This series of bi-weekly phone calls examines effective Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) strategies from experienced grantees. PLC calls share ideas among successful grantees and prepare interested organizations for the next EPA Request for Proposals. Calls will be a mix of open discussion, workforce development news, resources, and presentations from current grantees.
- News from Washington and HMTRI
- Questions from PLC participants
- Grantee News
- Understanding employer needs – labor market assessments
- Webinars and presentation power points
- Training and professional development opportunities
- Conferences, workshops and meetings
- Funding and leveraging opportunities
- Check in with EPA Regional Coordinators
- Join us on future Professional Learning Community calls
1. NEWS FROM WASHINGTON AND HMTRI
For those who may have missed the news, EPA will be issuing an FY21 Environmental Workforce
Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Request for Proposals (RFP) this spring. Details have not been
finalized. If this schedule "holds" the FY21 EWDJT grant cycle will be similar to the FY20 cycle. We do not
anticipate major changes in the RFP. For those interested in seeing what the Request for Proposals might
look like, go to the FY20 RFP, EPA outreach webinar and FAQs at the sites listed below.
- FY 2020 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Grant FAQs (PDF)
- FY 2020 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Grants RFP (PDF)
- FY20 EWDJT Outreach Webinar (PDF)
2020 EWDJT Annual All-Grantee Meeting
August 12th and 13th
Holiday Inn Old Town, Alexandria, VA
The Annual All-Grantee Meeting is open to PLC members, past and current EWDJT grantees, and will be
attended by EPA Headquarters Staff in addition to EWDJT Regional Coordinators. This workshop consists
of two full days of group networking and breakout sessions addressing issues associated with the
development, operation and sustainability of community environmental workforce training programs.
Lodging costs for three nights will be provided, with travel on August 11th and 14th
. Participants will be
responsible for their own transportation and supplemental expenses. Registration information will be
sent out in the next few weeks.
Certified Employee Finder- A compilation of active EWDJT programs
Grantees recently responded to our annual scan of active EWDJT programs and anticipated graduation
dates. Information compiled can be used by employers nationwide in locating workers with the specific
skills and certifications to fill available job openings. This document includes:
• Grantee contact information
• Website addresses
• Current status of EPA support
• Graduation dates
• Estimated number of graduates available for employment
• Certifications and technical curriculum offered
• Core competencies associated with program graduates
• Life skills and student services provided program participants
As useful as this scan is for prospective employers, it is equally valuable for grantees and stakeholders
interested in checking out active EWDJT programs, course offerings and anticipated cohorts.
Dates and numbers are approximate and will be updated as new information is provided. Corrections and
updates can be emailed to Bruce Diamond:
Certified Employee Finder
Social Media Directory
A similar scan will be updated in the near future for EWDJT social media sites. Our last scan is posted on
the brownfields-toolbox.org and can be accessed at the following address.
2. PLC QUESTIONS
When will the RFPs be issued?
Our best guess would be an RFP issued in June with a due date in August. Again, these are assumptions
based on past competitions.
What will be the funding level and duration of the grant?
EPA Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training cooperative agreements (EWDJT) have a
maximum funding level of $200,000 to be spent over a three-year period. In FY2020 EPA awarded twentysix grants, in 2018 - seventeen, in 2017- fourteen and in 2016 - eighteen. The number of grants varies and
depends upon program budgets and funding allotted to EWDJT. An expected provision in this year’s RFP
restricting FY20 funded programs from additional FY21 support provides a great opportunity for new
programs and those applications not able to be funded last November. Note: simply resubmitting a former
application without expansion will not work (we will discuss this issue in a later PLC session).
Why is it called a cooperative agreement?
EWDJT cooperative agreements are, in simple terms, grants where EPA has a role in program planning
and operation. Cooperative agreements permit the EPA’s Project Officers to be involved in overseeing the
work performed by EWDJT grantees. Project officer involvement may include the following:
• Monitoring of the grantee’s performance to verify the work plan
• Collaborating during performance of the scope of work
• Review of proposed procurements.
• Reviewing qualifications of key personnel
• Reviewing and commenting on reports prepared under the cooperative agreement
• Reviewing outputs and outcomes to ensure substantial progress has been made in accordance
with the cooperative agreement terms and conditions
• Approval of project phases, such as curriculum development, prior to the implementation of
Prospective grantees should not be “spooked” by involvement of Project Coordinators in their grants, as it
is only their intention to assist and promote a smooth execution of the EWDJT grant.
Still have unanswered questions? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. GRANTEE NEWS
A Shout-out to West End Neighborhood House in Wilmington , DE
Thanks Ronike Haynie for the great news.
“FYI… this past Fall cohort of 2019 was my first cohort here at West End Neighborhood House in
Wilmington, DE. I serve as the recruiter, case manager and I do the Job Placement. With the help of my
Director Anya Lindsey we created a sound curriculum and focused on Social Emotional Learning (S E L)
and worked on creating a community with our students through properly engaging them the first two
weeks in our five-week program. I was able to recruit successfully by using a newly created needs
assessment that our admin and case mangers developed. I brought in 17 students and all 17 graduated,
this was our biggest class to date for our program. We currently have seven placed out the seventeen.
One of the 17 started last week as an Asbestos Abatement Worker with the School District of
Philadelphia. During the cohort, he worked as waiter at local restaurant making $2.50 an hour plus tips.
Below is an outline of the job description, job requirements, and current salary for his new job.”
The Job --- at a Glance:
• Salary starting at $48,791
• Comprehensive medical benefits package
• Paid holidays, vacation and personal leave
• Enrollment in PA State Retirement System (PSERS)
• Health insurance, Paid time off
• Bi weekly or Twice monthly
• Monday to Friday work schedule
• $52,464.00 /year with experience
Asbestos removal program in the role you'll do the following:
• Repair and/ or remove asbestos containing materials from buildings
• Install HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filtering equipment
• Removed suspended ceilings
• Remove acoustical plaster, steel beam fireproofing and/ or pipe and boiler insulation
What are the requirements to be hired?
• High School Diploma or GED equivalent
• Three years of full-time asbestos abatement experience
• Valid Asbestos Worker license issued by Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia
• Valid EPA- approved Asbestos Worker/Supervisor Certificate
• Valid Driver's license
Ronike would be happy to hear from those interested in his program at West End Neighborhood House.
When a National Laboratory copies your training methodology
“The basic format of my job training program has been ‘copied’ by N3B [ed. note: Newport News Nuclear
BWXT Los Alamos] for their apprenticeship program for the Legacy Waste Cleanup at Los Alamos. I guess
that is the sincerest form of compliment. 😊
There are several job training programs floating around NM right now. The various colleges, universities
and contractors are ‘duking it out’ to get pieces of the pie from the state and federal sources. The
‘competition’ focuses on the training rather that the recruiting of viable potential employees in these
other programs. So, they don’t have the placement rates that SFCC has.
IMHO, many of the other programs don’t deal with the attendees as people…they are ‘students’. And,
when there are several, disconnected instructors who can’t compare notes on where an attendee is
having issues/trouble/etc., they don’t/can’t help the students. This results in high dropout rates. At least,
out here in this neck of the woods.
And, the final issue, many of these other programs do not have knowledge about what the environmental
profession actually is (or how big and broad the types of jobs are). I’m watching these programs focus on
LANL (for example) rather than the other employers and their needs for workers.
I just try to stay out of the way of the ‘big guns’ and find the opportunities where I can. For example,
working with Kirk and his team is a great experience!”
Santa Fe Community College
4. UNDERSTANDING EMPLOYER NEEDS – LABOR MARKET ASSESSMENTS
With the expected date for EPA’s Request for Proposals only four months away, it’s time for the PLC to
address “Ranking Criteria” which is a key factor in determining which grants are funded and which
applicants have submitted less rigorous proposals. Ranking Criteria are subdivided into seven categories
describing how grantees propose to deliver a successful EWDJT program. The first criteria is “Community
Need”: Community need investigates why applicants have selected a particular target community
(community assessment) and whether there is an actual demand for program graduates (labor market
assessment). Out of a total 100 evaluation points, 10 points are allocated to community assessment and
10 points to labor market assessment. Today’s PLC addressed labor market assessment first because it
may influence the community selected for workforce development. The RFP states the following:
Labor Market Demand
“Provide a description of the local labor market assessment and/or employer survey you, as the applicant,
conducted. Detail the methods and results of these steps taken to assess the local labor market demand
and indicate when they took place. Discuss how these labor market assessments informed the
development of your proposed training curriculum. Discuss how these results indicate a demand for
skilled environmental professionals with the certifications you are proposing to incorporate into your
• The depth and degree you conducted a labor market assessment to gain an understanding of
the current job market in your target area;
• The methods used to conduct your assessment;
• The extent to which the labor market assessment resulted in an indication that your target
area has the demand for a skilled environmental workforce your training program would
• The extent to which the results of your assessment were incorporated into the development
of your proposal and training program curriculum.”
To properly address labor market evaluation criteria, EWDJT applicants need to begin early to develop a
comprehensive labor market assessment. Comprehensive labor market assessments go way beyond
superficial surveys projecting potential job creation. Properly conducted, labor market assessments
identify community supporters, training needs, leveraging partners, and recruitment strategies. Rather
than being an afterthought or justification for training, comprehensive labor market assessments can
serve as a foundation for planning and developing a sustainable job development program.
As part of the data collection effort, labor market assessments not only guide the training program, but
also provide the following benefits.
• Promotes business and industry support of the EWDJT program
• Assures employers that EWDJT graduates will meet their hiring criteria and performance
• Becomes a marketing tool to demonstrate how business/EWDJT program partnerships can
benefit the community
• Creates a database of prospective employers as graduation approaches
• Establishes a list of potential supporters, advisory board members and instructors
• Announces to the community a source of screened, trained and certified workers for First
Hire, Project Labor Agreements and other local cleanup efforts
Identifying employers interested in workers with environmental remediation skills and certificates can be
challenging. As discussed in the February 19th PLC (go to: https://brownfields-toolbox.org/), job titles do
not always directly relate to environmental jobs. This is because environmental remediation skills are
often integrated into traditional occupations. For example, many construction and deconstruction jobs
may require workers with environmental remediation certifications. Welders may need asbestos training.
Painters may require lead testing, remediation training, and confined space certifications. Some trades
working with potential hazardous exposures are required to have 1910.120 training. Even workers
directing the movement of hazardous materials may need flagger certifications in addition to hazardous
A cursory review of environmental technician job titles only reveals a fraction of environmental job
opportunities. To create a meaningful labor market assessment, traditional job titles need to be closely
examined to determine if EWDJT skills and certifications are required as part of that job. In the February
issue of the CONNECT Newsletter we discuss in detail where EWDJT graduates find employment. Here is a
partial list of employers who have employed EWDJT graduates having environmental remediation skills
• Local unions and pre apprentice programs – check with the business manager
• Local government departments – streets and sanitation
• Manpower and temp firms – especially those specializing in cleanup and restoration
• Consultants – remediation and service providers
• Manufacturing firms – those requiring the use of potentially dangerous materials
• Chemical and refining facilities
• Power generating facilities – oil, gas, wind, solar and nuclear
• Municipal facilities and utilities – landfill and waste handling substations
• Water/wastewater facilities – private and public
• Pest control companies
• Painting companies – particularly in older communities
• Railroad repair and maintenance facilities
• Construction and deconstruction companies
• Transportation and material handling operations
• Scrap, recycling, storage, and landfill operations
As one can see, potential employers are diverse and cross many governmental and private sector
applications. The challenge of the labor market assessment is to find employers looking for attributes
EWDJT graduates possess regardless of position title. This is the next point of discussion.
How to find potential employers - Where to begin a comprehensive labor market assessment
A good approach for finding potential employers is to “proceed from general to specific”. Organizations
including Department of Labor occupational outlook reports can provide general information; however,
this type of general information is only a starting point and will not contribute much to your
understanding of potential local employer needs. After an overview of general labor conditions, it’s time
to begin identifying specific employers who may have jobs that are suited to the training, skills, and
knowledge EWDJT graduates can provide.
Begin searching for organizations from the following sources:
• Traditional yellow page and print media advertising that still exists
• Google searches such as environmental consultants, recycling, hazardous materials
technicians, asbestos workers
• Departments of economic development and city council purchasing agents
• Workforce Investment Boards or One-Stop databases
• Local disaster response organizations
• School district job postings
• Governmental and municipal job postings sites
• Local union organizations
Local employers identified in the general scan of the community may include names of labor unions,
consultants, cleanup service providers, municipal utilities, and large manufacturing and construction
firms. This effort will be useful in identifying companies with a reoccurring need for certified graduates.
“Cold calls” and inquiries to HR departments are a good start although the best jobs come from current
Now it’s time to develop personal relationships with individuals among potential employers who value
the training and type of graduates motivated to begin a new career. Obtain contact information for
individuals who may have influence or responsibility for filling vacant positions. It is best to set up a “face
to face” meeting. If that is not feasible, a phone call/email exchange can serve as an adequate
introduction to the EWDJT program. Always plan your employer recruitment conversations with an action
plan, commitment or closure. How detailed the conversation gets depends on the enthusiasm of the
employer. Discussions may occur over several weeks and meetings with additional employees. It should
be noted that labor market assessment begins with proposal development but continues past graduate
placement and tracking. Discussions might include the following topics:
• Is the potential employer interested in vetted, trained and certified graduates?
• Is there interest from the potential employer to become an active partner?
• To what extent will the potential employer participate in the program (references, meetings,
• To what extent can the potential employer provide leveraged resources?
• Are staff available that can serve on an advisory board?
• Can volunteers provide curriculum guidance?
• Are there experienced workers that can participate in the training process?
• Will the organization consider interviewing EWDJT graduates for available jobs? (Document in
writing if possible)
• Are their additional contacts, programs or organizations that may be interested in the
proposed EWDJT program?
• Always invite employers to attend classes, graduations, and social events.
The objective of the labor market assessment is to establish long-term relationships with potential
employers. These relationships will provide EWDJT applicants with specific assurance that there is a
demand for graduates and local employers are eager to look at program graduates. In the best outcomes,
labor market assessment identifies supporters who will participate in program activities. It must be noted
that meetings with potential employers should be documented for inclusion in the proposal. We will
discuss this important activity in a later PLC. Labor market assessments can be much more than simple
information gathering efforts. When done properly they form a solid base upon which to direct and
implement the entire EWDJT program. If this session sounds more like a discussion of graduate
placement, you are correct. The best EWDJT programs place graduates before they begin the program.
This is the ultimate outcome of a successful labor market assessment.
Labor market assessment tools
Previously in our discussion, we discussed the collection of general information regarding potential
community based employers. This effort is useful before moving to a more detailed assessment that
involves contacting individual organizations. EPA has created tools that may be useful in understanding
environmental conditions, remediation activities, and employment opportunities of local communities.
We will discuss these tools as part of our next PLC addressing community assessment.
Cleanups in My Community
EPA maintains two powerful tools not directly designed to collect labor market assessment data but can
be useful in an overall effort to understand environmental remediation activity in target communities.
The first is called “Cleanups in My Community.” “Cleanups in My Community” identifies locations of EPA
assessment and cleanup grants. It can provide valuable information on where and the extent of
assessment and cleanup. Where those activities occur, employer opportunities exist.
EJ Screening and Mapping Tool
EPA maintains a powerful tool called the EJ Screening and Mapping Tool to help address environmental
concerns and equitable development. The same tool can be used to locate potential employers, pollution
sources and remediation activities. This comprehensive and detailed tool can be used to characterize just
about any neighborhood, providing location, demographic, and environmental data in detail.
The mapping tool uses high-resolution maps combined with demographic and environmental data to
identify places with potentially elevated environmental burdens and vulnerable populations. EJSCREEN’s
color-coded maps, bar charts, and reports enable users to better understand areas in need of increased
environmental protection, health care access, housing, infrastructure improvement, community
revitalization, and climate resilience. EJSCREEN can highlight communities with greater risk of exposure to
pollution based on eight pollution and environmental indicators, including traffic proximity, particulate
matter, and proximity to superfund sites. These indicators are combined with demographic data from the
U.S. Census Bureau American Community Five-year Summary Survey enabling users to identify areas with
minority or low-income populations who also face potential pollution issues. EJSCREEN identifies and
locates Superfund sites and major emitters in the community.
5. WEBINARS AND PRESENTATION POWERPOINTS
Superfund and Brownfields Funding Vehicles for Tribes
This webinar will provide information about potential tribal funding vehicles to help address
contaminated land as well as to build capacity within tribes for environmental response including
Brownfields Funding Opportunities, Superfund Subpart O Funding Opportunities, and Superfund
Community Involvement Funding Opportunities. Among the topics covered will be what makes tribes
eligible for each of the kinds of funding vehicles, what kinds of activities can be funded by each, and how
Superfund and Brownfields funding interact (or don't). The webinar should provide tribal environmental
professionals with a greater understanding of different potential funding vehicles that may support their
work at impacted sites and should assist them in discussing funding options with their EPA regional
For more information, visit:
Superfund Redevelopment Roundtable Webinar Series
A two-part webinar series for developers and local governments interested in redeveloping Superfund
sites and putting them back into productive use. Hear best practices and lessons learned from developers
and local governments who have gone through the process. Hear from U.S. EPA, who will answer
questions, provide information on available resources and support, and update participants on the latest
tools and guidance. Share your thoughts and experiences on how U.S. EPA can better support reuse of
sites in your community and across the nation.
For more information, visit:
NIEHS Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWTP) and EPA Environmental Workforce
Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grantees attended a joint meeting prior to the 2019 National
NIEHS Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWTP) grantees attended a joint meeting with
grantees from the U.S. EPA's Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Program
at the California Community Foundation campus in Los Angeles, California last December. The meeting
provided an opportunity for NIEHS and EPA grantees to network and discuss current safety, training, and
workforce development issues. Topics of discussion during concurrent breakout sessions included
emerging climate issues, disaster preparedness and resiliency, apprenticeship models, wage theft,
records management, and many others. The joint ECWTP/EWDJT meeting served as a kickoff for the 2019
National Brownfields Training Conference, which took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center during
the remainder of the week. Links to presentations below provide a summary of projects and
accomplishments of ECWTP grantees.
Here is the link to the NIEHS announcement
Joint EPA EWDJT and NIEHS ECWTP meeting agenda
NIEHS Welcome: Sharon D. Beard, M.S. and Chip Hughes, M.P.H., NIEHS
UCLA WRUC Welcome: Linda Delp, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Introductions and NIEHS Update: Sharon D. Beard, M.S. NIEHS
An introduction to the NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP)
NIEHS Worker Health and Safety Training Programs:
Sharon D. Beard, M.S. and Chip Hughes, M.P.H., NIEHS; Linda Delp, Ph.D., University of California, Los
Introduction to the NIIEHS Environmental Career Worker Training program (ECWTP)
UCLA WRUC Presentation:
Linda Delp, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles and Butch de Castro, Ph.D., University of
ECWTP: Yodit Semu, M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Accomplishments/Outcomes of ECWTP grantees
CPWR: Steve Surtees, CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training
NJ/NY Consortium: Everett Kilgo, D.Min., New York City District Council of Carpenters
TSU/DSCEJ HBCU Consortium: Beverly Wright, Ph.D., Deep South Center for Environmental Justice
OAI, Inc.: Montgomery Proffit, OAI, Inc.
USW/TMC/Make the Road New York: Maiber Solarte, M.S.W., Make the Road New York
Ready to Work: DeAndrea Lottier-Ross, Janel Bailey, LaTonya Harris, Mindy Garland, Los Angeles Black
Other presentations of interest
A summary of the scale and scope of recent California wildfires
Training for Wildfire Recovery, Cleanup, and Resiliency
Presenter: Kevin Riley, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
6. TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
NIEHS Wildfire Resources and Disaster Preparedness Application
The NIEHS WTP and its awardees have provided resources and training in support of wildfire response
operations in the United States. These resources are aimed at protecting the health and safety of those
responding to wildfires. The NIEHS/CPWR Disaster Preparedness mobile app, which includes information
on wildfires, allows workers exposed to hazards on disaster sites to access a full suite of awareness-level
NIEHS Wildfire Response Training Tool and Resources
NIEHS/CPWR Disaster Preparedness App
TechDirect, prefers to concentrate mainly on new documents and the Internet live events. However, we
do support an area on CLU-IN where announcement of conferences and courses can be regularly posted.
We invite sponsors to input information on their events at https://clu-in.org/courses . Likewise, readers
may visit this area for news of upcoming events that might be of interest. It allows users to search events
by location, topic, time period, etc. If you have any questions regarding TechDirect, contact Jean Balent
7. CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, AND MEETINGS
National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program
April 22-25, 2020
Hilton Washington DC National Mall
District of Columbia
Leaders from various sectors will engage in 3 plus days of free exchange of new ideas and new
approaches to building healthy communities. These general and interactive training sessions will feature
voices of experience, research, discussions, and thought-provoking dialogue. The program format will
feature needs and challenges of communities, governments, municipalities, tribes, faith-based
organizations, and others with interests in environmental justice and health disparities and how
addressing them together can build health communities. This joint conference will highlight programs and
collaborations that work, as well as initiatives that will not prove successful. Program speakers will feature
representatives from Federal and state agencies, local governments, tribes, community groups, business
and industry, public interest groups, academia, and other entities. This interactive forum will give
conference participants the opportunity to network with a variety of interests from diverse quarters. All
conference participants will realize informative and productive resources that can support their individual
program goals and objectives. Conference participants will also see examples of approaches that produce
positive results through innovation and collaboration. All in all, the conference will prove beneficial and
informative to participants.
Tennessee Environmental Network Show of the South (TENSOS)
Chattanooga Convention Center
May 13-15, 2020
1150 Carter Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
The Tennessee Environmental Network conference is the largest, most comprehensive and diverse
environmental education opportunity in Tennessee, and will be attended by over 1,000 Local, State, and
Federal Government Officials, Business and Industry Leaders, Attorneys, Consultants, Engineers,
Developers, Land Owners, Architects, Agribusiness Leaders, Energy Experts, Water Planning Districts,
Universities, Public Health Officials, Solid Waste, Enviro-Tech, and Recycling Experts, and many, many
others with a strong interest in environmental activities in Tennessee and the Southeast region.
Over the three-day event, TENSOS will host an elite group of environmental professionals seeking to
exchange knowledge and share ideas around environmental concerns in Tennessee and across the
Southeast region. The educational program, designed and developed by a 40-member Steering
Committee, offers more than 70 unique courses in nine educational breakout sessions, allowing
attendees to design their own personalized curriculum while receiving approved Continuing Education
credits (if applicable). With the combined efforts of the state’s leading environmental organizations, the
Tennessee Environmental Network conference is a valued educational requirement focused on Sustaining
the Future for the People of Tennessee and the Southeast region. The 2020 conference will take place at
the Chattanooga Convention Center.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your participation, please contact:
David Mook – TEN Co-Executive Director
2020 Virginia Brownfields Conference
Jun 17-18, 2020
Norton and St. Paul, VA
This year the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will be hosting its annual Brownfield
Conference in Norton and St. Paul, VA. This conference will give communities a chance to hear from
expert speakers, gain valuable inside knowledge on how to remediate and reclaim brownfield properties
in their communities, and network with industry professionals.
2020 Georgia Environmental Conference
August 26-28, 2020
Jekyll Island, GA
The Annual Georgia Environmental Conference is the largest and most comprehensive professional
environmental education conference serving Georgia and the Southeast region – across the public and
Mission: To meaningfully and significantly present Georgia Environmental Conference’s diverse slate of
topics and featured speakers focusing on providing fresh, new, high value, well-balanced, diverse, and
relevant educational content with a positive impact on current and future practitioners and the
environment of Georgia and the Southeast region.
The Conference hosts an elite group of environmental professionals seeking knowledge and sharing ideas
around environmental concerns in Georgia and the Southeast region. GEC anticipates an estimated 700
attendees, including Attorneys, Consultants, Engineers, Business, Industry, Federal, State, and Local
Government Officials, Planners and Developers, Landowners and many, many others with a strong
interest in environmental programs in Georgia and the Southeast. Sponsorships enable more diverse
groups and individuals to participate at the Annual Georgia Environmental Conference. Through
continued participation in this program, we may continue to offer course registration fees far below that
charged for comparable events and learning opportunities, while providing a top-notch Conference
The WV Brownfields Conference
September 15-17, 2020
The WV Brownfields Conference & Main Street/ON TRAC Training is West Virginia’s premier
redevelopment event that combines educational programs with networking opportunities between
communities, local governments, development professionals, and service providers. The conference
features expert panels, interactive workshops, technical training, and project case studies.
The Conference Planning Committee is currently seeking mobile workshop and breakout session ideas to
fill limited slots for the 2020 Conference in Huntington, WV on September 15-17. We are looking for
session ideas focused on downtown development, remediation and site preparation strategies, re-use
planning approaches, and redevelopment funding opportunities. Creative session formats, such as town
hall or roundtable discussions and interactive workshops, as well as traditional panel presentations, are
The deadline for session ideas is March 16, 2020. Interested entities can submit up to two presentation
proposals. Speakers will be required to register at the reduced speaker rate of $50 by August 3, 2020.
Questions can be directed to Carrie Staton at email@example.com.
8. FUNDING AND LEVERAGING OPPORTUNITIES
Develop and Implement National Environmental Education Training Programs
As directed by the National Environmental Education Act of 1990, the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the availability of approximately $11 million in funding for a multiyear cooperative agreement to develop and manage the National Environmental Education Training
Program. Applications must be submitted no later than May 29, 2020.
“Training environmental educators on the latest science, technology, and engineering is crucial not only
to their engagement on the issues, but also to inspiring the next generation of environmental educators,”
said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Through this cooperative agreement, we hope to increase the
availability and understanding of scientific information to improve environmental decision making and
promote a cleaner, healthier environment for all Americans.”
The purpose of the program is to develop and deliver environmental education training and long-term
support to education professionals across the U.S. Applications must include proposals for national
programs that will:
• Help train environmental educators.
• Increase distribution of quality materials.
• Improve non-formal education programs.
• Enhance coordination among environmental education organizations to help reduce
duplication and costs.
• Increase the number of environmental educators.
• Increase public knowledge of the environment.
Only one cooperative agreement will be awarded to a U.S. institution of higher education, a not-for-profit
institution, or a consortium of such institutions. Applicants must provide non-federal matching funds or
in-kind contributions of at least 25% of the total cost of the project.
In 1991, EPA established the Office of Environmental Education to implement programs mandated by the
National Environmental Education Act, including the National Environmental Education and Training
Program. Since 1992, the program has trained more than 4,400 formal and nonformal educators by
building infrastructure through leadership clinics, developing state certification programs, and using
technology to expand access to resources to enhance the value of environmental education, among other
Information on how to apply for the National Environmental Education and Training Program for 2020 is
Information about the teacher-training program:
For those new to EWDJT – Check out Grants.gov early
Grants.gov is the Federal portal for the listing of Federal funding opportunities from 26 Federal agencies.
With Grants.gov, individuals and organizations can perform the following:
• Find Grant Opportunities
• Search for available grant opportunities
• Register to receive notification of grant opportunities
• Apply for Grants
• Search for and download application packages
• Complete application packages offline
• Submit completed application packages
• Track the status of submitted applications
To view the website, click:
Registering at Grants.gov
Any person may view or download applications from Grants.gov. However, in order to apply for any grant
opportunities, organizations will need to register at Grants.gov. Please note that registration may take
from 7 to 28 business days to process. Organizations that do not have a taxpayer identification number or
an employee identification number will have to obtain this information from the Internal Revenue
Service. The following are three primary user roles in Grants.gov:
• The e-business point of contact (E-Biz POC) determines who is allowed to submit grant
application packages on behalf of an organization (registration required).
• The authorized organization representative (AOR) has the ability to submit applications on
behalf of an organization.
• The application author (AA) downloads and prepares grant application packages but does not
have signature authority to submit the applications.
Preparing to Apply for grants via Grants.gov opportunities is a 3-step process:
1) Register organization with Central Contractor Registry (CCR) (one time)
2) Individual authentication through Grants.gov Credential Provider (one time)
3) Logging in to Grants.gov as a verified member
Register with Grants.gov as an AOR (Authorized Official Representative). The E-Biz POC will be notified by
email and goes to Grants.gov to grant the AOR access.
Guide to Finding Federal Assistance and Resources for Environmental Justice Efforts
This EPA guide offers general guidance and tips on searching for funding opportunities, as well as
information on tools, trainings and other relevant resources that are available to help address community
needs. The Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (EJ IWG) includes several federal
agencies and White House offices that increase local community capacity to promote and implement
innovative and comprehensive solutions to environmental justice issues.
9. EPA REGIONAL JOB TRAINING COORDINATORS
EPA Region 1
CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT Phone: (617) 918-1060
EPA Region 1
Phone: (617) 918-1696
EPA Region 2
NJ, NY, PR, VI Phone: (212) 637-3283
EPA Region 3
DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV Phone: (215) 814-3406
EPA Region 4
AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC,
Phone: (404) 562-8682
EPA Region 5
IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI Phone: (312) 886-4747
EPA Region 5
Phone: (312) 886-9493
EPA Region 6
AR, LA, NM, OK, TX Phone: (214) 665-6409
EPA Region 7
Alma Moreno Lahm
IA, KS, MO, NE Phone: (913) 551-7380
EPA Region 8
CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY Phone: (303) 312-6706
EPA Region 9
AZ, CA, HI, NV, AS, GU Phone: (415) 972-3846
EPA Region 9
Phone: (213) 244-1821
EPA Region 10
AK, ID, OR, WA Phone: (206) 553-7299
Map of EPA Regions Credit: epa.gov
10. JOIN US ON FUTURE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING CALLS
Upcoming PLC calls
Missed a few of our PLC sessions? Post session notes are available on the brownfields-toolbox.org.
Join our 30-minute discussion with EPA EWDJT grantees, alumni and new interested stakeholders.
PLCs give grantees a chance to highlight their programs and an opportunity for others to learn from their
experience. For questions or to be placed on the PLC register, send your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit our HMTRI Brownfields Toolbox website for more information on Brownfields Environmental Workforce
Development and Job Training programs. All PLC session notes and recordings are also located on the website. For
those interested in providing content or suggestions, please contact Heather Ballou at email@example.com.
NOTE: The PLC brings together ideas and opinions of individuals interested in environmental workforce
development and job training. Ideas and opinions are not those of EPA or its policy and should not be taken as