Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program

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 (U.S. EPA, States, and Tribes Session)

About the Conference

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. 

Hotel Details

The conference will be held at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia

Hilton Crystal City
2399 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: 703-418-6800

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: As of Friday, April 18, the room block at the Hilton Crystal City is full. If you still need a hotel room and are unable to make a reservation at the Hilton, please contact Christine Arcari at 202-566-1746 for suggestions on other nearby hotel accommodations.


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!

Travel Scholarships

The deadline for applying for travel scholarships has passed. Notifications will be e-mailed by March 28, 2014. For questions regarding travel scholarships, contact Mary Williams at

Speaker Bios

  • Gina McCarthy is the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Appointed by President Obama in 2009 as Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, Gina McCarthy has been a leading advocate for common-sense strategies to protect public health and the environment. Previously, McCarthy served as the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. During her career, which spans over 30 years, she has worked at both the state and local levels on critical environmental issues and helped coordinate policies on economic growth, energy, transportation and the environment. McCarthy received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a joint Master of Science in Environmental Health Engineering and Planning and Policy from Tufts University. When she is not in D.C., McCarthy lives in the Greater Boston area with her husband and two dogs, just a short bike ride away from their three children, Daniel, Maggie and Julie.
  • 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.

Corporate Sponsors

To find out more about corporate conference sponsors please visit DSCEJ’s website.  

Exhibit Booths and Posters

Educational exhibit tables will be set up outside the Virginia Ballroom where attendees will be able to interact with experts on the following subjects:

  • Comparison between the Chemical Data Reporting rule and the Toxics Release Inventory, U.S. EPA
  • Demo of New TRI Website, U.S. EPA
  • Development of ChemView: EPA’s Online Database on Chemical Information under the Toxic Substances Control Act, U.S. EPA
  • Envirofacts and Developer’s Central, U.S. EPA
  • The Health Equity Index: Correlating TRI data with health outcomes in Connecticut, Green River
  • Suite of TRI Tools Exhibit Booth, U.S. EPA
  • Toxic Release! An Eco-Educational Role Playing Game, State University of New York at Plattsburgh Center for Earth and Environmental Science
  • TRI-MEweb: Tips and Tricks, U.S. EPA
  • TOXMAP "Reloaded", National Library of Medicine
  • TRI and Tribes: Resources and Findings, U.S. EPA
  • U.S. EPA Superfund, TRI, EPCRA, RMP & Oil Information Center, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • U.S. EPA’s TRI Community Engagement Initiative – What’s New and What to Expect Next, U.S. EPA
  • Your Environment = Your Health: Meaningful Involvement, Meaningful Information, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department & Washington State Department of Ecology

The following posters will be displayed throughout the conference space:

  • Communication and Enforcement of Scientific Outcomes among Vulnerable Communities:
    An Environmental Justice’s Perspective in North Charleston Neck Communities, South Carolina, Olalekan Ogunsakin, Tulane University
  • Developing Community and Campus Awareness of Watershed Protection using TRI-linked Tools,
    Olivia Sanchez, Huston-Tillotson University
  • Environmental Outreach Programs: A New Model,
    Marsie DeOliveira, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Examining Environmental and Social Predictors of Asthma in the St. Louis Metropolitan Region,
    Rebecca Gernes, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Exploring Children’s Environmental Health Impacts Using PRTR Data,
    Osnat Wine & Osornio-Vargas Alvaro, ChEHC Paediatrics, University of Alberta
  • Integrating Community Health and Wellness into the Superfund Reuse Assessment Process: A Framework,
    Melissa Dreyfus, US EPA
  • Spatial Distribution of Carcinogens Air Emissions in Puerto Rico 2007-2011,
    Wilson Santiago, University of Turabo &,
    Joel Velazquez, Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics
  • Trends in Chlorine and Ammonia Accidents in the United States: 2009-2011,
    Veronica Tinney, Children's National Medical Center
  • TRI Releases and Public Health Outcomes, Michael Hendryx,
    Indiana University


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:

Conference Contacts

Call for Abstracts

The abstract submission period is now closed. You may still view the call for abstracts for potential session topics and guidelines. 

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