EOP Foundation Seminars - Public Sector

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Custom Course #13 - Environmental Justice Policy & Public-Private Interactions

The course employs a combination of interactive lectures led by module instructors who are experts in the various applied aspects of environmental justice policy implementation. The curriculum is focused on providing the information Federal managers must employ as part of the routine responsibilities of implementing environmental justice policies. Following an introductory overview of the statutory implications of environmental justice, the course will discuss the principle tenants of the government’s environmental justice policies and how these policies are being addressed in both the environmental community and the private sector. An environmental justice case study is one of the vehicles that will be utilized to teach the analytical requirements and how to evaluate success. The course will also include a panel discussion comprised of private sector executives and environmental justice activists. The panel is targeted to highlight the current issues associated with government environmental justice related requirements. The course will teach the significance of disproportionate impact analysis and its importance to the success of federal policy in environmental justice communities. Finally, the course will discuss how environmental justice policies are being addressed in each Federal department, agency, and commission.

Course Objectives

The Obama Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency have declared that they are going to focus their attention on and make policy decisions based on environmental injustices that affect low-income and minority populations. The objective of this course is to familiarize Federal managers with the nuances contained within environmental justice policies and how they can use the knowledge gained in this course to have environmental justice principles in mind when permitting hazardous facilities, enforcing environmental laws, and cleaning up contaminated sites. This course examines how the cross-cultural study of human-environmental relations can improve our understanding of contemporary environmental problems and their solutions. After successful completion of this course, participants will:

  • Understand how the Civil Rights Act and environmental justice policies are intertwined so that Federal managers will be able to relate environmental justice to the Civil Rights Act.

  • Understand the politics of environmental justice.

  • Have the ability to coordinate interagency decision-making associated with environmental justice policies.

  • Posses the capability to implement environmental justice polices via case study approach.

  • Have improved their negotiating and analytical skills.

  • Have participated in interactive instruction and role playing designed around an environmental justice panel discussion.

  • Develop proactive strategies and techniques to implement environmental justice in their agencies programs and projects.

  • Have improved their leadership skills through translating the impact associated with maintaining the appropriate skill mix to preserve credibility in the process.