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2014 National Training Conference
2014 National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Environmental Conditions in Communities
Cosponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Dillard University’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice
May 7-9, 2014
Hilton Crystal City
2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202
May 7-8, 2014 (Public Conference Session)
May 9, 2014 (US EPA, States, and Tribes Session)
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and Dillard University’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) are the co-sponsors of the 2014 National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Environmental Conditions in Communities. The conference will be held May 7-9, 2014, in Arlington, Virginia, at the Hilton Crystal City.
The Training Conference serves as the main public outreach and training event for EPA’s flagship community right-to-know regulatory program – the Toxics Release Inventory, the goal of which is to provide communities with information about toxic chemical releases and waste management activities. The conference augments existing online training provided throughout the year and fosters the exchange of information between EPA, localities, states, tribes, federal agencies, industry, community groups, researchers, and non-governmental organizations.
Conference Structure: The first and second days of the conference (May 7 and May 8) will be open to all stakeholders and the general public. The third day, May 9, will be a half-day working session for EPA, states, and tribes.
More information about the TRI Program: Since its implementation over 20 years ago, the TRI Program has been tracking the management of certain toxic chemicals that may pose a threat to human health and the environment. TRI information is reported annually by certain industries as well as federal facilities. Visit the Learn About TRI page for more information.
The conference will be held at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia.
Hilton Crystal City
2399 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
Directions to the hotel: The Hilton Crystal City is in the heart of Arlington’s Crystal City area, a short walk from the Crystal City metro stop on the blue and yellow lines and a short drive from National Airport. A map and directions to the hotel are available on Hilton's website.
The Hilton Crystal City offers complimentary shuttle service to Reagan National Airport. Call the Hilton for details at 703-418-3763.
Accommodations: A block of rooms is being held for attendees at the Hilton Crystal City for the nights of May 5-9, 2014, at the prevailing government rate. Reservations must be made on or before Monday April 14, 2014, in order to obtain the government room rate of $224.00, plus tax. After April 14, reservations will be accepted on a space- and rate-available basis only.
There are two options for making hotel room reservations:
- Call the hotel directly at 800-695-7551 and reference the name “TRI and Environmental Conditions in Communities National Training Conference”
- Book online by visiting the conference group page
The conference agenda includes sessions on a variety of topics from a diverse group of presenters. Participants will experience dynamic discussions, great networking opportunities, and a conference full of valuable, relevant information.
By listening to over 50 presentations and talking with experts at the poster displays and educational exhibits, you will learn about:
- Assessing and communicating environmental justice concerns;
- New research examining toxic releases and health disparities;
- Pollution prevention achievements reported to the TRI Program;
- Promoting meaningful community involvement to support decision making and engagement;
- Conveying environmental information through classroom and community training resources;
- Analyses of TRI and other chemical release data;
- Evaluating and improving data quality;
- Information access, visualization, and activism tools;
- Exploring the effectiveness of green chemistry implementation;
- TRI initiatives, rulemakings, and reporting guidance; and
- North American efforts and resources on pollutant reporting.
Online registration is now open! Registration information is collected by EPA’s grantee, the Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice. This year’s registration fee is $100. The fee is much lower than in previous years because no meals will be served during the conference this year. Online registration will be open through Friday, April 18, 2014, so please register before then!
A limited number of travel scholarships will be available for qualifying attendees representing non-profit organizations, state and local government agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes, and colleges and universities. For-profit organizations, federal agencies, and entities located overseas are not eligible for travel scholarships. Travel scholarship requests must be submitted by March 14, 2014.
- Dr. Beverly Wright, Executive Director, Dillard University, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, New Orleans, LA. Dr. Wright, environmental justice scholar, advocate, author, civic leader and professor of Sociology, is the founder of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice currently at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Center is a community/university partnership that addresses environmental and health inequities along the Mississippi River Chemical Corridor and the Gulf Coast Region. The Center provides education, training, and job placement for underserved populations in environmental justice communities within the United States. Dr. Wright has won several awards for her work including the prestigious Heinz Award and is the accomplished author of numerous scholarly books and articles. She continues to serve as a strong voice in environmental justice communities.
To find out more about corporate conference sponsors please visit DSCEJ’s website.
The Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia has an extensive selection of diverse restaurants.
Spring is one of the best times to visit the Washington, D.C. area! The Hilton Crystal City is a short distance to these Washington and Virginia landmarks and activities:
- Arlington National Cemetery Exit
- The United States Botanic Gardens
- The U.S. Capitol Building
- Fashion Centre at Pentagon City Exit
- Ford’s Theater Exit
- Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial
- Holocaust Memorial Exit
- International Spy Museum Exit
- US Marine Corps War Memorial
- The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Exit
- Korean War Veterans Memorial
- The Library of Congress
- Lincoln Memorial
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
- National Archives
- The National Museum of the American Indian Exit
- Newseum Exit
- The United States Observatory Exit
- Old Town Alexandria
- Pentagon Exit
- National Postal Museum Exit
- The Smithsonian Institution Exit
- Supreme Court
- Theodore Roosevelt Island
- Thomas Jefferson Memorial
- Union Station Exit
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial
- Washington Monument
- The White House
- World War II Memorial
- The Smithsonian National Zoological Park Exit
- Mary Williams, DSCEJ, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-816-4028
- Christine Arcari, U.S. EPA, at email@example.com or 202-566-1746
The abstract submission period is now closed. You may still view the call for abstracts for potential session topics and guidelines.