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Established by Executive Order 12898, the Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (EJ IWG) comprises 17 federal agencies and White House Offices that work together to guide, support and enhance environmental justice and community-based activities. Check out the EJ IWG Webpage for more information.

The EJ IWG is hosting the Access & Awareness Webinar Series, a monthly event, to provide public access to the working group and to increase community awareness of federal agency environmental justice strategies and holistic community-based solutions to address environmental justice issues. This series will help the public gain a deeper understanding of how federal agencies are collaborating and what resources are available to anyone interested in improving the health, quality-of-life, and economic opportunities in overburdened communities.

Webinar No. 3:

From Home to School and Back Again: Creating Safe and Healthy Environments for Children


1:00pm – 2:30pm Eastern Time


For Children’s Health Month, the EJ IWG’s Access and Awareness Webinar series is working to raise awareness of technical assistance and federal resources that support children’s environmental health in vulnerable communities. This webinar will include an introduction to The President’s Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children by the Department of Health and Human Services. The Task Force includes 17 federal departments and White House offices and addresses a number of priority areas including, climate change, asthma disparities, healthy homes, and chemical exposures.

EPA representatives from the Great Lakes Region will discuss the benefits of effective coordination between Environmental Justice and Children’s Health, provide an overview of initiatives to address lead exposure, and share information about reducing childhood exposures. They will also connect the audience with resources, tools, and EPA guidance documents to help build capacity to address a range of lead exposure issues in communities around the country.

This webinar will also highlight the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) and how it continues to demonstrate success in reaching disadvantaged communities both under the previous SAFETEA-LU transportation legislation (Safe Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users) and the current Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The SRTS Team will focus on key aspects of the program including measures that support equitable distribution of safe routes funding and highlight successful projects that improved access to schools and other essential community services in neighborhoods with limited resources.

Moderator: Siobhan Whitlock, Office of Environmental Justice and Sustainability, Environmental Protection Agency - Region 4


  • Sandra Howard, Senior Environmental Health Advisor, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Alan Walts, Director, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Environmental Protection Agency – Region 5
  • Tammy Moore, Supervisory Environmental Scientist, Land and Chemicals Division, Environmental Protection Agency – Region 5
  • Seth LaJeunesse, Associate Director for the National Center for Safe Routes to School, UNC Highway Safety Research Center
  • Cookie Leffler, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Mississippi Department of Transportation


Please subscribe to the EPA’s Environmental Justice Listserv( so that you can receive registration information on all our upcoming webinars and activities!

Audio will be available via the Adobe Connect webinar room. Please contact Jeanine Finley ( if you require audio conference line information or if you have difficulty accessing the webinar room.

The link to the webinar room will be sent out to registrants prior to the meeting. When you click the link, enter the webinar room as a guest by inputting your name and hit “enter room.” Adobe Connect may require you to download a plug-in, so please enter the room at least 5 minutes early to ensure that you can join us on time.

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