green engineering, pollution prevention, sustainable development and natural disaster vulnerabilities
  • Promoting innovations in environmental education and stewardship associated with toxic pollutants
  • Characterizing and communicating potential risks to communities using TRI data and tools along with other information

Abstracts that do not fit specifically into these suggested topics will also be considered if they are relevant to the overall conference and theme. In addition to individual presentations, we encourage you to contact your colleagues and suggest ideas for dynamic and engaging panel discussions.

Guidelines for Submission

Abstracts should contain an overview of the topic, indicate the format envisioned (oral presentation, poster, or exhibit) and provide full contact information for each presenter.

  • Oral presentations, posters and exhibits selected in response to this call for abstracts will be given on the public session days, October 19-20, 2016.
  • Please submit abstracts via the abstract submission webform.
  • Abstracts will be accepted through May 20, 2016.
  • Authors will receive notification of decision via email in June 2016.

Past Conference Agenda Topics

You may want to browse the presentations from the 2014 TRI National Training Conference to see what the TRI Program has selected in the past. 


Registration is now open for the 2016 National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory and Environmental Conditions in Communities, co-sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice.

The 2016 conference addresses current and emerging right-to-know, pollution prevention, community engagement, tools and data, and public health protection efforts involving the Toxics Release Inventory and other environmental information in an effort to support thriving, informed communities. 

The conference registration fee is $200. Register on the Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice website at Registration information is collected by US EPA’s grantee, the Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice.

For questions please contact Margaret Conomos at the United States Environmental Protection Agency at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Mary Williams at the Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Travel Scholarships

A limited number of travel scholarships will be available for qualifying attendees representing community organizations, academics, students, government, and tribal groups. Travel scholarships include conference registration fee, hotel, flight or mileage, and per diem.

To apply for a travel scholarship, please include the name of your organization/school, description of your work and indicate if you are submitting a poster or oral abstract.

Apply for a travel scholarship online at

For more information contact Mary I. Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Hotel Information

The conference will be held at the Washington Court Hotel. 

Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 628-2100

The Washington Court Hotel is a luxury hotel located just two blocks from the U.S. Capitol and Union Station. Union Station has a metro stop, rail stop, bus stop, rental car agencies, shopping and dining. The Washington Court Hotel is only five miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, 35 miles from Dulles International Airport, and 40 miles from Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

A block of rooms is being held for this event. You must reserve your room on or before September 12 to get the $222.00/night (plus tax) government rate. After September 12, reservations will be accepted on a space- and rate-available basis only. 

You can reserve your room by:

  • Calling the hotel directly at (800) 321-3010 and referencing the name “TRI and Environmental Conditions in Communities National Training Conference” 
  • Booking through the conference group page

Corporate Sponsors

There are excellent opportunities for your organization to market and showcase your important contributions, technologies and products to the leading members of the TRI and environmental community.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the 2016 National Training Conference on Toxics Release Inventory, please contact Mary I. Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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