Tuesday, March 22, 2022
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM (CDT)
Successfully Navigating the Environmental Justice Process
Kansas City Convention Center - Room 2103C

State and federal environmental agencies are refocusing their efforts to ensure that proposed projects are in full compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Agencies are revising regulations and updating policies on solid waste facility and landfill siting and expansions to include requirements for completing Environmental Justice Reviews. HDR understands that this engagement’s success is more than meeting the criteria; it’s a built-in understanding of our projects’ impact on the community and how to communicate them. The review process includes the environmental level, public outreach and involvement, and potential mitigation strategies for impacted communities. Environmental Justice Review has been a significant component of transportation project permitting for several years, and we can provide recommendations on best practices for EJ outreach. This presentation will include a review of GIS-based community analysis, social media analytics, and strategic planning for stakeholder communication and outreach. Learn how these techniques for public outreach and communication with affected communities use enhanced engagement methods to reach underserved communities. Our presenter will detail the Environmental Justice Review process from beginning to end, providing the best practices for successful engagement.

Kate Bartelt