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North Carolina Title VI and Environmental Justice Interagency/Community Workshop Saturday September 22, 2012 North Carolina Central University (NCCU), Durham, NC 27707

Invitation: Presenters and Participants

This invitation is extended for you to attend North Carolina Title VI and Environmental Justice Interagency/Community Workshop, in the Auditorium of the Farrison-Newton Communication Building at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), Durham, NC (Corner of: 1800 Fayetteville Road and 500 East Lawson Street; Saturday September 22, 2012, 9:30-AM to 4:00-PM; registration 8:45-AM). Confirm attendance with: Omega Wilson, email: and office (919) 321-1296.  There is not registration fee. Bring ten dollars ($10) in cash to cover the expenses of lunch and morning refreshments. There is no compensation for presenters and resources person. Mileage reimbursement only will be available for leaders of local grassroots environmental justice organizations located in North Carolina. The workshop is setup for 150 people.

Planners, presenters, and participants are North Carolina community leaders, government officials, healthcare providers, university researchers, and legal professionals interested in learning more about the legal framework that supports compliance and enforcement for low-income, minority, and tribal areas struggling with environmental injustice issues in the state of North Carolina. This one day workshop is an initial step focused on the dissemination, education, and implementation of existing and new federal legal tools necessary to produce more measurable outcomes in North Carolina communities challenged with polluted air, contaminated water, toxic soil, and human health risks.

This workshop is not a forum for debating what we know to be inequities in environmental justice communities and tribal areas. The North Carolina community and state agency planners are seeking your presence as panelist/resource people and participant/observers in an agenda that is designed to initiate a better understanding of legal obligations for recipients of federal and state tax dollars under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, National Environmental Policy Action (NEPA), and statutes that support the Environmental Justice Executive order 12898. We know that local/state/federal governments are major recipients tax dollars and also approver of permits for industrial growth that impact our environment and health.

Key measurable outcomes expected are the initial steps to establishing in North Carolina: a) North Carolina Environmental Justice & Inequities Collaborative, b) community/state agencies engagement, c) state/local interagency government involvement, and d) use of legal/technical tools in impacted areas. Your prompt confirmation of your participate via email and completion of the attached form(s) will help our planning team effectively prepare for a successful and historic first North Carolina Title VI and Environmental Justice Interagency/Community Workshop at NCCU’s historic campus.

NOTE: You must make your own overnight lodging reservations. Hotels near the meeting site include several at the Raleigh/Durham Airport and near Fayetteville Street (Hilton Garden Inn at Southpoint Durham, 7007 Fayetteville Road, Durham, North Carolina, 27713, (919) 544-6000; or Four Points by Sheraton Durham at Southpoint, 7807 Leonardo Drive, Durham, NC 27713 (919) 806-8200).

Thanks for your cooperation and support,

Co-Chair: Omega R. Wilson, President, West End Revitalization Association, Mebane, NC Co-Chair: Elaine Chiosso, Riverkeeper & Director of Haw River Assembly, Bynum, NC Lead Planner: Steve Gurganus, AICP—Lead EJ Planner, NC Department of Transportation Lead Planner: Amy Simes, EJ Coordinator, NC Department of Environment & Natural Resources Lead Planner: Yolanda Anderson, Chair of Department of Environmental, Earth and Geospatial Sciences at NCCU, Durham

Save the date (pdf)

Draft agenda (doc)

Organization fact sheet (doc)

Invitation (pdf)

Additional information can be found on our History of EJ Summit page.