U.S. EPA's Mississippi Environmental Education Training

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Donal Snyder Sr. Community Center

2520 Pass Road

Biloxi, MS 39531

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Participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Understand the efforts underway to help improve and protect the environment within their community.
  • Learn how collaborative problem-solving among federal, state, local, industry, community and other stakeholders are working together to address environmental issues.
  • Understand the benefits of early and meaningful public engagement and how active participation can influence environmental decision-making.



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

7:45-8:30am - Registration

8:30-8:50am - Welcome: Facilitator, Vernice Miller-Travis, Skeo Solutions

  • Kenny Glavan, Vice President of the City Council, Ward 6, Biloxi, Mississippi (MS)
  • Gary Rikard, Executive Director, MS Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)

8:50-9:45 am - Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities & Revived Economies (RESTORE): This panel will focus on the comprehensive plan to restore the ecosystem and economy of the Gulf Coast region, accomplishments to-date and next steps.

  • Ben Scaggs, Acting Executive Director, RESTORE Council
  • Chris Wells, Chief of Staff and Office of Restoration Director, MDEQ
  • Q&A Session

9:45-10:00am - BREAK

10:00-11:30am - Overview of Mississippi’s Air Quality

  • Keith Head, Air Quality Manager, MDEQ
  • Elliott Bickerstaff, Air Emissions Inventory and Attainment Branch Manager, MDEQ

Going Above and Beyond the Regulatory Requirements: Industry will discuss their sustainability practices used to help improve air quality.

  • Keith C. McMullen, Corporate Safety Director, Hol-Mac Corporation
  • Alan Sudduth, Public and Government Affairs Manager, Chevron
  • Lisa L. Noble, Installation Environmental Program Director, Naval Construction Battalion Center, US Navy
  • John Ellis, Principal Scientist, Registered Professional Geologist, ARCADIS U.S., Inc.

Air Risk Assessment: Overview of Environmental Health Data and Risks

  • Sacoby Wilson, Associate Professor, University of Maryland

11:30-11:40am - BREAK

11:45-1:00pm - *Luncheon: - Keynote Speakers - *provided by Gulf of Mexico Alliance

Recipients of Gulf of Mexico Alliance Grant Awards (GOMA)

  • Eric Sparks - Marine Debris Project
  • Elizabeth Englebretson - Plastic Free Gulf Coast Project

1:00-1:30pm - Turkey Creek Watershed Steering Committee

  • Judy Steckler, Executive Director, Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain

1:30-2:15pm - Disaster Preparedness and Response: This session will focus on enhancing a network of stakeholders to address the needs associated with disaster preparedness and response.

  • Daniel Herring, Community Disaster Relief Coordination

2:15-2:30pm - Break

2:30-3:45pm - Federal Panel: This panel will discuss tools and resources for communities.

Moderator: Cynthia Peurifoy, EJ Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4

  • Jerrie G. Magruder, MS Field Office Director, U.S. Department. of Housing and Urban Development
  • K. Evelyn Britton, Esq., Branch Manager, External Programs Branch, GSA, Office of Civil Rights
  • Dennis Jones, Resource Conservationist, U.S. Department of Agriculture

4:00 pm - Adjourn


Thursday, August 24, 2017

7:45-8:30am - Registration

8:30-8:40am - Welcome: Vernice Miller-Travis, Skeo Solutions

  • Felix Gines, City Council, Biloxi, Mississippi

8:40-10:00am - Air, Water and Land Quality in Mississippi:

Air Quality and Environmental Justice

  • Jackie Patterson, NAACP

Gulf Coast Waters

  • Beach and Fish Advisory - Doug Upton, Chief of Field Services Division, MDEQ
  • The Health of Our Water - Dr. Kelly Lucas, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Hypoxia Task Force - Dr. Ronald E. Cossman, Mississippi State University

Assessment, Cleanup and Redevelopment of Brownfield and Superfund Properties

  • Solid Waste - Taaka Scott Bailey, Solid Waste Grants Coordinator, MDEQ
  • Economic Reuse and Redevelopment - Willie McKercher, Brownfield Coordinator, MDEQ
  • Superfund - Charles King, Remedial Project Manager and Kerisa Coleman, Community Involvement Coordinator, U.S. EPA, Region 4

10:00-10:50am - Youth Leaders’ Involvement in Environmental Projects: This panel consists of youth leaders who will share their perspectives on protecting the environment.

Moderator: Karen Martin, Program Manager, National EJ Advisory Council, U.S. EPA

  • Advocating for a Health Enviroment and Environmental Justice - Devin Crowther
  • Workforce Development Program - Patrick Barnes, President, BFA Environmental/Limitless Vistas
  • Water Quality Monitoring in the Creek Communities - Kathleen Doering and Amanda Kincke-Tootle
  • Gulf Coast Students for Science: Engaging Students in Environmental Education to Create a Resilient Gulf Coast - Tony Nguyen and Allison Williams

10:50-11:50 - What Happens When Communities Collaborate: This panel will discuss community-based collaboration, best practices and lessons learned in environmental protection.

  • STEPS Coalition- Gregory Brown, Director
  • Education, Economics, Environmental, Climate and Health Organization - Kathy Egland
  • Mississippi Coalition for Vietnamese-American Fisher Folks and Families - Thao Vu
  • City of Biloxi - Felix Gines, City Council
  • Office of Community Engagement, MDEQ - Melissa McGee-Collier, Director

11:50-12:00 noon - Closing Remarks

  • Lena Epps-Price, Environmental Protection Specialist, U.S. EPA
  • Melissa McGee-Collier, Director Office of Community Engagement, MDEQ

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