FBA Environmental Justice & Public Health Committee Announcements


  Gulf Coast Region COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Meeting  

Environmental Justice and Natural Disasters/COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Meeting: Gulf Coast Region
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. EST // 5:30 – 7:30 CST 

Virtual Event 

The Federal Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Environmental Justice (EJ) and Natural Disaster Subcommittee is hosting a two-hour virtual Town Hall Meeting to focus on the Gulf Coast Region on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. 

The purpose is to gain a better understanding of how natural disasters and COVID-19 impact minority, low-income, overburdened, and underserved communities, and how the federal government can better provide support to these communities to prepare and respond to their needs before, during, and after natural disasters. 

The desired outcome is to gather lessons learned and best practices from on the ground voices, as well as identify action steps which the federal government can work on to better assist overburdened and underserved communities.  

The target audience for this meeting is local community members who are located in the Gulf Coast Region. As a reminder, we have one more Town Hall Meeting coming up in the near future, focused on the West and Southwest Coast (Date TBD). More information about this meeting will be posted soon, so please check back to the meeting website.  

Event website and registration: https://tools.niehs.nih.gov/wetp/events.cfm?id=2613


Leadership for Sustainability: Strategies for Tackling Wicked Problems

Leadership for Sustainability:
Strategies for Tackling Wicked Problems

Friday, March 5, at 1:00 p.m. EST

Participants of this live webinar are eligible for 1.5 AICP CM credits.

Planning for today’s environmental and sustainability challenges requires more than expertise and technology. Effective solutions require that we engage with other people, wrestle with difficult questions, and learn how to adapt and make confident decisions despite uncertainty.

Join the Maryland Department of Planning and the Smart Growth Network at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, Friday, March 5, as Bruce Hull, a Senior Fellow at Virginia Tech, discusses how to address complex “wicked problems,” by blending systems thinking approaches with leadership techniques. He will offer strategies and practices that build on the foundation of three main skills: connecting, collaborating, and adapting.

Find out more and register for this free webinar via the link below.

Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse | 410-767-4949 | SmartGrowth.org

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The Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse is a project of the Smart Growth Network and is partially funded by the U.S. EPA, Office of Community Revitalization, and managed by the Maryland Department of Planning

  NSF Grant Opportunity - posted 1/15/2021

NSF seeks applications for grants to expand the volume and increasing the diversity, interconnectedness, and effectiveness of the STEM workforce.  For application and deadline information, visit the NSF Website: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505864.


 USDA Grant - posted 1/15/2021

USDA seeks applications for grants to support rural community development projects. For application and deadline information, visit the USDA Website: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-community-development-initiative-grants.


 Openings on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC)

There are several openings on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC).  Maybe you have some counterparts in the Tribes or community organizations that you work with who might be interested in serving on the Council? 

As noted on the announcement page, nominations are being sought “from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to (EPA’s) National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. The deadline is March 24, 2021.  The NEJAC was chartered to provide advice regarding broad, cross-cutting issues related to environmental justice. EPA is seeking nominations to fill approximately seven (7) new vacancies for terms through September 2022. Vacancies are anticipated to be filled by September 2021. To maintain the representation outlined by the charter, nominees will be selected to represent:

  • Community-based organizations (2 vacancies)
  • State and Local (2 vacancies)
  • Tribal governments/ Indigenous organizations (1 vacancy)
  • NGOs (1 vacancy)
  • Academia (1 vacancy)

Regions we are focused on recruiting for new NEJAC Members are 1,2, 7, 8, 9, and 10“. 

If you have questions or need more info, please contact Karen Martin ([email protected]) or George Ward ([email protected]) in the EJ Program, either of whom can give you more information.



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